|FALL 2000 Newsletter
Chuck Kruger, President
Another great year is heading into its final turn. The
turn of the century confused some, and got others way too
worked up. We worked on several very successful "millennium"
events that kicked off the New Year in big ways. The real
millennium promises to be a bit quieter with a lot less hype.
No problem there! …
Dot O'Donnell's son Rory got off to a roaring start
at Colby-Sawyer College - one of the top pitchers on this
very successful team. Dot's husband Dave is Program Director
of new radio station The Bay 105.5, receiving kudos for the
sublime swing and Big Band sounds which are garnering a phenomenal
response from listeners of all ages…
We decided to send Stacie Mariano to Washington to
look out for our interests there. Washington, Maine, that
is. Congrats to her and Joe (and Grady the Dog) on their new
Phil Clement has been cleverly balancing coaching
his sons Matt and Sam in baseball, soccer, and electric guitar.
While it's true that they need to round up some neighbors
to get a ball game going, the three of them are a wicked hot
power trio all on their own…
Kruger attended the International Concert Industry Consortium
in Las Vegas, and the IEG International Sponsorship Conference
in Chicago. Reports on both can be found here.
Gov. Angus King re-appointed Chuck to a 3-year term
on the Maine Arts Commission, where he serves on the Executive
Committee and as Chair of the Contemporary Arts Development
We enjoyed having Caleb Winslow around this summer
to help out on many technology fronts, and we all wish him
good luck with his senior year at Rockland District High School.
SHOWS & EVENTS
|cbk with Randy Travis
Remember the 70's hair band called Triumph? It was
led by a gifted Canadian guitarist named Rik Emmet.
Listening to our clients is as important as ever. John
Murphy of Fisher Engineering asked us to book and
produce Emmet for festivities surrounding the opening of the
new Fisher Snowplow manufacturing facility, and we're so glad
he did. Rik is a class act and adapted brilliantly to this
For a private party in Northeast Harbor Maine on the 4th
of July, we constructed a large stage on a steep sloping lawn
on Somes Sound, and staged a huge concert production for country
artist Randy Travis (another class act). This was capped
by a huge fireworks show by the famed Grucci Bros.
of New York.
For a major corporate client, we did booking and all the
production for a multi-day conference that featured world-renowned
skateboard champs, The Heroes of Rock-n-Roll, TKO
Big Band, Yogi Berra, James Carville, Mary
Matalin, Tommy Lasorda, and George Stephanopoulos
(among others) …
|With Willie Nelson & Angus King
Maine Lobster Festival was the most successful (and
most fun) ever, with attendance, gate admission revenue, food
sales, souvenirs, and just about every other department up
significantly. Star of the show this year was the legendary
Willie Nelson, who arrived early with his band and
large entourage in three busses and a semi, took in many of
the pleasures of the Festival, and played an outstanding,
2.5 hour show to huge and thrilled crowd. He stayed around
a chatted with fans after the show until after 1:00 am. Let
it not be said that those good ol' Texans don't know how to
The Festival also saw a huge crowd turn out for the Rustic
Overtones, whom I first worked with as teenagers (them,
not me) back in 1995. They are a great band, and we hope they
attain the national success they deserve. Other Lobster Festival
standouts included Agents of Good Roots, Sean Mencher
Combo, The Pinetones, Dr. Watson Reid &
Americana, Hypnotic Clambake, The Boneheads,
Stan Catell Combo, Eastern Standard Trio, Tzena
Tzena, and the Clam Flat Five. For updates on next
year's event, go to www.mainelobsterfestival.com
For the third year in a row we organized a wonderful bash
USA… Several major coach manufacturers selected
Entertainment Resources to produce client appreciation parties
for them during the massive Family Motor Coach Assn.
Rally in Brunswick, including Prevost and Monaco.
We were pleased to help The Maine Insurance Agents Association
line up Joan Benoit Samuelson for their annual conference.
There's much more to tell, but I sense that you're getting
Bob Ellis retires. Can't say as I blame him, but our
clients and especially we here at the ER office will miss
Bob, surely one of the finest DJ's ever. His great gift for
reading a crowd, and spinning exactly the right next song,
is quite rare and greatly valued. His ability to lay back
and let the music do the work always made him my personal
favorite. Good luck, Bob. You're sure to be enjoying that
elusive concept that others take for granted: the free weekend.
Clarion Steel Band continues to evolve and develop,
both as a diverse musical unit and in developing steel drum
programs in schools and communities throughout the northeast.
Michael Lane Trautman finished up the year-long tour
of "The Big Apple Circus Stage Show." That tour
went from October through June, and went across the US to
a long list of theaters and performing arts centers, including
a great weekend in Portland last March. Speaking of Michaels
and circuses, Michael
Menes will be appearing with Cirque du Soleil next
Brad Terry recruited an outstanding trio of teenage
musicians on his last trip to Poland. They have been touring
the U.S., turning heads wherever they go with their world-class
musicianship and dazzling combo sound… Guitarist Mark
Kleinhaut has an outstanding new album called Secrets of
Three, recorded with Jim Lyden and Mark Macksound
Dave Mallett has made a fine new album, Ambition.
He is available for concerts as always, but also is looking
to do more corporate events as part of a Maine Heritage package.
Call us for details… Jonathan Edwards continues
his trend toward fewer and fewer live shows. Check with us
for his few New England availabilities for 2001… Glenn
Jenks will see an original string quartet performed
at Bay Chamber Concerts next June… Also appearing at
the Harvest Ragtime Revue.
We continue to collect rave reviews from our clients for
fine local and regional bands we book for them, such as Ben
Baldwin & The Big Note, Jump Street, The
Chief , and The
Tony Boffa Band, to name but a few. We're especially
proud of the great working relationships we have developed
with some of the country's leading stand-up comedians who
have turned in outstanding performances for our clients, thereby
making us all look good.
If you or someone you know is getting married, be sure to
check in with us. We specialize in great music for the ceremony
and the reception, and we're always glad to help line up many
other event services, such as sound systems, lighting, stage,
custom recordings, equipment and party rentals, even event
staff. If you need information, click
here and write to us with your question..
Since it's not likely to be promoted anywhere else, I'll put
in a plug here for the recent Jesse Winchester CD on
Sugar Hill entitled Gentleman of Leisure. This is an
absolute must-have album for thinking people who like acoustic
music and are moved by great lyrics. The last time I felt
this way about a record, it was James Taylor's seminal Hourglass,
another truly astonishing collection of songs.