VINCE GEIGER: A Greeley Estates/Bless The Fall concert at the old Bassment location when I was 14. It was a packed sold out emo show during it’s prime. band members climbing the pipes and speakers, crowd surfing, moshing you name it – it was a blast. I decided then, that I wanted to be in a band and put on shows. I was on the hunt for band mates and did as much research as you could at the time on how promoter world worked. At 15 a friend of mine named Kirstyn invited my band to play our first show which was also her first time promoting. After that event and showing interest in promoting she asked me if I wanted to join her and another friend of ours Steve under the name “royGbiv” to create a supergroup. I remember explaining to my foster mom about setting up a show for the first time and she thought it was crazy and just a phase. We were just kids putting on so many DIY shows of all kinds, so many great memories at that time.
Fun fact: a few years later I actually booked Greeley Estates, the very band that got me into it. Also Steve put on a handful of Andy Shauf events before he was the Andy we all know and love today. It’s amazing to watch some artists growth over time like that.
Fast forward handful of years Dan Smolinski (the Manager from Louis’) helped me get my foot in the door for production with a major promoter. Many changes and developments since then but I’ve been going strong working shows I never thought were reachable for years (thanks to him). I owe a great debt to those people (and many others) for planting those seeds.