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Friday, November 18 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Entertainment Association Panel & Discussion

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In describing his efforts to defend our industry over the last year, Michael T Strickland described it this way: “the airlines, the restaurants, the gyms all showed up in a Battleship. Our industry showed up in hundreds of canoes.” It is clear - we need a Battleship. The Entertainment Association is a new political action committee that will represent the entire entertainment industry; touring, television, corporate, trade shows, theatre, meta experiences and anyone in the business of creating entertainment. Like the airlines, we’ll combine our version of the pilots, baggage handlers, gate agents, airlines, airports, and traffic controllers into a single, powerful, united voice in the sea of noise that is Washington DC. Our gathering at LDI will be a chance to have a wide discussion of where we’ve come from, where we can go, and why this is desperately needed. For those who think, ‘why now, the pandemic is behind us’? What is the next threat to our industry that could shut it down completely in less than 48 hours? “That can’t happen again”… did you see the last one coming? Join us as Bandit Lites’ chair, Michael T Strickland and a host of panelists from all experiences in this journey take a look at what comes next.

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Nathan Alves

Partner, Darkroom Creative
NATHAN ALVES is a live event producer, concert designer, and technologist. He has filled various roles in the touring industry for a myriad of touring clients. As a founding partner at DARKROOM CREATIVE along with Seth Jackson, since 2019 he has collaborated and led tours for TOBY... Read More →
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Seth Jackson

Partner, Darkroom Creative
Seth Jackson has twice been awarded the Parnelli International Touring Award as Set Designer of the Year, the Redden Award of Excellence for his work on Star Wars in Concert, and is author of Concert Design. He was the creative director and designer for two Selena Gomez tours... Read More →

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Marcel Fairbairn

Founder/CEO, Gear Source
I started as a musician in my teens, and travelled with several bands. When I (quickly) realized that wasn't going to get me rich, I honed my selling skills in music retail - selling guitars, drums, sound systems, etc. That transitioned me to the lighting biz, where I ended up with... Read More →
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Marty Hom

Tour Manager
Marty Hom is a 40 year concert touring veteran who has worked with Barbra Streisand, Shakira, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, The Eagles, Alicia Keys, Shania Twain, and Janet Jackson. He has been with Fleetwood Mac for 21 years, most of those years as tour manager
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Robin Shaw

Co-Founder, Upstaging, Inc
Robin Shaw is a co-founder of Upstaging, Inc., which provides stage lighting, video, set construction event management and trucking services to the live event and touring industry. Robin is an innovator in the industry and her company’s clients are truly the who’s who of the music... Read More →
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Michael T. Strickland

Chair, Bandit Lites
Michael T. Strickland started Bandit Lites in 1968. The company grew into a global leader. Along the way he founded and owned Thomas Engineering US, Tomcat Engineering, US Avolites US, Best Techs, Gear Park, Authentic Stars, Vol Air, BPH and GRNLite. He also acquired Lights Up... Read More →

Friday November 18, 2022 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge
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