Last week, our Event Ops team was up and down the east coast as we assisted in the opening of an architectural masterpiece, celebrated the launch of a brand new concert series, and danced the night away with members of the LGBTQ Task Force.
Check out some of our favorite experiences, event highlights, and more in this next edition of the ShowClix Road Journal!
Kentuck Knob – Ethan Tuxill
Kentuck Knob opened the doors for their 2016 house tour season this past Saturday, March 5th. I made the short one-hour drive from Pittsburgh to the Laurel Highlands and onto the 500+ acre privately owned property that holds an architectural gem, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob. Despite Kentuck Knob being fairly far off-the-beaten path, tens of thousands of people come every year to the Laurel Highlands to see the house, and most folks who come once come back again.
I’ve had the opportunity to work very closely with Mary Ann Perkins and Emily Butler, the people who work tirelessly to keep the Kentuck Knob experience personal and the organization operating smoothly. Both of them are incredibly vigilant about maintaining the integrity of Frank Lloyd Wright and giving each and every person that comes through their doors an authentic and meaningful experience of the history and beauty of Kentuck Knob.
As their tour season ramps up, we’ve been revamping their entire way of handling ticket ordering and event operations. It’s been exciting to see the changes occur up close! Last Saturday was a day for me to help train them, as well as get to see how their operation works on the ground. After working with the Kentuck Knob’s team, I quickly started to see the clear passion behind the philosophy and work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and how that passion extended into their business. Â
Check out their website to get a taste for what the house is like: http://kentuckknob.com/
To order tickets for a tour, click here: Â http://kentuckknob.com/tours/
Jester’s Live – Brandon Lehman
It’s the 75th anniversary of Bike Week in Daytona Beach Florida and our new partner, Jester’s Live, held their first series of concerts last weekend. I flew down to help set up and train their staff on our box office software and ticket scanners. The Jester’s Live Pavillon is located in the middle of Destination Daytona; a sprawling complex that offers shopping, food, motorcycle showrooms and obviously, live music.
When I arrived, I was greeted by loud music and loud bikes. I like loud and felt right at home. Friday night’s concert featured Buckcherry and Blackberry Smoke, while Saturday night brought in Pittsburgh’s own Big House Pete opening for Black Label Society. The newly renovated venue looks as amazing as it sounds. Nick and the folks at Jester’s really put a lot of hard work into making their venue a destination and it shows.
If you find yourself in Daytona Beach and are in the mood for live music, bike rallies or just want to party, visit jesterslive.com. Upcoming concerts include The Charlie Daniels Band, Randy Houser and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Winter Party – Katie Smith
Last week, we had the immense pleasure of traveling to Miami Beach for the annual Winter Party Festival, supporting the National LGBTQ Task Force. The six-day festival hosts a wide range of events, including dance events at various clubs, a fabulous pool party, and a killer beach party – all with top-notch DJs and amazing event production.
While in Miami, we assisted with setting up and implementing on-site ticket sales in the event’s Welcome Center, wristband fulfillment for the multi-event passes, and access control scanning for each of the festival’s major events. It was definitely a busy, but awesome week. I want to send a special thanks to Lisa, along with the rest of the Task Force staff, the Winter Party Committee, and all of the volunteers for welcoming us into your team for the week. You guys rock!
For information on next year’s Winter Party Festival, keep an eye on http://www.winterparty.com/.