2009 Rewind: I for Inspired Booking | Rock Candy

2009 Rewind: I for Inspired Booking

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INSPIRED BOOKING In a great year for live music in Central Arkansas, Chris King, co-owner of Revolution and Sticky Fingerz, gets the blue ribbon. He brought in a thrillingly diverse slate of touring acts. Bubblegum pop, DJ collage, frat-rock, Memphis rap, Red Dirt country, Southern jam, tribute rock — name a subgenre and you probably could’ve seen it at one of his River Market clubs. Plus, in a way that no other local promoter has in recent years, he seized on the indie market, pulling in acts like Black Moth Super Rainbow, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Dinosaur Jr. and the Dutchess and the Duke with regularity. Props, too, to the Village, where owner/booker Blake Sandifer kept booking big-name rappers (Too Short, Scarface, Snoop, Tech 9ne) attendance be damned and managed to secure two of the most buzzed-about shows of the year —  MGMT and deadmau5. And of course to Verizon’s Michael Marion, who delivered AC/DC and KISS this year and always seems to know what’ll fill his arena up.

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