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The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

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United States

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The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 028: Jim Digby - Event Safety Alliance & Show Makers

1/11/2021
Jim has spent three decades bringing celebrated talent to stages across the globe. Longtime Director of Touring for multi-platinum recording artists Linkin Park, he has shepherded productions for diverse and high-profile clients including Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Marilyn Manson, The Bolshoi Ballet, Phil Collins, and Bon Jovi. Jim’s is passionate about event safety, sharing professional knowledge, and driving positive change in the industry. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the...

Duration:00:34:58

Ep. 027: Ashley Lomax - Hospitality & VIP Coordinator

1/1/2021
Ashley Lomax has 12+ years of singing and songwriting and 8+ years of VIP touring experience with such companies as Live Nation and On The List Presents. She has a deep love and passion for music, songwriting, and the arts in general. Ashley is one of the lucky ones who has figured out a way to incorporate the things that are actually a part of her skill set into her career and into her daily life. Ashley has been involved on various tours such as Kanye West, Slipknot and Janet Jackson as a...

Duration:00:37:20

Ep. 026: Janine Diaz - Health Coach & Personal Trainer

12/21/2020
Janine Diaz is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer whose passion for health & wellness led her to create The Tour Life Podcast & The #Thriving Podcast. Through health coaching and her podcasts, Janine strives to bring awareness to the importance of prioritizing mental, physical, and emotional health everywhere, and especially in the Music Industry. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Indiana University, she completed her training at the...

Duration:00:30:30

Ep. 025: Jen Kellogg - Tour Accountant / Educator

12/11/2020
Jen Kellogg has spent over 25 adventurous years in the concert industry as a roadie, educator and entrepreneur. Sometimes she’s one part of the large machine that gets a huge show on stage for an arena full of excited fans. Other times she’s teaching the next generation of our industry so they can further their own careers. She began road life in 2004 with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson in minor league baseball parks across America as part of a talent buying team at Jam Productions. In...

Duration:00:25:05

Ep. 024: Aaron Adams - Tour Manager, Consultant

12/1/2020
With over fifteen years of experience as a Tour Manager, Operations Manager, Event Manager, Producer, Consultant, and founder and principal of Accessible, LLC, Aaron Adams has excellently served personal and professional brands spanning various industries. Having a particular passion for the many facets of entertainment, his work threads across a number of well-known brands including but not limited to R&B soul icon, Anita Baker, award-winning rapper and speaker, Lecrae, music industry...

Duration:00:46:06

Ep. 023: Jere Righter - Artistic Director, Croswell Opera House

11/15/2020
For the past 30 years, Jere Righter has been involved in almost every aspect of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan. A native of Adrian, Jere graduated from Siena Heights University with a degree in theater and speech communications. She subsequently served as Siena’s Vice President for Advancement and later was hired to raise funds for medical research at the University of Michigan. In 2009, Jere joined the Croswell staff as Artistic Director. With her vision, people skills, and...

Duration:00:28:09

Ep. 022: David '5-1' Norman - Tour Director / Tour Manager

11/1/2020
With over 35 years of global touring experience, David has worked on a multitude of tours throughout the world, with artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Chase Rice, Toni Braxton, John Fogerty, Prince, John Legend, and Toto. His roles have included Tour Director, Tour Manager and Production Manager, with specific skills in areas of tour accounting, budgets, show settlements, staffing, vendor allocation, routing assistance, travel coordination, charter jet bookings and work visas. David has...

Duration:00:37:57

Ep. 021: Jon Diener - News & Updates

10/7/2020
THANKS FOR LISTENING! Finally got a chance to record a quick update on recent happenings with the podcast! In this episode: a major milestone, a roundup of global listeners, and I ask for a couple favors from YOU, the listeners. Beyond the Spotlight on Facebook Beyond the Spotlight on Instagram Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9JCBNUCRNRVKY&source=url)

Duration:00:09:14

Ep. 020: Bob Potsic - Singer/Musician

9/15/2020
As a singer, Bob Potsic has performed numerous operas, oratorios, and has sung on Grammy Award nominated albums. He is best known for his engaging performances, enhanced by his massive onstage persona. Specializing in musical theatre pit orchestras, Bob has performed with many theatre companies throughout the United States. He is sought after for his sensitivity to the score, and ability to play multiple styles. Bob regularly holds a studio of nearly 50 students. Feeling at home teaching...

Duration:00:56:40

Ep. 019: Dave Cohen - Nashville Session Player, Producer, Songwriter

9/1/2020
Originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada, keyboardist Dave Cohen has spent the past 13 years in Nashville, garnering accolades that most musicians could only hope to achieve. Cohen first got his start touring with stand-out Canadian acts such as Johnny Reid and Amanda Marshall. After moving to the states and hitting the road to play for country icon Joe Nichols and hit-makers like Big & Rich and Wynonna, Cohen stepped away from touring in 2013 to focus on fine-tuning his talent strictly as a...

