Live Nation Entertainment has submitted a proposal to buy SMG, the company that operates Royal Farms Arena and Pier Six Pavilion, among many other concert venues, according to a SportsBusiness Journal report.
AEG Live Mid-Atlantic, one of the entertainment companies passed over for a contract to operate Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion on Monday filed a formal protest with the Board of Estimates, which is tasked with approving the contract.
Luke Bryan, the country singer/songwriter known for hits like "Play It Again" and "Kick the Dust Up," will perform at Royal Farms Arena on April 8, Live Nation announced via a press release on Monday. Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch are also scheduled to perform.
A lawsuit filed by Merriweather Post Pavilion operator It's My Amphitheatre Inc. (I.M.A.) claiming competitor Live Nation has a national and regional monopoly over the promotion of live music events was dismissed by a Federal judge last week, prohibiting the lawsuit from going to trial.
Since he started 24-7 Entertainment in 1997, he's been working to bring in musical acts that provide excitement for audiences, booking about 100 shows a year in the Baltimore area, including the upcoming Shindig Music Festival at Carroll Park, with a lineup featuring Jane's Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello and Halestorm.
The power couple of Lisa Harris Jones and Sean Malone once again topped lobbying totals in Baltimore last year, bringing in $285,000 for their work in the city ¬— nearly double what businesses paid them a year before.
In a decision that could have implications for how show and sports tickets are sold in Baltimore, the state's highest court ruled Friday that service fees charged by Ticketmaster amount to scalping — setting up the possibility that people who attended some events may ultimately be eligible for refunds.
A traveling EDM festival might have seemed like a far-fetched notion last year, but Live Nation's IDentity is returning this year, with a show planned at Jiffy Lube Live again. Plus: the Hives, Linkin Park, Lucinda Williams, +