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The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) shared a preview of the featured panels for the inaugural edition of their industry conference which will take place in Cleveland in July.

Set for two days – July 11 and 12 – at multiple NIVA member venues around Cleveland, the conference will address multiple aspects of the industry with programming, education, networking, entertainment and more.

NIVA ‘22 featured sessions include: 

A “Lyte” Breakfast and Live Podcast Recording
The illustrious Lawrence Peryer is recording the latest episode of his Spotlight On podcast in front of a live audience. Lawrence Peryer, Chief Strategy Officer, Lyte
Special Guests:
Shahida Mausi, President & CEO The Right Productions, Inc., Aretha Franklin Amphitheater

State of the Union
Rev. Moose, Executive Director, Co-Founder, NIVA & NIVF
Dayna Frank, NIVA Board President and CEO, First Avenue Productions
Hal Real, NIVF Board President and Founder and President, World Cafe Live
Boris Patronoff, NIVA Advisory Board Chair and CEO See Tickets North America
Frank Riley, NITO Board President and Founder, High Road Touring

Backstage with Andrew Dreskin 
The Youngest OG discusses the current state and future of streaming, ticketing and festivals. In conversation with Andy Gensler, executive editor of Pollstar.
Andrew Dreskin, Co-Founder and CEO, Flymachine
Andy Gensler, Executive Editor of Pollstar and Venues Now

Achieving Equity through Programming
Moderator: Marcus Dowling, Nashville Country Music Repotrer at Tennessean/Gannett
Kae Burke, Co-founder and Creative Director, House of Yes
Erika Elliot, Executive Artistic Director SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Ryan Smith, Agent, Liaison Artists
Lachi, Artist and President of RAMPD

National Advocacy in 2023 
Moderator: Casey Higgins, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump
Tyler Grimm, Chief Counsel for Policy and Strategy, House Committee Judiciary
Adam Hartke, NIVA Advocacy Co-Chair and owner of Wave in Wichita
Jamie Simpson, Chief Counsel, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts

Left Out Or Undersubscribed With Sponsorships? 
Moderator: Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes
Monika Julien, Senior Manager, Culture Marketing, Red Bull North America
Jesse Kirshbaum, Founder and CEO, NUE Agency
Mikey Lee, Co-founder of Ad.ventures

Effective Marketing: What worked yesterday is obsolete. So now what? 
Moderator: Jamie Loeb,  VP of Marketing, Nederlander Concerts
Adam Gaynor, CRO, Gamut
Betsy Lashaway, Client Solutions Manager, Meta
Alix Rosenberg, Senior Manager of Artist Partnerships, TikTok
Fabrice Sergent, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Bandsintown

The Catch 22 of Venue and Neighborhood Success Threatening Survival 
Moderator:  Marcus Dowling, Nashville Country Music Reporter at Tennessean/Gannett News
Chris Cobb, Owner, Exit/In
Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trust/Own Our Venues
Rebecca Greenwald, independent researcher and journalist on cities and the creative economy

Backstage with artist Meshell Ndegeocello
With a career spanning three decades starting with GoGo and filled with jazz, funk, poetry, live performances, soundtracks and a Grammy — hear about activism through music plus touring independent venues, and the future.

Enhancing Revenue Streams
Moderator: Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes
Allyson Jaffee, Co-owner of The Improv
Andre Perry, Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium and the Office of Performing Arts & Engagement, University of Iowa
Katie Tuten, Founder and Co-Owner of the Hideout
Donna Westmoreland, COO, I.M.P., 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Lincoln Theatre

The Dream Syndicate plays US dates!!


We are proud to present the first US dates for The Dream Syndicate since 1989!

The first show is in Cleveland this Friday 11/22 at Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road
Tickets: $22 – $25, call 216-383-1124, or available at the door.  And our very own super group The Split Squad opens!

