Tag: Pacific Northwest

Logjammed: Montana’s Hottest Promoter Plots Comeback

The KettleHouse Brewing Co. (red building) and KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, Mont. (Getty Images) Nick Checota has quickly become one of the key figures of Montana’s entertainment industry. The promoter and venue operator, a journeyman who worked in finance, consulting, and real estate before heading west about a decade ago, founded Logjam Presents in 2016, where he oversees a modest Big Sky Country empire that includes the 550-capacity Top Hat, the 4,500-capacity KettleHouse Amphitheater, and more. In keeping with his prominent status, when Checota connects with VenuesNow on a mid-December morning, he’s just getting off another call – with Montana Senator John Tester (D), as the Senate weighs including the live events industry in pandemic relief legislation before adjourning for the holidays. “The nice thing about Montana is we still have access to our leaders, unlike places like California,” he wryly jokes. “If we want to talk to our senator […]

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Going the ExtraMile at Boise State Arena

ExtraMile Arena got its new name as part of a 15-year, $8.4 million deal. (Courtesy Boise State University) Naming-rights deal among recent changes at venue When the owner of Meridian, Idaho-based Jacksons Convenience Stores acquired a 50% stake in the ExtraMile brand, it came at a convenient time for the local university. “They are big supporters of Boise State University, so they decided to make the jump as naming-rights sponsor,” said McQ Olsen, associate director of marketing for the school’s 12,808-capacity multipurpose arena. Through a 15-year, $8.4 million deal, Boise’s Taco Bell Arena became ExtraMile Arena. “Our last naming rights with Taco Bell began in 2004 with a 15-year agreement for $4 million,” Olsen said. “As the new naming-rights opportunity came available, we were able to double our investment.” The new branding includes signage, websites, social media handles and a logo on the arena’s basketball floor. The concession stands also […]

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Washington Theater Takes a Big Step Up in Sound

The Admiral Theatre in Bremerton, Wash., recently underwent a $1.2 million renovation. (Courtesy Admiral Theatre) Over the past two years, the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton, Wash., has received much-needed updates to the tune of $1.2 million. Formerly a 1940s movie house, the theater was renovated and reopened in 1999. “It has been 20 years since we did any work, so it was due for upgrades,” said Brian Johnson, executive director. This included a renovated lobby, new seats and tables and chairs on the main floor and a $500,000 sound system from Meyer Sound. “Before, we had more of a performing arts sound system, but we do a lot of concerts here, so it was fantastic to upgrade,” Johnson said. With the new system, the theater was able to host Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Phil Vassar, John Tesh, the Righteous Brothers and the Temptations. “We didn’t realize what we were missing with […]

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Pacific Northwest: High Season

MOORE ENTERTAINMENT: Rapper Common played the Moore Theatre in Seattle in July. (Getty Images) Things continue to look up as crowds keep arenas full THE CIRCUIT Favorites and feedback from Alaska down to Oregon and Idaho  Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. Kim Bedier, director of Tacoma Venues & Events for the city of Tacoma How did you do last year? 2019 was an amazing year. Our big arena in Seattle is under renovation, so we picked up business we wouldn’t have had otherwise. As a result, we had a very strong year. Big shows We go from one show to the next, so we’re only as good as our last event. One highlight was Michelle Obama, who was amazing. Jimmy Kimmel interviewed her, and no one moved the entire time. We’ve had great concerts, too. The standouts were ELO and Queen. Post Malone did rehearsals here, and he was so appreciative of […]

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