A periodic peek at faces and places from across the venues universe

HOLDING DOWN THE FORT: Koe Wetzel came to Fort Worth, Texas, on June 9 and was presented with a custom made “Sold Out Dickies Arena” necklace and dog tag by the arena’s marketing director, Whitney Blake, left. Also pictured are Live Nation’s Anthony Nicolaidis, Wetzel, Live Nation’s Kolby Cunningham and the arena’s Jen Ulich. Nicolaidis is holding a signed Koe Wetzel-branded board that will hang on the wall of fame on the venue’s event level. (Courtesy venue)

A2A: Psychedelic-funk quartet Ashes to Amber rocked out The Echo in Los Angeles on June 22. The show marked the launch of their record, “The Girl.” (Miles Zoltak photo)

IT WAS THE SUMMER OF ’23: The ‘So Happy it Hurts’ tour featuring Bryan Adams, center, came to Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on June 21, 2023, the first day of summer. Pictured with Adams are arena event marketing coordinator Maddie Burgner and chief revenue officer Kevin Preast. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Amalie Arena)

BIG IN NEW BRAUNFELS: Billy Currington played to a full house (5,224) at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas on June 17.

FIRST SELLOUT AT WHITEWATER: Billy Currington was presented a special surprise by Whitewater Amphitheater GM of Operations Becky Lynn Street. (Photos courtesy venue)

BUCKLING BRONCO: Bronco returned to YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California, on June 17th and was presented with custom belt buckles to commemorate the sold-out show by Kelsey Garcia-Hayes, left, of YouTube Theater, SoFi Stadium, and Hollywood Park; John Frias of Frias Entertainment; and Emily Simonitsch of Live Nation Concerts. (Noel Vasquez photo courtesy YouTube Theater)

FOUNDATIONAL TALENT: The (San Diego) Padres Foundation hosted its second annual Dinner on the Diamond event presented by Sycuan Casino Resort on May 18. The event included a special performance by Ja Rule, center, and Ashanti in front of 580 guests. Also pictured are Padres infielder Rougned Odor, left, and third baseman Manny Machado.(Photo by Tom Higdon/San Diego Padres)

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: Nashville Business Journal recently named Bauer Entertainment Marketing its 2023 Best in Business award winner. This is the third consecutive year BEM has been nominated and its first time winning the top award. President Brian Bauer, above, says the company has “no intention of ever slowing down or settling for less than our best.” (Courtesy BEM)


RYMAN REASON: Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium unvelied its new Ford VIP Lounge on June 7. Pictured at the ribbon cutting are Matthew Schuster, left, SVP strategy and business development, Opry Entertainment Group; Sean Lupton, OEG VP Brand Partnerships; Hannah and Matthew Barker of Two Rivers Ford Dealership and Ryman General Manager Gary Levy. (Catherine Powell photo)

SUN SHINE: Thomas Rhett was inducted into Mohegan Sun Arena’s Walk of Fame, the 39th artists to have their Star enshrined, in a public ceremony filled with his fans before his concert on June 10. He started in Mohegan’s Wolf Den venue 10 years ago and played to 40 people, and now played to over 14,000 people in two sold out shows. Tom Cantone, President of Mohegan Entertainment Worldwide, presented him with the Star and a signed guitar from Rhett. (Courtesy venue)

A REAL CELEBRATION: Celebrating their 56th anniversary, Chicago played their first club date in over a decade in an iHeart Radio benefit for Musicians on Call at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York’s Times Square on April 23. Long time fan Dionne Warwick was the top bidder for an autographed guitar. Pictured are Chicago’s Neil Donell, Eric Baines, Jimmy Pankow, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Chicago manager Peter Schivarelli, Lee Loughnane, Warwick, Robert Lamm, Ramon Yslas, Ray Hermann, Tony Obrohta and Loren Gold. (Courtesy iHeart Media)