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Racism on the Road: The Oral History of Black Artists Touring in the Segregated South

By Steve Knopper Billboard spoke with Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Jones and other legendary acts who faced extreme racism to bring their music to the American South in the 1950s and ’60s. Powered byWordPress Support Excerpt of an Excellent Read. One day in the early ’50s, three jazz legends were on a road trip…
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What Makes A Good Crew

By Martin Thomas I hope my insights and experiences are of assistance to those seeking to achieve success in this industry, and I look forward to working with many eager and dedicated workers in the near future. As an LD, the qualities that make the various support personnel for the production function range, dependent on…
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INTRODUCING OUR ROADIES OF COLOR UNITED NOVEMBER 2020 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH Liselle Bertrand

It’s not common for a woman to work in the concert touring industry; it’s even less common to have a Caribbean woman behind the camera. Liselle Bertrand is one of the best camera operators in the business and her credentials are lengthy. She left the small island of Dominica with big dreams to pursue a…
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Joe Schaffner, Tour Manager For Aretha, Marvin Gaye & The Jacksons, Talks Back In The Day

Joe Schaffner is an old school touring professional. So old school, in fact, that when he started out in the early ’60s there weren’t titles like “tour manager” or “production manager.” Being based out of Detroit helped him to work for some of Motown’s hottest acts, including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes, and later arena- and stadium-fillers like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Jacksons. Pollstar caught up with Mr. Schaffner, at 80-years young, to get his recollections of what the business and the racial climiate was like back in the day and how it’s developed over his six-decade-spanning career.

COVID-19 ROCU Concert Tour Personnel Relief Fund

ROCU Staff The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be the most devastating challenge ever to face the live music industry and the creative community as a whole. With thousands of tours across the globe having already been cancelled, along with an increasing number of music festivals in this time of unprecedented uncertainty, the future of…
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From The Desk Of David Brookes

Repost Dear Friends, I am forwarding to you all, the below message from Michael Strickland (Chair and Founder of Bandit Lites) which is a call for further action on our part. I am pleased to announce we now have 170 co-sponsors of RESTART in the House, as we picked up 7 on Friday. This is…
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One Musician’s Plan to Make the Concert Industry More Diverse

in Arts, Music, News Shortly before Covid-19 shut the concert industry down, Noelle Scaggs, one of the singers in the alt-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, began noticing that there was seldom anyone else like her on the road. A Black woman in a band of white men, Scaggs saw few other women of color on festival stages. Behind…
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INTRODUCING OUR OCTOBER 2020 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH Bruce Reiter

Bruce Reiter is one of our legacy subscribers and has worked almost three decades as a Front of house mixer, Tour Manager & Production Manager with of number of bands including: Five Finger Death Punch Front of house mixer/production manager 2010-present Highlights: · Mayhem Rockstar Energy Drink Festival 2010 · Download Festival 2010 · Rock…
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Roadies Of Color United Is Proceeding with the formation Of it’s Professional Association.

By Lance K.C. Jackson Lance Jackson and Bill Reeves announced earlier this summer that Roadies Of Color United was ready to take the next step in the organizations evolution. For the past 12 years Roadies Of Color United International has been a social networks currently with about 1100 subscribers on it’s Face Book Group Page.…
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New HEROES Act Includes Save Our Stages Language

By: Francisco Rendon Democrats introduced an updated version of the HEROES Act federal relief package to the House Of Representatives yesterday, which includes language from the Save Our Stages Act. The Save Our Stages Act was originally introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on July 22 and proposed to provide…
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