Duration:00:54:48

Ep. 018: Josh Keller - Music Director, Performer

8/15/2020
After growing up in Northwest Ohio, Josh Keller studied Church Music at the University of Valley Forge, outside Philadelphia. As a student there, he also tutored other students in music theory. Since then, he’s been Music Assistant at Grand Rapids First, and is currently teaching voice and piano at The Piano Cottage Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives. After getting involved in the community theater scene there, Josh has been working steadily as a pit musician or music...

Duration:00:42:50

Ep. 017: Paul Klimson - Monitor Engineer

8/1/2020
Paul Klimson brings twenty highly-credited years of technical experience to the details of audio, staging, video, and lighting arrangement in the areas of television broadcasts, arena performances, international music festivals, and top-tier special events production. He designs, creates, and implements the technical foundation upon which the most resonating musical performances of the day exist. What musicians - like Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and The Roots – understand is that Paul’s...

Duration:01:20:53

Ep. 016: Tobin Ost - Set & Costume Designer

7/15/2020
Tobin Ost is an award winning, TONY nominated scenic and costume designer who has been has been working professionally in New York for close to 20 years. His work on Broadway includes Disney's NEWSIES, BONNIE & CLYDE, JEKYLL AND HYDE, DISASTER! - ON BROADWAY, THE PHILANTHROPIST, and BROOKLYN - THE MUSICAL, several which generated multiple national tours as well as subsequent productions internationally. Select Off-Broadway work includes NIGHTINGALE, both written and performed by Lynn...

Duration:01:03:46

Ep. 015: Chris Shrom - Lighting Designer

7/1/2020
Chris Shrom is a Nashville-based lighting designer and technician for live tours and corporate events. He grew up in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania where he got his start in production when his church connected him with Susquehanna Sound. In middle school and high school, he traveled with a band called Saline, and another, Heartbeat Productions. His family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio after his freshmen year, where he toured with a drama group called Mishpachah, Inc., still doing audio. He also...

Duration:00:38:07

Ep. 014: Cathy & Emily Stein - Wardrobe/Dressers

6/15/2020
Emily and Cathy Stein have spent a decade working as dressers and wardrobe specialists in community theater and on national tours. Emily Stein began doing theater in high school and hasn’t stopped since! She's done everything from running a light board to costume designing. Emily has not only been active in the West Michigan theater scene, but has also been on 3 national tours as the head of wardrobe and assistant wardrobe/head of wigs. Cathy Stein did a little theater in high school and...

Duration:00:34:01

Ep. 013: Cherie B. Tay - Stage Manager

6/1/2020
Cherie B. Tay is a New York City based stage manager by way of Texas, Connecticut, Singapore, Pennsylvania, and San Diego. She’s built an impressive resume of shows - on and off-Broadway productions, national tours, as well as international productions. Currently, Cherie is the Assistant Stage Manager at the Tony Award® winning show HADESTOWN on Broadway. Outside of the theater, Cherie has many other talents including photography, music / ukulele, podcasting (UNSAD Podcast), voice overs,...

Duration:00:29:32

Ep. 012: Dave Horowitz - A1 at Beetlejuice

5/15/2020
We chat with Dave Horowitz, A1 at Beetlejuice The Musical on Broadway, about the challenges of mixing sound for such a frenetic production, as well as the journey that brought him to this point in his career. Originally from White Plains, NY, Dave studied Music/Sound at Penn State University, and has worked in various audio-related positions at The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, A Bronx Tale The Musical, and Head Sound at Spring Awakening Broadway. He's also an accomplished musician...

Duration:00:29:19

Ep. 011: George Farmer - Freelance Bassist

5/1/2020
Electric and double bass man, George Farmer, is a player with an all new blend. He began his musical training at a young age, receiving his earliest musical lessons from his father, legendary jazz trumpeter Art Farmer. In a house filled with American Soul as well as classical music, Farmer benefited from a unique blend of musical influences and began playing the electric and upright basses at the same time. With a curriculum that included conservatory training at the Academy of Music and...

Duration:01:17:01

Ep. 010: Noddea Skidmore - Director of Creative & Audience Development, Circle Theatre

4/15/2020
Noddea Skidmore has worked as the Director of Creative and Audience Development at Circle Theatre since 2015. This summer she’ll play Patsy Cline in the musical Always… Patsy Cline. Past Circle Theatre main stage credits include Regina in Rock of Ages (Grand Award Nomination), Joanne in Company, Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot (Grand Award Nomination), Miss Hannigan in Annie (2010), Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Patsy in Bingo!, Marlene in Daddy’s Dyin’…, Vicki in The Full Monty,...

Duration:00:48:28

Ep. 009: Lindsay Schmidt - Child Wrangler

4/1/2020
Lindsay Schmidt has vocal directed high school musicals (Annie, Footloose, Willy Wonka, and Tarzan), worked with the some youth classes at a local community center, and has been performing in community productions around West Michigan since 2001. Lindsay also traveled with first national tour of “The King & I” as a guardian/child wrangler from 2016-2018. Her husband is a traveling audio engineer for musicals/plays and has been touring for about 15 years. Lindsay on...

Duration:00:19:07