JPJ named best new venue
As if more evidence were needed that Charlottesville has quickly become a live music hub, the John Paul Jones Arena has been named "Best new major concert venue" by industry publication Pollstar. Beating out the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York, JPJ– through its general manager, Larry Wilson, accepted the award at a ceremony in L.A. last Thursday.
The other local nominee for a Pollstar award, Dave Matthews Band manager Coran Capshaw, in the personal manager category, fell to Bob McLynn, who guides altie bands Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco.
The other winner of some (slight) local note is Dale "Opie" Skjerseth, the road manager for the Rolling Stones on their record-breaking "A Bigger Bang" tour. Pollstar named Skjerseth best "road warrior" for overseeing the globe-spanning events including the mammoth set construction and performance at Scott Stadium in October, 2005.