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March 26, 2014

The concert industry is small. Kick around long enough and you run into everyone.  You may have never met face-to-face but you know their name, their work, their rep.  And when it comes to top touring people (tour managers, production managers, accountants, designers, etc.) the list gets even smaller.

One of the biggest names on the road for the past 30-years has been Robert “Mo” Morrison…and a mentor, friend and brother to me for the last 20.  I, like many of you, have been lucky enough to work with Mo on some of the biggest shows around and he has always managed to do the job with a big smile (no matter how tough things got). Some of my favorite “road warrior” stories have Mo in them and usually involve breaking some rule to make things “right” (e.g. the “god pass” at Woodstock ’99).

Mo’s career spans iconic artists and events from Grateful Dead, to Britney and Gaga, the Olympic games…and all the early HBO concert specials.  Even if you don’t know him personally, you know his work and have probably been moved by it somehow.

So, if it is okay, I would like to ask a favor of you.  Would you please send positive energy Mo’s way? He is sick…battling for his life…and sick is winning.

If you know Mo, please reach out. Tracy Williams (travel agent to the stars) has setup a way for all of us to send a message. Please see below from Tracy and thanks!

“I’m putting together a gift called SpeakSake ( for Mo to say we’re “Thinking of you.” You’re invited to be a part of the surprise! It will only take a couple minutes of your time. All you need to do is call the phone number below and leave a message for Mo

Your message will be recorded onto an audio CD as part of a collection of voice messages.

Please forward this message to anyone you think would like to say we’re “Thinking of You” to Mo — friends, family, coworkers, etc.

The last day the phone line will be available for you to leave a message is:

Thursday, April 10th

3 Easy Steps:

1. Dial: (641) 715-3365

2. At the prompt, enter: 57862 followed by the pound (#) key

3. Follow the recorded instructions: Leave your message (make sure to let Mo know who’s calling), and then hang up

What to say in your message

You can say whatever you want — just have fun! Your message can be long or short — whatever you feel like!

Some ideas:

— What are your favorite memories of Mo? How about a joke or stories that would make him laugh?

— What do you appreciate or love about Mo?

No matter what you do, he will appreciate that you took a moment to say hi. Be yourself, and have fun!



December 16, 2013

Jamie Loeb, VP Marketing, Nederlander Concerts spoke in an Aspen Live 2013 meeting for only 10-minutes…maybe less.  The impact is still to be measured.

While Jamie was discussing how easy it should be to have artists and promoters working together in the Social Media / Social Marketing space, Anita Elberse, our guest speaker and Professor at the Harvard Business School where she teaches a very popular class on entertainment and sports, asked me who Jamie was…thought she was very smart…would I make an intro?

Of course Anita is right (much more to come on her so stay tuned to upcoming LiveWorks Newsletters). Jamie is one of the best marketers in Live Music and you would and could argue all of Live Entertainment. She “obsesses over customers”, “tests and measures” (more from the Kristina Wallender from TicketFly’s talk on things we can learn from Amazon in upcoming newsletters), and finds ways to sell more tickets each year.  Jamie is always ahead of the curve, and whether we admit to it or not, end up following her lead into adding more and more weapons to our marketing arsenals.

What you may not know about Jamie is all the time and effort (along with others who will be covered in future newsletters) she puts into each year’s Aspen Live Conference.  We would be remorseful to not thank Jamie for all the organizing, input, and love she adds each year…and pays to attend on top.

Thank you very much Jamie!  You are certainly in our 1%’s club.

Want to know more about Jamie, Aspen Live 2014 and more, stay-tuned for upcoming Aspen Updates.


November 4, 2013

Do you read? I do…a lot.  Not fiction (which I should)…mostly business, marketing, social media (also known as marketing), and biographies. Two of this year’s standouts are Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales From the New Abnormal in the Movie Business” by movie producer Lynda Obst and Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainmentby Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Anita Elberse.

The big news here is that both Anita Elberse and Lynda Obst will be guests at this year’s Aspen Live Conference, December 12-15, 2013 at the St. Regis, Aspen.

