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The Straw That Stirs The Drink | Dan Smalls | TEDxUtica
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Added Sep 26, 2016
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Dan talks about reviving a somewhat stagnant upstate concert scene - looking at it from new eyes and in a new way. About breaking down walls of how it used to be done and creating partnerships with venues, national touring acts and their managers, agents, and saying no to the status quo --- breaking the luddite rules of an ever changing industry. About finding a place to thrive under the corporate mindset that dominates an industry... About creating something from the ashes and embers of something that once was in Ithaca and now growing that to the entire northeast.

Dan Smalls is the president of Dan Smalls Presents, a concert promotion company based out of Ithaca New York. His company books shows from Boston to Buffalo in venues like the State Theatre, Brewery Ommegang, Ani Difranco’s Asbury Hall, Daryl Hall’s club in Pawling and so on. His career has spanned over 25 years in positions from talent buyer to booking agent to festival producer, most notably part of the team that produced Phish’s first 6 festivals. His philosophy is to produce small but perfect events and work with acts he respects and that share his passion for the experience of the fans and artists alike.

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