Veteran Talent Buyer Dave Poe and Ineffable Music Launch Joint Venture Patchwork Presents

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Veteran talent buyer Dave Poe and Oakland-based music group Ineffable Music have partnered for a new joint venture called Patchwork Presents to book and promote shows across the country. 

Patchwork Presents will be led by Poe and has already entered into a deal to oversee talent buying duties for The Criterion in Oklahoma City, a state of the art 3,500-capacity venue. The new company will serve as in-house talent buyer for the venue that has seen appearances from Maren Morris, Hozier, Lana Del Ray, Chelsea Handler and many more.

Patchwork will also book the 1,000-capacity Tower Theatre and 500 capacity Beer City Music Hall in Oklahoma City. Current Tower Theatre talent buyer Chad Whitehead will retain his position, while Shelley Rowan will handle marketing director duties for Patchwork.

“These are our flagship venues right now,” Poe tells Billboard. “We are going to be expanding into other markets around the country that will follow the same model of having local teams on the ground who can market and handle operations.”

Poe has worked with the Oklahoma City venues for years and has held various positions throughout the live music industry. He began his career as an agent at The Agency Group before becoming a talent buyer for Nederlander Concerts in 2012. Later he moved to Knitting Factory, serving as VP of business sevelopment and senior talent buyer, specializing in developing new markets for independent venues and events.

“This company is something I've been looking forward to my whole career. It's just a natural progression of where I was,” says Poe, who adds that he has worked with Ineffable Music founder and president Thomas Cussins for years. “Their model has been about artists first and cutting out the middleman. I feel like partnering with a forward-thinking company like that that has their hands in all parts of the industry, we will be uniquely positioned to be the booking process from every angle possible and continue innovating ahead of industry trends.”

Ineffable puts on more than 2,000 shows a year and also owns and produces major festivals such as California Roots Music and Arts Festival and Levitate Music Festival. The music group also books several venues in California including The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Cornerstone in Berkeley, The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, and The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo. Ineffable is also a full-service artist management company.

In an era of consolidation in the music industry, Poe says “You're going to see is a lot of venues and events that want an independent option and I think that we bring that to the table. We have a wealth of experience and we are going to be doing owners and events a lot of service.”

Poe adds that the name Patchwork comes from the new company’s desire to take a national approach to working with independent venues across the country.

“We want to help bring individual facilities into our company and make sure that they not only succeed, but thrive and I think we can connect that. With the name Patchwork, we are putting things together to make them whole,” says Poe.

Patchwork is in the process of expanding its roster of venues and plans to enter new territories to work with local and major promoters across the country. The company currently has employees in California, New York and Oklahoma City.


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