If you till haven’t registered (hard to imagine), it isn’t too late.  We have 26 spots remaining, but believe based on the above they will go fast.  Register TODAY at  Follow us on Twitter: @AspenLive, and Facebook:…and me on Twitter: @jimlewi and Facebook:

The above books should be required reading for anyone in the music and live entertainment businesses.  In fact, please go to Amazon (or your local book store) and buy them today.  Blockbusters: and Sleepless:

Below is the latest Aspen Live 2013 Conference Schedule.  Please know that all are subject to change and probably will (just where meetings sit and what they are called…plus one or two more surprises).

Stay tuned, more announcements to come soon.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

7:00 pm             Annual Peter Tempkins Chow-Down @ Hickory House (optional) – Please contact Peter Tempkins @

Late Night                      St. Regis, Lobby Bar

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12:00 pm                       On-Mountain Get Together (Sundeck Restaurant-Aspen Mtn; Ullrhof Restaurant – Snowmass)

 4:00 pm-5:00 pm                        Cocktails With An Icon, Hosted By Dan Steinberg, Featuring Alex Hodges

Please feel free to grab a cocktail and unwind after a long day on the slopes as                                         we dive into the amazing career of an Icon.

 5:15 pm-6:15 pm            Jim McCarthy from Goldstar on “Selling Out” your shows

6:30 pm-7:30 pm            Q&A with Movie Producer and Author of “Sleepless in Hollywood, Tales of the New Abnormal in    the Movie Business”, Lynda Obst

                                    St. Regis – Maroon Bells

7:45pm-9:00pm              Voice Media Group Welcomes you to Aspen w/ The Opening Billiards Party @ Aspen Billiards and Eric’s Bar

Late Night                      St. Regis, Lobby Bar

Friday, December 13, 2013

12:00 pm                       On-Mountain Get Together (Sundeck Restaurant-Aspen Mtn; Ullrhof Restaurant – Snowmass)

4:15 pm-5:30 pm            Q&A with Harvard Business School Professor and Author of “Blockbusters: Hit Makers, Risk-takers and the Big Business of Entertainment”, Anita Elberse, Presented by Goldstar

5:45 pm-6:30 pm            TBA

St. Regis – Maroon Bells

7:30pm-9:30pm              Cocktail Party @ Belly-Up hosted by Michael Goldberg & Belly-Up Staff

Late Night                      St. Regis, Lobby Bar

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cooking Aspen         An optional fun hands on cooking class, food and wine pairings, and more.  Please RSVP to

4:00 pm-5:00 pm            5 Things the Music Business Can Learn From Amazon, Presented by Ticketfly

5:15 pm-6:15 pm                        How Live Content Producers and YOU Can Partner and Make Money with                                   StubHub. 

6:30 pm-7:00 pm                        Aspen Integrated – Part III Hosted by Nic Adler

                                    St. Regis, Maroon Bells


7:45 pm- ?                     Closing Dinner (optional) Restaurant TBA…please RSVP to Jamie Loeb @                         

Late Night                      Limelight Hotel Bar

Special Thanks To: Access Pass & Design, Adler Integrated, Bill Young Productions, Goldstar Events, Stubhub, Ticketfly and Voice Media Group and You for making such an exciting program possible.



October 28, 2013

Seems you can teach old dogs new tricks.  That’s what happened on Saturday night.  Embarrassingly I had never been to an EDM show of any kind (other than the tent at Coachella that I didn’t pay attention to) till Insomniac’s Escape From Wonderland.  It has changed my world.

First there was the marketing of the event. Unless you were in the know (mailing list, friends, etc.), you would have no idea Escape From Wonderland was taking place outside LA. In the months leading to the event, I didn’t see or hear anything…traditionally anyway. Yet somehow 40,000 20-somethings showed up in costume ready to dance, party, “JUMP”, and listen to their favorite DJ’s.

Pasquale and his team at Insomniac have learned through years of trial and error how to create an innovative, immersive, and most importantly, safe experience.  That’s what it is, an experience.  All of your senses are constantly stimulated…and if guests get too “stimulated”, their medical staff knows just how to handle it.

