The Moody Blues in partnership with AEG Live and The Venetian Las Vegas hosted “Jobs in Music,” a special educational event, on Tuesday, October 11. Students from JD Smith Middle School in North Las Vegas were welcomed to The Venetian Theatre and given the opportunity to learn about the diversity of careers in music. Speakers from AEG Live, The Venetian, and the production team behind “The Moody Blues: Nights in Las Vegas,” were among the presenters.
Upon arrival, students were given a rare backstage tour before being welcomed to the theater by specialists in sound and lighting, box office management, and operations, who talked about the wide-range of jobs that go in to creating a spectacular production. Among the presenters were Assistant Director of Audio Visual Services Tyrone Kelley, Theatre Technical Operations Manager Scott Tabura, and Box Office Manager Ellen Szorady-Childs.
AEG Live Senior Vice President John Nelson fielded questions from students about the variety of rewarding jobs in production and promotion, including booking, marketing, artist management, and more.
Students met with The Moody Blues Tour Director Mark Hogue, Production Coordinator Karen Colvin, and Head Guitar Technician Chris Tropea, who shared their stories about breaking into the music industry and answered questions from those looking to do the same.
The Moody Blues – Justin Hayward (lead guitar, vocals), John Lodge (bass guitar, vocals) and Graeme Edge (drums) – appeared on stage for a special Q&A with the attending students. Highlights from the session include:
- Student: “Who are your favorite musicians?”
- John Lodge: “The ones I listened to growing up. The music that you listen to now will be with you for the rest of your life.”
- Student: “How do you start a band?”
- Graeme Edge: “Come together with friends who play instruments and you’ll start meeting other people who play instruments. Before you know it, you’re in a band.”
- Student: “How do you pursue a career in music?”
- Justin Hayward: “Follow your heart. If music is what you want to do, you have to pursue it and keep pursuing it.”
The Moody Blues have been at the forefront of the classic rock music scene since the ’60s with their multi-Platinum, Platinum, and Gold albums and singles hitting Billboard at #1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20 and Top 40. Their illustrious roster of hits includes: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and many more.
Donations to benefit Communities In Schools are encouraged at all performances of “The Moody Blues: Nights in Las Vegas.” The show features an exclusive set list that pays tribute to their decades-long career as one of the most successful and influential rock and roll bands in history.
The Moody Blues will perform three more shows of this limited engagement including a sold-out show on October 12, with additional performances October 14 and 15. Tickets start at $59.50 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, online at venetian.com or by calling (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469.
About The Venetian® Las Vegas
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and The Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. For more information, visit venetian.com
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About AEG Live
AEG Live is one of the largest live music companies in the world. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Live operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produce or support over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; and owns, manages or books more than 60 clubs and theaters. AEG Live presents more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Live, Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. For more information visit www.aeglive.com
About CIS of Nevada
Communities In Schools of Nevada is the local affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Working with both schools and the surrounding community, Communities In Schools of Nevada does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life. Based directly inside schools, Communities In Schools of Nevada connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.
Operating in 59 school sites in Southern Nevada, Western Nevada and Northeastern Nevada, Communities In Schools of Nevada serves over 58,000 students. Nationally, Communities In Schools provides services in more than 2,200 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia, serving 1.3 million young people and their families every year. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is the only program proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates. For more information, please see our website http://www.cisnevada.org