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Ben WeedenChief Operating Officer - North American Music
Ben WeedenChief Operating Officer - North American MusicAs Chief Operating Officer of North American Music at Live Nation, Mr. Weeden works alongside the company's internal board of governors to oversee all concert operations in North America including the company's venues and the 10,000 concerts produced annually by Live Nation.Mr. Weeden has worked in the North American Music Group since 2005, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer.Prior to joining the North American team, Mr. Weeden served as Director of European Touring ...
"We're excited and feel fortunate to kick things off with two of the all-time great musical artists," said Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of the theater and clubs division of Live Nation, the concert booking and promotion giant that is opening the new venue.
Watch Service'>Ben Weeden, the COO of Live Nation's House of Blues entertainment division, said Live Nation will book both national touring acts and local performers.
"The team that we have in Los Angeles that's putting together national tours, the New Daisy or the Palace will be part of those national tours," he said.
"But then we'll have our local team that will be working with agents directly booking both local acts to Memphis but also 'one-of' shows with artists that we are not doing tours with."
There are similar strategies, notably at Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square where promoters also have talked of plans to do shows built around an extra day in town for artists who play the Levitt Shell in nearby Overton Park.
Weeden similarly talked of those playing FedExForum or Beale Street Music Festival.
Adelman and Weeden say the New Daisy will probably reopen first and likely in the summer.
That includes upgraded sound and light systems as well as upgraded dressing rooms that Weeden said are essential for bringing back the Memphis concert market.
Local architecture firm archimania is overseeing the renovation.
The restored New Daisy will have capacity for more than 1,100, and will include VIP viewing boxes, balcony, newly designed bar areas and expanded restroom facilities.
Following renovation, the Palace will hold up to 2,400 people.
"Once you can show the artists, agents and managers that you have upgraded the venue and you use a lot of the quarters that we have to start routing into here, it's a matter of getting back on the treadmill," Weeden said.
As COO of House of Blues Entertainment (Live Nation's theatre & club division), Mr. Weeden oversees the talent booking, marketing, operations and business development of 45 owned or operated venues, including the House of Blues and Fillmore brands, and 45 exclusive partner venues across the United States, promoting over 7500 shows per year and 6m ticketsMr. Weeden has worked in Live Nation North American since 2005, most recently serving as COO, North America, and previous to that as interim CFO, North America, and Director of Touring, North America.He joined the company in 2000 as Director of European Business Development in Live Nation's London office and Director, European Music Operations prior to joining the North American team.Mr. Weeden graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.
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The company should start announcing Fox bookings for the first quarter of 2014 in the next six weeks, said Ben Weeden, chief operating officer for Live Nation's House of Blues division.
After the vote, Weeden said he sees the Fox as the place for theater, family shows, and adult contemporary and R &B music, while the auditorium is more suited to concerts for the 18-to-40 demographic.
Both venues could host shows targeting the area's Latino residents.
With the Fox, Weeden said, "I think the direction (of the programming) is correct.
There just needs to be more of it."
The auditorium should be able to compete with the Fox Pomona and the Glass House for shows that draw a younger crowd, he said.
Weeden told the council he's excited to work with Riverside.
"You guys have two jewels with the Fox Performing Arts Center and the municipal auditorium," he said.
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