People were roaming with shirts reading “Ground Control”.  It is their job to find guests who might have had to too much… fill in the blank, lack of hydration and sleep, etc. Impaired or injured guests are then taken to a triage depending on their specific issue.  Most can get up and go back to the festivities once they’ve had water or possibly an IV.

The “General Store” was a trip.  Everything from glow sticks, to candy (a big deal and you can’t bring in your own), cigarettes, sunscreen, eye drops (another prohibited item), Chapstick, tampons, you name it.  At the merch stand, you could not only find t-shirts, hats, banners and hoodies, but bandannas (dust masks are another prohibited item), branded re-sealable water bottles (the only ones allowed in the venue), and plush toys and wearable’s.

Never have I seen so much money spent on ambiance for a music festival of any kind.  LED video everywhere, light shows, lasers, 5-stages, art installations, a graveyard, haunted houses, a maze, photo op areas (like a guillotine), fireworks, and one of the best sponsor activations I’ve ever seen.

Motorola was a key sponsor of the event and certainly added to the experience.  Guests went in to the “kandi shop” where they could choose from different color and shaped beads to make bracelets, necklaces, arm and headbands, etc.  Some were very creative. Motorola also had the “Motorola Tower”…a four-sided scaff tower coved in LED.  Guests could send pictures and messages with a special hash tag and they would end up on the screens.  Simple and brilliant.

Fact is, brilliant can describe the whole experience.  Are there things Insomniac could do better, sure.  If you go to an event looking, you can always find ways to improve.  With that said, it was hard to find things.

The last time I danced was at a wedding. At Escape From Wonderland, I danced from 4pm – 1am…by myself…well with 40,000 friends.  Great job Insomniac.  Can’t wait till your next event!


October 24, 2013

Really why write when Seth does it so much better. Easier just to copy and share. A must read below.

In case you didn’t know, Seth was our guest speaker at Aspen Live in 2004.  Over the last 17-years, we have also welcomed the likes of Malcolm Gladwell (Journalist Researcher), Michael Moore (Film maker), Al Ries (Marketer and first to use the word Branding), Sergio Zyman (first ever CMO, came up with the title while at Coke where one of his claims to fame was “New Coke”), Jon Spoelstra (one of the leading sports marketers and author of Marketing Outrageously), The Innocence Project (CEO + a man who served 17-years for a crime he didn’t commit), Tim Bronsan (VP, Business for Major League Baseball), Steve Martin (President, The Agency Group, NA), Marc Gobe (Leading Packaging expert and author of Emotional Branding), Michael Rapino (CEO, Live Nation), Ian Rogers (now CEO, Beats Music), Chris Sacca (Google, now tech investor), Nic Adler (Owner, The Roxy and CEO, Adler Integrated), Dede Gordon (Leading Trend Researcher), Irving Azoff (CEO, Azoff Music Management), Bob Lefsetz (The Lefsetz Letter), and the list goes on.

Don’t be left in the dark.  Aspen Live 2013 dates are December 12-15 at the St. Regis, Aspen.  Register today at  See you then…again, please read below.

When free collides with powerful

One of the lessons that Microsoft taught Apple and Google is that ubiquity can be incredibly profitable.

By changing file formats, Microsoft forces every person in an organization to upgrade Word to the current state, because one of the reasons to use Word is that everyone else uses it. This isn’t often true for products in the real world–cars and whiskey and apartment buildings inevitably gain variation, whereas software tools are pushed toward a common standard–a new form of monopoly.

The strategy at Microsoft was always to put in power user enhancements, though, so that the power user (the weird one, the one on the edge, the one choosing to care) would hear about the upgrade and insist that everyone else on her team would upgrade as well.

Free, though, turbocharges the movement toward ubiquity at the same time it sabotages the power user. When the ‘upgrade’ is free, when the new version requires everyone to upgrade and is free as well, that’s sort of irresistible. The problem is that free destroys markets even faster than monopoly does, because it’s incredibly difficult for competitors without the other income streams to find a reason to compete.

