Chris Moore Exits Frank Productions, Joins Forces With Knitting Factory

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Chris Moore

The move keeps Moore and his Idaho concert business independent.

Nearly one year after Live Nation purchased Chris Moore's parent company, the Boise, Idaho, promoter is independent again and has formed a joint venue with another music indie, Knitting Factory Entertainment.

"It's kind of surreal to resign from a company named after you and then start a new company named after you," says Moore, who officially resigned from CMoore Live with marketing director Nick West and production manager Matthew Carlson to work at the newly formed CMoore Concerts.

"I really enjoyed working as an independent promoter in a private company," he tells Billboard. "I feel like there is a lot of opportunity for independent promoters right now and I enjoy the structure of working this way."

Moore's agreement has him working with KFE in Boise, where it owns the Knitting Factory, a venue that was nearly destroyed by a fire earlier this year and is undergoing repairs. 

Moore, who books shows at Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University and the Idaho Botanical Gardens’ summer concert series, will work within Knitting Factory's network of indie venues and promoters on both local and national tours. Last week the company announced it had signed booking agreements for Bill Reid's new venues, Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach and Criterion in Oklahoma City. Prior to launching CMoore Live, Moore was president of Knitting Factory Presents from 2007 to 2014.

In 2014 Moore launched Cmoore Live, a joint venture with Frank Productions in Madison, Wisconsin, that brought him into the same ownership group as Darin Lashinsky's NS2. (Moore got his start with Frank Productions as a talent buyer in 1995.) In January, Frank Productions owners Larry and Fred Frank announced they were selling their company to Live Nation, which included the company's holdings in NS2 and CMoore Live. 

"I'm confident in the relationships I have with venues and tours across the country and have some really exciting things ahead," he says. Moore has a history of promoting a wide variety of events in the region and nationally, including national tours with Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Dierks Bentley, as well as creating the Idaho Botanical Garden’s concert series and producing the 2013 Davis Cup quarterfinal round between Serbia and the US at Taco Bell Arena.  

KFE also has the Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington, and produces the Big Sky Brewing Company summer concert series and Travelers’ Rest festival in Missoula, Montana.


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