Musical Festival Trends This Summer: High-End Production, Live Streaming And A Shakeout Read More

Back in the 1950 and 1960, Elvis Presley or Beatles fans probably didn’t care about the people screaming next to them at the show. It was all about the performers. In the late 1960s, however, rock & roll festivals such as the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock transformed live music into community-building events. People came for the music, but also for the vibe, the experience, for the like-minded people. Almost fifty years later, festivals—and their accompanying emphasis on community and experience—are at the epicenter of live music.

What Leaders Can Learn From Rock & Roll’s Biggest Disasters Read More

In 2000 at a Pearl Jam show at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, a crowd trampling killed 9 people. The band continued to play for 20 minutes, unaware. Sometimes the greatest challenge in dealing with an unexpected event is figuring out that it is even happening. Organizations operate on the presumption that events will unfold as expected. And most days they do. But sometimes they don’t.

A Rock N’ Roll Industry Cluster Is Booming In The Heart Of Amish Country Read More

Clusters are good for innovation because they allow companies to experiment at a lower cost and find out more quickly if an idea is feasible. The cost of making mistakes goes down, freeing up designers to take risks. Clusters also facilitate interactions and personal relationships between people in different companies that build trust and facilitate the flow of unique market, technical, and competitive information. Rock Lititz is already ushering in a new era of greater communication and collaboration between the players in the industry.

The Lean And Mean Led Zeppelin Organization Read More

Led Zeppelin is notorious for the mayhem they inflicted everywhere they touched down. In an era sandwiched between the invention of birth control and the onset of AIDS, Led Zeppelin was drunk with the power of sudden money and the adoration of millions of fans and lived out an extreme version of many young men’s fantasies. What is less known is how Led Zeppelin functioned as a business. Richard Cole, who was Led Zeppelin’s tour manager for most of the band’s career, was often right in the middle of the troublemaking.

Lighting The Rock Concert Corporate Event Read More

Lighting at a rock show is one of those things that most people don’t consciously think about but can strongly impact their experience. Through lighting techniques, a stadium show can feel as intimate as a small club show. The audience can be made to feel inspired, disturbed, moved, or impressed, depending on the emotions that the artist is trying to communicate. It is one of the many sophisticated ways that the rock concert industry has developed to enhance the live concert experience and make it truly spectacular.