Posts Tagged ‘Gayle Miller’

DINNER CLUB UPDATE

October 6, 2009

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7th’s meeting of the Dinner Club in Los Angelesis postponed due to unforseen circumstances…BUT New York is on thanks to Gayle Miller. If you would like to meet up with people from our industry (hopefully other businesses too), get a dialogue going…socialize….share ideas, etc, please don’t miss another chance. 

The Details are:

ASPEN LIVE NYC OCTOBER MEET UP:

Date Weds, OCTOBER 7, 2009

Time7p-9:30p

Where Social Bar – The Loft

795 8th Avenue (b/w 48th & 49th street)

New York, NY 10019

212-459-0643

http://www.socialbarnyc.com

Note No minimum; everyone responsible for their own tab; food & drink available

Subway: A, C, E, N, R, Q, W, 1, 2, 3, 7 trains to Times Square;

N, R, W to 49th & B’way; and

C, E to 50th & 8th

Kindly RSVP to: rockinhorse@mac.com , by Tues, 10/6 2p, if possible.

Sorry I don’t have more.  I did hear from my brother, Mark Kates and Adam Klein, that the first meeting of the Boston Dinner Club went very well.  Hopefully we will see that group grow as well. 

Thanks and I’ll speak with you soon…

Jim

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INNOVATION WINS EVERY TIME!

August 3, 2009

In a recent article in Advertising AgeJack Heff writes  about a new product from SC Johnson that exceeded sales expectations by 400%…in a recession…with a really high price point for what it is…insect repellent.   The Off Clip-On Fan’s suggested retail price is $9…if you can find it as it is sold-out almost everywhere.  But Neff’s article says that Amazon (who does have it in-stock) “is charging $12.89 for a starter kit and $8.49 for refills…”  Can you imagine a fancy bug repellent dispenser selling in this economy while we can’t give our tickets away (it still costs too much to park, eat, drive, get a sitter, etc)???  Someone needs to turn us upside down and shake us!  We need to get the innovators from our business out there innovating!

We have seen what C3, Superfly, Goldenvoice/AEG Live, AC, Coran Capshaw, Kevin Lyman, CAA, and William Morris (among others) have been able to create in the past on the festival front.  It has built new businesses for many of our clients and changed the landscape of the U.S. concert business.  I know that many of you reading this wish you were in business with several if not all of those above.  I do!  So what’s next?  Where is the next Cirque?  How about ice shows?  Remember when they were the rage?  We need a good swift kick in the… innovation!

DINNER CLUB – NY

It seems that most cities are taking August off from Aspen Dinner Club Meetings (if you haven’t been to one yet, you really should go)…but not our die-hard New Yorkers!!!  You don’t have to be in the music or live businesses to come.  You just need to have a brain…and a little cash to chip-in.  Please forward to anyone you think should come.  RSVP is preferred as Gayle Miller has reserved a private room …email @ rockinhorse@mac.com.  Anyway, the information is below.  Have Fun!!!

Stitch was voted the Best Afterwork Bar by CitySearch.com, offers food & drink, & will give us a “happy hour” deal. 

Date:  Wed, Aug 5

Time:  7 pm – 9 pm ish

Location:  Stitch Bar & Lounge

                         247 West 37th Street (between 7th & 8th)

                         (212) 852-4826

 

 

 

                        http://www.stitchnyc.com/

Speak with you soon…

Jim

SEE YOU THURSDAY…

March 31, 2009

It is time for everyone  in America to band together…to innovate…to become leaders of change again.  Like many of you, I find myself trying to work with friends as much as possible.  Thus, I’m always trying to make new ones.  Almost 15-years ago, we started the Aspen Live Conference to bring people together in a relaxed, fun environment….to meet, make friends, and discuss and brainstorm new ideas…and old.  We don’t try and fool anyone.  The hang, is a big part of what makes the conference special, and most of us do business together on a regular basis because of that.  We have become a family of sorts.  Now we want to extend that family with the Aspen Dinner Club.

The idea of our club is simple.  Get people together in cities on a monthly basis and good things are bound to happen.  Our first dinners went very well.  We had 26 people in LA, and they had about the same in New York.  So let’s do it again..and bigger this time.  BRING A FRIEND!

The second meeting is this Thursday, April 2nd @ 7:30 pm / 6:30 pm for Indy and Austin. 

LA’s meeting place is: The Cellar Restaurant Bar & Grill – 1880 Century Park East – Los Angeles, CA 90067 – (310) 277-1584 – Parking available under the building and across the street in parking structure.  RSVP to jim@theagencygroupevents.com

NY meeting Place is: Song Kran(Thai Restaurant) – 330 8th Avenue (Between 26th & 27th Street) – New York, NY 10001 – 212-239-8792 – If you have not RSVP’d to Gayle Miller or Wayne Forte yet, please email Gayle ASAP at rockinhorse@mac.com

Indianapolis meeting place is: The Brass Ring (Fountain Square) 1245 S. Shelby Street – Indianapolis, IN 46203 – (317) 635-7464 – PLEASE NOTE THIS DINNER MEETS @ 6:30 pm – RSVP to andywilson@live-360.com

Austin meeting place is:  Mangia Pizza – 3016 Guadalupe, Suite 100 – Austin, TX 78705 – (512) 302-5200 –  garage parking in rear – PLEASE NOTE THIS DINNER MEETS @ 6:30 pm – RSVP to lisa@giantnoise.com

Would love for more cities to participate.  Please let me know if you are one of them.  Also, please make sure to RSVP if you can. 

Hope to see you on Thursday night!  Remember to bring a friend.  Doesn’t have to be someone from the Live Entertainment or Music Business…business is business.  We can all help and learn from each other.  The larger your network is…the larger your network is. 

Speak with you soon…

Jim

DINNER CLUB – THURSDAY

March 3, 2009

Getting people together to talk, sharing ideas and information, innovation, creating change, helping one another, and of course networking is what the Aspen Dinner Club is all about.  The idea is to take the spirit of the Aspen Live Conference to cities across the country on a monthly (depending on where you live) basis.  We will always try and pick places that are centrally located and inexpensive.  Here is what you need to know for this week.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 @ 7:30 PM

LOS ANGELES – Village Pizzeria – 6363 Yucca Street – Los Angeles, CA 90028 – (323) 790-0793 – Jim Lewi is your organizer in the LA area (310) 385-2800 or jim@theagencygroupevents.com.  Please note that the owner asked us to move to the Hollywood location, not the Hancock Park location originally announced. 

NEW YORK – John’s Pizza – 260 West 44th Street (Times Square area) – New York, NY 10036 – (212) 391-7560 – Gayle Miller is your organizer in the NY area (914) 237-5910 or gayle@zenmediagroup.net.

I did receive interest but need leaders and meeting places in the cities listed below…plus any others interested please hit me back with an email. 

NASHVILLE –

BOSTON –

SAN FRANCISCO –

CHICAGO –

DENVER/BOULDER –

ATLANTA –

TORONTO –

AUSTIN –

INDIANAPOLIS –

Please try and RSVP if you plan on attending or can act as an organizer, but the most important thing is that you are there. 

Talk with you soon…

Jim