Riverside Fox: Concert Powerhouse Live Nation’s Contract Comes With Strings

Celebration concert at Grizzly Peak Saturday for Eyes to Burma

8. The proposed half-million dollar agreement would give the producer a performance bonus, naming rights and a three-year term with extensions. In exchange, the city would keep or split some profits, be guaranteed that certain kinds of shows such as Broadway musicals and multicultural offerings and numbers of events are booked, and be able to end the contract early if performance goals arent met. The contract, made public Thursday, Oct. 3, is the result of more than three and a half months of negotiations between Riverside and Live Nation, one of the world’s largest concert promoters. Live Nation officials declined to comment before the agreement is approved, and Riverside Metropolitan Museum Director Sarah Mundy, who oversees the city venues, could not be reached late Thursday. View Fox Performing Arts Center in a larger map The city picked Live Nation last summer from among seven bidders that included large and small companies. Current operator William P. Malone, who is under a short-term contract extension, did not submit a bid. City officials are hoping the new operator can lift the fortunes of the historic Fox, which reopened in 2010 after a $32 million renovation, and provide solid management of the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. Audiences, performers and most city residents love the Fox, but complaints about unresponsive management, limited bookings and a lack of diversity of shows have been pervasive since the opening. Although the city expected to subsidize the theater, it also has cost more than expected. The agreement doesnt include the Fox Entertainment Plaza, a new venue that opened earlier this year next door to the landmark theater on Market Street. A report to the council notes the plazas flexible black box theater space is being booked by city museum officials and the remainder of the space is standing in for the convention center, which is closed for an expansion. Malone was paid $200,000 a year to run the Fox since it opened.

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Wells St. $70 to $95 at the box office, (414) 286-3663 and pabsttheater.org. The Chieftans: 8 p.m. March 7, Pabst Theater. $70 to $95, on sale noon Friday. Goblin: 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Turner Hall Ballroom , 1040 N. 4th St. $25, on sale noon Friday through the Pabst Theater. Lord Huron: 8 p.m. Jan.

Each October, volunteers with Stockwells one-man Peace Corps-like operation organize events in the Rogue Valley to announce the group’s efforts and raise money for Eyes to Burma . All monies go directly to help the refugees. From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, there will be a free Meet & Greet photography exhibit at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., Ashland. The next day, Saturday, Oct. 5, there will be benefit concert from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grizzly Peak Winery , 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland ( grizzlypeakwinery.com ) Concert organizer Barbara Goldfarb Seles and other volunteers say this celebration will honor Stockwells hard work and the generous support of the local community. Tables and chairs will be set up on the grounds around the stage with a dance area in the center.

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