Author: Deborah Speer

Revival at the Ryman

Livestreaming at Nashville shrine could evolve to include live audiences Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium launched “Live at the Ryman,” a six-week live performance subscription series it hopes will grow to include in-person concerts as soon as local health regulations permit, with For King & Country on Aug. 14. Tickets are being sold at the Ryman’s website. With input from the Ryman’s wellness adviser, Vanderbilt Health, Opry Entertainment hopes to turn “Live at the Ryman” into a first-of-its-kind “hybrid,” with pay-per-view livestreaming paving the way for the return of limited live audiences at the historic venue. Other artists taking part in the series are Cam, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Brett Young and Old Crow Medicine Show. McCreery comes full circle with his series performance, having been the last artist to perform at Ryman Auditorium before it shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the first “Live at the Ryman” show was […]

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Preparing for Her Next Adventure

THREE TIMES A LADY: Laurie Jacoby is a three-time winner of Pollstar’s Venue Executive of the Year award. Laurie Jacoby looks forward after cuts at MSG Entertainment With 22 years at Madison Square Garden Entertainment under her belt, Laurie Jacoby is a perennial nominee and three-time winner of the Pollstar Award for Venue Executive of the Year, including the last two years in a row, and one of the best-known and admired professionals on the planet. Yet, Jacoby’s position as senior vice president of concerts and entertainment recently became just one of thousands of professional casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, now in its fifth month, when news broke that MSG Entertainment planned to lay off 350 employees, about a third of its workforce. Her story puts a human face on the fragility of an industry at a standstill. But Jacoby is confident about the future and sees a far different […]

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Friedman Unearths a Big Opportunity

Adam Friedman is being asked to build out dinosaur-focused family show brand Jurassic Quest. (Timothy Norris) Former Banc of California Stadium exec is new Jurassic Quest CEO Adam Friedman, whose extensive resume includes stints with Universal Concerts, House of Blues, Nederlander Concerts and Banc of California Stadium, has been named CEO of Jurassic Quest, a company staging family-oriented animatronic shows that is a bright spot in the pandemic-hampered live landscape. Jurassic Quest, which brings 80 animatronic dinosaurs to life and includes audio, educational components and a storyline, has been forced to pivot from performances at arenas, convention centers and exhibition halls to a drive-thru experience in venue parking lots and other open spaces. Think of Lion Country Safari meets “Walking With Dinosaurs,” or even a “Jurassic Park” experience, without the worry of the dinos coming to actual life. Friedman’s task is to grow the brand, which according to the company […]

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