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The Company

PromoWest Productions is the largest full-service, independently owned and operated entertainment company in the Midwest and was named in the top 10 largest rock promoters by Pollstar Magazine. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, PromoWest takes pride in bringing today’s biggest names in music featured in an intimate setting, while showcasing up-and-coming artists as well.

 

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Venues

PromoWest owns and operates EXPRESS LIVE!, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar in Columbus, Ohio; Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA; and Bunbury and Buckle Up music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio. EXPRESS LIVE! and Stage AE are the first indoor/outdoor venues of their kind featuring a reversible stage allowing the venue to accommodate both indoor and outdoor concerts.

PromoWest Business Profile

Recognized as one of the nation’s most successful independent promoters, President and CEO Scott Stienecker has staged several noteworthy Columbus concerts. Retained by The Ohio State University in 1997 to produce the U2 and Rolling Stones concerts, and more recently booking Jack White at The Schottenstein Center, Stienecker is a staple to the central Ohio live music scene.

Stienecker also staged the first evening concerts at Cooper Stadium and the Brewery District as well as managed live entertainment for the Ohio State Fair, bringing record numbers in attendance.

PromoWest Productions was the original developer of Polaris Amphitheater and worked as a consultant for construction of The Schottenstein Center.

In October of 2001 PromoWest Productions opened the country’s first one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor concert venue, PromoWest Pavilion (now EXPRESS LIVE!). EXPRESS LIVE!, located in the Arena District in downtown Columbus, has an indoor capacity of 2,200 and an outdoor capacity of 5,200.

In 2003, PromoWest Productions assumed management of the building located next door to EXPRESS LIVE!, now known as A&R Music Bar. In February 2005, PromoWest opened The Basement on the lower level of this building to host local and small national and regional acts.

In 2009, PromoWest launched PromoWest Live, a locally produced live music show featuring footage of concerts at PromoWest venues. The show airs weekly on NBC after Saturday Night Live in the Columbus and Pittsburgh, PA markets.

In 2010, PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE, modeled after the original PromoWest Pavilion.

In 2014, PromoWest Productions celebrated its 30th anniversary and announced the purchase of Bunbury and Buckle Up music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Below are some highlights of shows produced over the last 30 years:

Newport Music Hall

Neil Young, REO Speedwagon, James Brown, B.B. King, Todd Rundgren, Meatloaf, Cheap Trick, 10,000 Maniacs, Great White, Robin Trower, Bad English, Winger, Jerry Lee Lewis, Black Flag, The Monkees, Violent Femmes, Billy Crystal, American Authors, Chromeo, GWAR, Neon Trees, Passenger, Schoolboy Q, Jay Leno, Billy Ocean, Bad Company, Joe Walsh, Megadeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, St. Vincent, The Kooks, The Naked and Famous, The Neighbourhood, Keane, Slayer, George Clinton, Melissa Etheridge, George Thorogood, Bo Diddley, Quiet Riot, Alice in Chains, Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Alice Cooper, Primus, Huey Lewis and the News, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, Wale, Santigold, Crystal Castles, The Smashing Pumpkins, Big Sean, Atmosphere, Joe Satriani, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Candlebox, Better Than Ezra, Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Kings of Leon

Buckeye Lake

Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Grateful Dead

Palace Theater

Smokey Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, The Black Crowes, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld

Cooper Stadium

The Judds, Rush, Aerosmith

Convention Center

Tom Petty, Nine Inch nails, Marilyn Manson, John Mellencamp

Polaris Amphitheater

The Eagles, Van Halen, Metallica, Pearl Jam, MJanet Jackson, Depeche Mode, John Mellencamp, James Taylor, Santana, Aerosmith

Ohio Stadium

The Rolling Stones, George Strait, U2

Schottenstein Center

Jack White, AC/DC, Kings of Leon, Deftones

Nationwide Arena

Avenged Sevenfold

EXPRESS LIVE!

Buddy Guy, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, fun., A Day to Remember, Slayer, Goo Goo dolls, Incubus, 311, Modest Mouse, Bone Thugs & Harmony, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, George Clinton, Arcade Fire, My Chemical Romance, Gnarles Barkley, Alice Cooper, Deathcab for Cutie, The Black Keys, Gwar, Jane’s Addiction, Beck, B-52s, Billy Idol, Cake, Dan Fogelberg, Evanescence, Garbage, Jewel, John Mayer, LL Cool J, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Moby, Muse, Neville Borthers, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Snoop Dogg, Stone Temple Pilots, The White Stripes, Wilco, Soundgarden, Melissa Etheridge, The Flaming Lips, Backstreet Boys, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bastille, B.B. King, Broken Bells, Chvrches, Fitz and the Tantrums, Foster the People, Iggy Azalea, Korn, Lorde, Modest Mouse, Panic! At The Disco, Santana, Skrillex, The 1975, twenty one pilots, Young The Giant, Marilyn Manson, The Postal Service, Alabama Shakes, Ke$ha, Queens of the Stone Age, Kid Cudi, MGMT, Jonas Brothers, Childish Gambino, Ed Sheeran, Wilco, Darius Rucker, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Incubus, Cage the Elephant

