Author: Eric Renner Brown

Generation Next: Brittanie Delava

Director of Club and Theater Touring, AEG Presents As director of club and theater touring at AEG Presents, Brittanie Delava plays a critical role in optimizing the programming and strategy of the promoter’s ever-growing portfolio of venues. “I wear many hats,” said Delava, 32, who joined AEG in early 2016 and assumed her current role a year later. “I am the go-between between agents and our local talent buyers — so, figuring out how to take an artist’s vision for what they want to do and use AEG’s resources to execute it.” Given that AEG’s list of partnerships with regional promoters and venues — not to mention AEG-backed rooms themselves — seems to grow with every passing week, Delava’s role is a substantial one. “I’m talking to the buyers for all these venues every single day,” she said. “A lot of what I’m doing is figuring out how to adapt what […]

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At NYC Tradition SummerStage, New Canopy Just the Start

The SummerStage makeover, shown in a rendering, began with the need for a canopy that could accommodate modern productions. (Courtesy City Parks Foundation) Improvements at Rumsey Playfield prompt a fresh look at logistics to improve the overall experience for fans Eighteen parks throughout New York City host concerts as part of City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival, but the series traces its roots to Central Park, where it made its debut at Naumburg Bandshell in 1986. “SummerStage moved from the bandshell to Rumsey Playfield in 1990 and, although we’ve replaced the stage a couple times, the whole space itself had not been looked at holistically,” City Parks Foundation Executive Director Heather Lubov said. Despite consistently top-tier programming, the venue itself has lagged behind modern standards. But that changes this summer, when Rumsey Playfield reopens its gates and greets fans with a contemporary look and feel. Like many other venues built in the […]

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Webster Hall Reopens Its Doors

New York City’s Webster Hall reopened with a Jay-Z show. (Courtesy BSE) After nearly two years of renovations, Manhattan nightclub has fresh look and feel After a closure of nearly two years, Jay-Z, Patti Smith, Vampire Weekend and more are introducing the revamped Webster Hall to New York audiences this spring. “The venue has had an incredible history, but at the same time, it needed to go through a renovation where we could address some needs both visible and nonvisible so that the venue could be viable on a long-term basis,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which jointly operates Webster Hall with AEG Presents regional partner Bowery Presents. Jay-Z relaunched the concert hall with a show April 26. The reopening comes just over two years after BSE and Bowery Presents acquired the venue, situated in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, from Lon Ballinger in April 2017. “He […]

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Top Mexican Wrestling Group Coming to MSG

A poster advertises the September date at Madison Square Garden, which is being announced Thursday. Lucha Libre AAA announcing September date as part of U.S. push Lucha Libre AAA, Mexico’s premier wrestling organization, is announcing plans Thursday to stage an event on U.S. soil at one of the world’s most iconic arenas. On Sept. 15, Lucha Libre AAA’s famed luchadores will descend on Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden for a colorful program that also represents a new American expansion effort by the league. “Lucha Libre needs to arrive in America,” AAA managing director Dorian Roldán said. “We are trying to break the walls. We are trying to bring part of the Mexican culture, trying to bring a little bit of Mexico to America through the Lucha Libre.” The show Roldán envisions — which he says the AAA team is still “brainstorming” — will make the league as accessible to American audiences […]

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Neste Live! Adds Pateras as Talent Buyer

Ron Pateras. (Courtesy Live Nation and Neste Live!) He joins Live Nation acquisition after 23 years with Jam Productions Ron Pateras has joined Neste Live!, which was recently acquired by Live Nation, as a talent buyer where he will help the full-service event marketing company to expand its fair, festival and corporate businesses. The live veteran joins Live Nation after 23 years doing programming and booking for Jam Productions, and he will report to Neste president Gil Cunningham. Prior to his tenure at Jam, Pateras programmed non-classical concerts at Ravinia Festival for eight years, where he helped launch the Jazz In June series. “Ron’s remarkable passion for music, longevity in the business and unparalleled expertise in the field make him an invaluable addition to the team,” said Cunningham in a statement. Added Pateras: “I’m thrilled to join this exciting new collaboration. Neste Live! is a brilliant partnership that, under the […]

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