Jam Productions and SaveLive Announce Historic New Partnership
JAM and SaveLive intend to expand their Midwest venue footprint
Los Angeles, CA (April 21, 2022) – SaveLive, the platform founded in 2020 to work with independent venue owners and promoters, and Jam Productions ("Jam"), the legendary promoter and venue operator in Chicago and the Midwest, announced today a historic partnership. Jam joins as a crown jewel in the SaveLive network. Jam and SaveLive intend to aggressively invest in the Midwest targeting small-to-mid-size venues across multiple cities in quality markets.
Chicago-based Jam Productions, having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is one of the largest independent producers of live entertainment in the nation. SaveLive will work alongside Jam as the promoter continues to book ground-breaking events, foster artist development and serve as a homebase for legendary artists in illustrious venues such as The Vic Theatre, The Riviera Theatre, Park West, and the Palace in St Paul. Coming out of our industry’s pandemic pause, JAM anticipates producing 450 concerts in 33 different venues across the Midwest.Today, Jam currently has hundreds of shows booked across 33 venues in the Midwest.
Jam co-founder Jerry Mickelson said,
“It has been obvious that for Jam’s business to grow, it needed to be part of a network, something larger with more locations, data and intelligence analytics as well as booking leverage. Over the years I considered all the bigger players but there wasn’t a good fit in terms of how we wanted to operate and compete.”
“I have known Marc Geiger since 1984 and paid close attention to him over the years. He and his new company are built to preserve Jam’s independent spirit. It’s exciting to reinvent Jam by aligning with a national company outside of our comfort zone and built differently than ours. Jam 1.0 lasted 50 years, became a Midwest institution, and had a lot of success with my first partner. It’s time to announce Jam 2.0 with my new partners, Marc Geiger, John Fogelman, and SaveLive. The first show under the Jam Productions banner was WAR, three nights in April 1972, closely followed by Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac, and we’ve carried the mission to present the best artists through to today. We blazed a trail and were always focused on the city’s neighborhoods and on bands who were just starting out. We very much played a part in defining the modern concert business and it’s not over. We’re going to continue to grow and adapt for the next 50 years with SaveLive.”
Marc Geiger replied,
“38 years ago, I walked into Jam’s office when I was a young agent booking the Midwest and got indoctrinated into the Chicago scene through Jam’s team and concerts. I fell in love with the company right then. Jam’s platform is a natural next step in building a quality national independent network. Jerry’s tenacity over the years of consolidation has been inspiring and we are super excited to integrate and get to work.”
In 2020, SaveLive was started to bring scalable services and advantages to independent venue owners and secondary markets. We partner with iconic venues and promoters to grow their brand and business.
SaveLive’s network of independents enjoy the benefits of investment, booking, ticketing strategy, marketing, F&B, VIP, technology, financial analytics, sales, and sponsorship and much more.
ABOUT JAM PRODUCTIONS
Jam Productions, Ltd. is one of the largest independent producers of live entertainment in the United States. Located in Chicago, Jam has presented thousands of events in all 50 states since 1972.
From small 100-capacity clubs to arenas, stadiums, and festivals, Jam has worked with bands and artists at every level of their career. Their long history includes shows with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, and many more.