As the holidays approach, and we reflect on the past year, we are so thankful. We are thankful for all of the amazing clients we worked with, spectacular artists we presented, and the continued opportunity to serve, educate, and entertain our clients.
We started off 2015 laughing, with a few Bo Burnham shows as well as a couple Adam DeVine shows. Bo continues to be a college venue favorite across the entire country, and Adam’s fame from Pitch Perfect, Workaholics, and several other movies sure makes for a recognizable face!
Continuing through the early winter months, we worked on a record-breaking Pentatonix arena show that sold almost 7,000 tickets! This Pop/A capella act is on fire, and every show we work on with them is a near or complete sellout. Can’t wait to see what this act has in store for us in the new year.
Then of course we headed into the crazy time of year with the March through May rush. There were very few dates in April that didn’t hold at least one show for us! We of course had killer shows with some usual college favorites like Timeflies, who free-styled quite a few times for our clients this year. Not to mention Hip Hop favorite Hoodie Allen, who called us from his hospital bed to reschedule a show when he was very ill. He made up for it with several other killer performances this year with us. Pop/Rock star Andy Grammer played several colleges, festivals and special events with us this year, absolutely blowing our audiences away before heading into Dancing With the Stars in the fall. We look forward to a few more shows with him in the new year as well! We loved working once again with Contemporary Artists Needtobreathe, Sammy Adams, We The Kings, B.o.B, and other repeat artists, as well as getting to know some newer faces like Country newcomer Cale Dodds and Indie Pop group Smallpools.
We had the privilege during the spring to work with other artists such as Pop stars Nick Jonas and Nico & Vinz, Country acts like Old Dominion and Frankie Ballard, and so many more. Throw in a private event in Australia with Jewel just for variety, and I would say our spring was pretty exciting. Honestly, there were so many new and returning artists to our calendar we can’t quite mention them all, but needless to say – we had a blast.
The summer certainly didn’t slow down much for us as we had the privilege of working with great festivals across the country, booking everyone from Aretha Franklin to Daughtry, and from Foster the People to Boz Scaggs.
Then it was time to jump right into late summer and early fall, which here in the Midwest is a great time for Country and Comedy shows, including huge Country headline names like Lee Brice and Hunter Hayes, all the way to small sell out shows with Kelsea Ballerini. We also got to know Country newcomers Ryan Lafferty, Clare Dunn, Dean Alexander and Ruthie Collins. Working with Comedy greats Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall (on separate theater shows) was definitely a highlight as well.
As we continued through the busy fall months, Pop star Tori Kelly certainly wowed us, Classic Rocker Dennis DeYoung brought us back in time to relive some of our favorite hits, Indie group Hippo Campus let us hear something completely new, and Pop/Rock favorite Nate Reuss and the Campus Consciousness Tour made us think more about climate change (and our souls for that matter with his lyrics). There were so many others we can’t possibly name them all, but these were definitely some highlights.
In 2015, we worked with theaters, arenas, festivals and colleges from the state of Washington to the state of New Hampshire (sorry Maine – we’re still waiting for your call), and watched them inspire us with their enthusiasm. Although we can’t start naming you all individually, our clients are the real stars here. They put their blood, sweat, and tears into shows regularly, and look to us to guide them through the process and bring them the artists they love.
2015 has certainly been an awesome year. We plan to finish up the year strong with our killer December shows, and then it’s on to an already packed 2016.
Thank you for a great year, and we are looking forward to the next!