Former Norva and National co-owner joins KFE booking team
Knitting Factory Entertainment has signed two new talent-buying deals for the 3,300-cap Criterion in Oklahoma City and the soon to opened 600-cap Elevation 27 nightclub in Virginia Beach.
KFE senior talent buyer David Poe will oversee the exclusive booking contract for both venues from his company's offices in New York. The Criterion is owned by by Ronnye Farmer and has hosted acts like Young the Giant, Kevin Gates, Arctic Monkeys, and Vance Joy. Opened in March 2016, the $8 million venue and was previously booked by Live Nation. Poe says he thinks he can increase the venue's show count and draw from the nearby city of Norman, home to the University of Oklahoma.
"Oklahoma City is a good music town, and it's bigger than a city like Tulsa, but it gets less shows. We want to change that," Poe tells Billboard.