Stage AE

Daryl Hall and John Oates, Motley Crue, ZZ Top, Incubus, A Perfect Circle, My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Rise Against, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Sigur Ros, Modest Mouse, 311, Heart, Boston, A Day to Remember, The Lumineers, Tenacious D, Soundgarden, Fall Out Boy, Social Distortion, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Lyle Lovett, Bastille, Arctic Monkeys, Of Monsters and Men, Jack White, Hozier, The 1975, Austin Mahone, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Neighbourhood, twenty one pilots, Skrillex, Sleater Kinney, The Replacements, Volbeat, MGMT

 

ABOUT THE OWNER

Scott Stienecker is president and CEO of PromoWest Productions, founded in 1984 by Stienecker after inspiration from a KISS concert at age 16 sparked his interest in concert promotion. In 2014, PromoWest Productions celebrated its 30th anniversary and announced its purchase of Bunbury and Buckle Up music festivals in Cincinnati, OH. PromoWest now owns and operates five venues in Columbus, three in Pittsburgh and has now made the recent expansion into the Cincinnati market.

 

The Beginning

Stienecker graduated from St. Mary’s Memorial High School in 1978 and attended Bowling Green University before transferring to The Ohio State University to join the OSU Pep Board and begin co-promoting concerts for the university. Two notable concerts he co-promoted with Belkin Productions include Black Sabbath and AC/DC at St. John Arena.

 

In 1981 Stienecker accepted an internship in San Francisco with concert promoter Bill Graham. The following year, he was hired by Parallax Productions based in Berkley, CA, to book concerts in secondary markets throughout California. Stienecker promoted concerts for artists such as The Clash, The Talking Heads and The Go-Gos.

 

Starting PromoWest Productions

PromoWest Productions was founded in 1984, when Stienecker got word that the Columbus Agora was being shut down. He purchased the building, now known as Newport Music Hall, and started PromoWest with the mission to bring quality, big-name entertainment and emerging talent to central Ohio. PromoWest presented its first act, Neil Young, at Newport Music Hall to a sold out crowd on September 9, 1984.Today, Newport Music Hall is famously known as the longest continually running rock club in America and has hosted legendary performers and today’s hottest acts including AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Strokes, Chromeo, Chvrches, Passenger and The Smashing Pumpkins.

 

Polaris Amphitheater

In 1994, Stienecker partnered with Dave Lucas of Sunshine Promotions to build and operate the 18,000 capacity Polaris Amphitheater. The venue was sold to SFX Entertainment in 1997.

 

PromoWest Pavilion (Now EXPRESS LIVE!)

Stienecker had a vision to build a “smaller Polaris Amphitheater and larger Newport Music Hall,” resulting in a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor concert venue opening in the Arena District, then PromoWest Pavilion, in 2001. PromoWest Pavilion is now known as EXPRESS LIVE!.

 

PromoWest Live

In 2009, PromoWest Productions started broadcasting a weekly TV show featuring live performances from PromoWest venues, as well as incorporating live interviews and behind the scenes footage, which airs on NBC in the Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA markets.

 

Stage AE

PromoWest partnered with Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2010 to build Stage AE, the second venue of its kind, modeled after the original PromoWest Pavilion.

 

Today

Through his 37 years in the concert business, Stienecker has produced more than 8,000 concerts that include some of the most influential artists in music such as Marilyn Manson, The Eagles, Jack White, Beck, Santana, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty, Incubus, The Killers, fun., Lorde, The Pixies, Alabama Shakes, The 1975, Charli XCX, Jane’s Addiction and Imagine Dragons. Stienecker has grown PromoWest Productions over the past 30 years to become the largest privately owned concert promotion company in the Midwest. It currently produces more than 500 events every year.

 

Scott Stienecker Affiliations:

Co-chairman of Touchdown Club of Columbus

Member of Young Professionals Organization (YPO)

Voted one of the “40 Most Successful People in Columbus under age 40” in 1995

Provides a scholarship fund at St. Mary’s City Schools called “Carpe Diem”

 

PromoWest Owned and Operated venues/festivals:

EXPRESS LIVE! (indoor/outdoor), Newport Music Hall, The Basement, A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH

Stage AE (indoor/outdoor), Club AE – Pittsburgh, PA

Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH

PromoWest Fest – Columbus, OH

Polaris Amphitheater (1994-1997) – Columbus, OH

Contact

PromoWest Productions
405 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 461-5483 (LIVE)
 
PromoWest North Shore – Stage AE
400 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 229-5483 (LIVE)
 
 
For general questions, email feedback@promowestlive.com

Donation Requests:

