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For as long as this website’s been in operation, people have asked us about who books what venues. Now, for the first time in as long as we can remember, Live Nation New England and Boston-based concert promoter Crossroads Presents have outlined exactly that — at least for their own venues like Brighton Music Hall, The Paradise Rock Club, The House of Blues, and others.
In a release yesterday (February 11), Live Nation Entertainment announced two new talent buyer hires on the local level: Dustin Labbe (of underground music label/collective Lifted Contingency) for Brighton Music Hall in Allston; and Alex Pickert (DIY promoter of Coach & Sons Olde Time Family Booking) for Crossroads’ occasional shows at independent venues like Somerville’s ONCE Ballroom, Arts at the Armory, and Boston’s Café 939.
“We are pleased to welcome Dustin Labbe and Alex Pickert to the Live Nation New England/Crossroads Presents booking team,” says Don Law, President of Live Nation New England and Crossroads Presents, in the release. “It is an exciting time in our business and their addition, as well as the other adjustments made to the day to day operation of the booking team, will put us in the best position possible to exceed the needs and expectations of all artists who play our market — big and small!”
Live Nation New England and Crossroads Presents also announced a shift in “day-to-day duties within the booking department,” outlined as such:
Ryan Vangel, VP of Talent Booking, will now be responsible for booking Fenway Park (MA) and Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion formerly Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (MA), as well as Live Nation New England’s bookings at the DCU Center (MA), TD Garden (MA), and Gillette Stadium.
Bob Duteau, VP of Booking, will continue to be responsible for booking Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (ME), Maine Savings Bank Pavilion at Rock Row (ME), and Bold Point Park (RI), in addition to Live Nation New England’s bookings at the SNHU Arena (NH), Dunkin’ Donuts Center (RI) Cross Insurance Arena (ME), and the Mullins Center (MA).
John Innamorato, VP of Booking, will continue to handle booking duties for House of Blues Boston (MA), the Xfinity Center (MA), and Orpheum Theatre (MA).
Lance Tobin, Talent Buyer, will now be responsible for booking the recently announced Big Night Live (MA) and Paradise Rock Club (MA), as well as the office’s shows at Somerville Theatre (MA), Berklee Performance Center (MA), and Sanders Theatre (MA).
Kegan Harrington, Talent Buyer, will be responsible for booking Live Nation New England’s shows at the Agganis Arena (MA), Tsongas Center (MA), Boch Center (MA), and the Boston Opera House (MA), and share responsibilities for the House of Blues Boston (MA) and Orpheum Theatre (MA).
Tobin’s Big Night Live is a 40,000-square-foot “premier luxury music hall” located adjacent to TD Garden, part of The Hub on Causeway project. It projects an opening of Fall 2019.
Live Nation New England also recently outlined plans for the Fenway Theater, a new 5,000-capacity state-of-the-art performing arts center located behind the Fenway Park bleachers. We detailed that project back in September.