Here is a show preview By Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer 
 updated November 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

The Dream Syndicate

 Steve Wynn, frontman of seminal Los Angeles indie band the Dream Syndicate, has two significant memories of Cleveland from the 1980s.

“The first time we drove into Cleveland on tour we had this really great experience,” says Wynn, calling from his home in New York City. “We had the radio on WMMS and we just happened to hear our song ‘That’s What You Always Say’ seguing into Free’s ‘Mr. Big.’ I remember thinking this was a really big deal.”

Wynn’s other vivid Cleveland memory also involves WMMS.

A year or so after their first visit, the Dream Syndicate was given the rare opportunity to play a WMMS Coffee Break Concert in June, 1983. They were probably the most underground band to be asked to take the Agora stage for the legendary series that featured such acts as John Mellencamp and Peter Frampton.

“We met a lot of people in Cleveland and they liked us and they booked this show,” says Wynn. “Then we played the show, and the fallout was they said we were terrible and noisy and we were out of tune and had a lot of feedback and they got complaints from callers.

“We were sad, they said ‘we’ll never play your music again. It was sad, but that’s life. Years later, I finally heard the show and it was great, it was the band in fine form. It just showed how unprepared people were at that time to hear that kind of thing, guitars and feedback.”

Cleveland musician Dave Swanson, who was at the show, agrees.

“They were absolutely great that day,” he says. “Raw and very energetic.”

The Dream Syndicate formed in 1981 in Southern California as part of the Paisley Underground movement. They became known for their driving guitars and almost dreamy feedback, paired with Wynn’s poetically angst lyrics. In short order they moved from college clubs to a major label, touring the world with R.E.M. and U2, and getting mainstream radio attention, as with WMMS.

But despite the harsh words after that fateful concert, WMMS couldn’t break the band’s spirit.

“The reaction was a disappointment to us,” says Wynn. “When we were together would see the Bangles and R.E.M. and bands we had come up with getting more popular. But, we didn’t feel we weren’t getting our due. I felt like we were living the dream and making records and touring. We were designed to be a cult band, our heroes were the Velvets and the Gun Club and Modern Lovers – bands who never made it that big.”

“The only time we derailed is when we had aspirations beyond our design.”

He’s referring to 1984, when the band temporarily broke-up after the release of their major label debut, “The Medicine Show.” It failed to achieve the critical success of their lauded 1982 guitar epic “The Days of Wine and Roses” — or commercial success. They eventually regrouped, but without founding bass player Kendra Smith and guitarist Karl Precoda.

The Dream Syndicate went on to release two more studio albums before finally disbanding in 1989: “I just felt it had become the same thing over and over again,” says Wynn.

Now, “the same thing” seems new again. Cleveland, you see, has another significant role in the history of the Dream Syndicate. It’s one of only four American cities who will see a reunited Dream Syndicate , when the band plays the Beachland Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“I wouldn’t call it a reunion tour,” says Wynn. “The Dream Syndicate doesn’t tour. We just get together and do shows that seem like they’ll be fun. We take it gig by gig, and I love the Beachland.”

The line-up will not include Smith, who Wynn is still friendly with, or Precoda, who he says he has not talked to in years.

“There’s always a protectiveness of the original lineup and I get that, I’m a music fan too,” says Wynn. “But the only two people in band whole time have been me and Dennis (Duck). Not once have we played and have said someone say ‘Wow, that was OK but I wish it was the original lineup.”

Wynn says he didn’t take the idea of reuniting lightly, though.

“I’m really proud of the Dream Syndicate and our role in music history,” he says. “It makes me think it’s a shame if someone hadn’t seen us. But it would also a shame is someone would see us and say ‘What was the fuss all about?’

“We did something at the time that almost nobody was doing, doing music with a guitar was kind of a radical crazy thing . … The nice thing about the reunion is that in the ’80s we were trying to evolve and get new fans. We don’t care about that anymore. We just want to make ourselves happy, and our fans happy. We are what we were.”