If you would like to be considered for a donation of tickets, please submit the donation request form below to feedback@promowestlive.com or mail to the address above. No phone calls or faxes will be accepted. No cash donations available. Due to the large number of requests we receive on a monthly basis, please understand we are unable to fulfill all requests. If we are able to donate tickets for your fundraiser, you will receive a confirmation email within 7-10 business days.   Donation_Request_Form.pdf 

 

COLUMBUS, OH CONTACTS:
 

Special Events / Rentals / General Manager
Kathleen Cleary – Director of Special Events / General Manager
kathleen@promowestlive.com

 

Sponsorship - Concert Venues & Bunbury Music Festival (Columbus & Cincinnati)
Jackie Owen – Sponsorship Director
jackie@promowestlive.com

 

Marketing (Columbus & Cincinnati)
Megan Doster – Marketing Director 
megan@promowestlive.com

 

Promotions
Joey Teale – Promotions Manager 
joey@promowestlive.com

 

Advertising / Design
Kaitlin Herman
kaitlin@promowestlive.com

 

Social Media Manager (Columbus and Pittsburgh)
Jeff Railsback
jeff@promowestlive.com

 

Production
Tim Burris – Director of Production / Promoter Rep
tburris@promowestlive.com

 

Festival VIP
Jackie Owen - Festival VIP & Sponsorship Manager
jackie@promowestlive.com

 

VIP Boxes / Season Tickets / Sponsorship - (Columbus)
Mike Cash - Sponsorship Sales Manager
mike@promowestlive.com

 
Box Office
BJ Rayburn – Director of Ticketing
bj@promowestlive.com

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - STAGE AE CONTACTS:


General Manager
Doug Herrmann
doug@promowestlive.com
 

Marketing
Amy Cooper – Marketing Director
amy@promowestlive.com

 

Promotions
Bret Kunash
bret@promowestlive.com

 

Advertising / Design
Derek Rudy
derek@promowestlive.com

 

Production

Justin Lucotch – Production Manager

juddy@promowestlive.com

 
Season Tickets / Sponsorship
Kate Lambert – Director of Sponsorship
kate@promowestlive.com
 
 

Special Events
Renee Lutz – Director of Special Events
renee@promowestlive.com

 
Box Office
BJ Rayburn – Director of Ticketing
bj@promowestlive.com


Jeremy Olson - Box Office Manager
jeremy@promowestlive.com
 
 

Booking

Looking to book your band at one of our venues? Email booking@promowestlive.com
 


Photo Credits:
David Heasley
David@Cover-Online.com
 
Brian Hockensmith
media@bhockensmith.com

Rich Follini
rich@codaphoto.com

Jason Nelson
jasonlnelson@verizon.net

Careers

COLUMBUS

PromoWest Productions is always looking for professional, hard-working, dedicated people who love the music and entertainment industry. Positions include bartenders, security and guests services. You may apply in person at the PromoWest administrative offices located inside EXPRESS LIVE! on NON-SHOW DAYS between the hours 10AM-6PM.

 

PITTSBURGH

PromoWest North Shore is always looking for professional, hard-working, dedicated people who love the music and entertainment industry. Positions include bartenders, security and guests services. For more information or to apply for a position, please contact Sean Ellenberger, sean@promowestlive.com.

 

Internships

An internship with PromoWest in Columbus or Pittsburgh offers hands on training to provide in-depth exposure to the unique techniques and practices of the concert industry. Through initiative and development, many interns have moved on to successful careers in the music business. We offer internships in the following areas:

 

Columbus

Marketing/Promotions

Joey Teale – joey@promowestlive.com

To apply for an internship, please go to the OFF THE STAGE page to submit your resume and form.

 

Design/Print

Kaitlin Herman – kaitlin@promowestlive.com

Currently we are not accepting applications. Please check back at a later date. 

 

Sales/VIP/Sponsorship

Jackie Owen – jackie@promowestlive.com

Sponsorship and Events Internship

PromoWest Productions is now accepting applications for Sponsorship and Event interns for summer (approx. May-July) 2018. Candidates should be hard-working, detail-oriented multitaskers who work well under pressure. Interns will directly support sponsorship and event team in the office and on-site at large scale events. Candidates should have a professional, upbeat demeanor, impeccable communication skills and be able to think on their toes. Ability to work well with a team is essential. This is an invaluable opportunity for the right candidate to get real, hands-on experience in the sponsorship and events management field. Some regional travel is required, expenses covered.

 

To apply, submit a resume along with responses to the below questions to jackie@promowestlive.com. Interviews will take place in January/February 2018. 

 

There is no length requirement. Feel free to explain your response in detail.

 

• What was your first job?

• What event management experience do you have? 

• Why are you interested in this position?

• Is it better to be 30 minutes early, right on time, or 5 minutes late?

• Provide one life example (personal or professional) where you’ve worked well under pressure. 

 
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