And so, the new version of Pages from Apple is widely reviled by those that want a powerful tool. And the new version of Keynote, a program I use eight hours a day, is on the same path. It has the same one-way path for data structure (the new version forces all old users to upgrade if they want to collaborate) but it abandons a focus on professionals. Features and the goal of building for a craftsman are exchanged for the cross-platform ease and gimcracks that will please a crowd happy enough with free.

There are few deadends in the software business. When a platform gets dumb, the power users push for someone else to come along and make a better one. And when the monopolist gets greedy (as every dominant word processor vendor has) then the people who care take a leap and move to another tool.

In the meantime, the users who made the platform work in the first place spend a lot of time cursing the darkness that used to be light. Too often, power tools in software turn into entertainment platforms instead. There’s more money in it.


October 23, 2013

Here is another Seth Godin post you should share. Inspiring!

Our crystal palace

Thanks to technology, (relative) peace and historic levels of prosperity, we’ve turned our culture into a crystal palace, a gleaming edifice that needs to be perfected and polished more than it is appreciated.

We waste our days whining over slight imperfections (the nuts in first class aren’t warm, the subway isn’t cool enough, the vaccine leaves a bump on our arm for two hours) instead of seeing the modern miracles all around us. That last thing that went horribly wrong, that ruined everything, that led to a spat or tears or recriminations–if you put it on a t-shirt and wore it in public, how would it feel? “My iPhone died in the middle of the 8th inning because my wife didn’t charge it and I couldn’t take a picture of the home run from our box seats!”

Worse, we’re losing our ability to engage with situations that might not have outcomes shiny enough or risk-free enough to belong in the palace. By insulating ourselves from perceived risk, from people and places that might not like us, appreciate us or guarantee us a smooth ride, we spend our day in a prison we’ve built for ourself.

Shiny, but hardly nurturing.

So, we ban things from airplanes not because they are dangerous, but because they frighten us. We avoid writing, or sales calls, or inventing or performing or engaging not because we can’t do it, but because it might not work. We don’t interact with strange ideas, new cuisines or people who share different values because those interactions might make us uncomfortable…

Funny looking tomatoes, people who don’t look like us, interactions where we might not get a yes…

Growth is messy and dangerous. Life is messy and dangerous. When we insist on a guarantee, an ever-increasing standard in everything we measure and a Hollywood ending, we get none of those.



August 29, 2013

Nathan Tweets

It didn’t take long for our friend and former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to land back another gig as he takes over Commerce for Twitter.

Nathan has a very interesting pedigree.  He is a musician who played in the band Rockwell Church that toured and recorded 5 albums; is a graduate of Princeton as well as Stanford Business School; ran Music Today for Coran Capshaw; took over ticketing and digital initiatives at Live Nation after they acquired Music Today; and following the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, Nathan moved over to run the company. Most importantly, Nathan is an Aspen Live alumnus.  We feel that has a lot to do with his success.

Nathan told Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman “We’re going to go to people who have stuff to sell and help them sell it to Twitter more effectively,”

Aspen Live Update

TONIGHT, Thursday, August 29th at 9:30pm there is an Aspen Live meet-up at Trader Vic’s in Beverly Hills (in the Beverly Hilton) to celebrate Steiny and Jason’s LA Visit (Dan Steinberg from Square Peg Concerts and Jason Zink of Sherpa Concerts).

Whether an Aspen Live Alumni or just curious, come hang with a great group of people from the live entertainment business.  If you have any questions, please email me at

As for this year’s event, our dates are December 12-15 at the St. Regis, Aspen.  Register now and save money  Please know we are a little over half way to sell-out.  Please don’t wait till it is too late.


Aspen Live Alumni and owner of the Roxy, Adler Integrated, Sunset Strip Music Festival and more…Nic Adler and his wife Allison celebrated a new member of their family, a baby boy named Cassius (hope I spelled that right). Please make sure to congratulate them.

Another alumni and VP of Venue Relations for Goldstar Events, Wendi Lebow and her husband Peter welcomed a baby girl, Bianca to their clan.  Please reach out to see pictures.

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