Breaking News: Peter Ore joins the Soda Jerk Presents team

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Just received some pretty major news on the concert promotions front: Peter Ore (pictured right), former Vice President of Booking for Live Nation, has joined the Soda Jerk Presents family.

"Working with Peter is going to be a huge step as we continue to grow the company," says Soda Jerk honcho Mike Barsch in a statement just released. "He and I were fierce competitors for many years. Now we're on the same team, and we intend to take Soda Jerk to the next level.

"Peter and I both agree that we want to create a formidable independent concert promotion company," he continues, "and we know we have the tools and relationships to make this happen. This is a new chapter in the growth for the company and I am very excited for what the future will bring."

"I couldn't be more thrilled," adds Ore. "While I enjoyed the experience and knowledge I gained while working for Live Nation, I have always been an independent at heart and am excited to be able to do things the way Mike and I want them done. The freedom to do the shows we want and how we want will be a very welcome change. Mike has been doing great business on his own for years. I look forward to joining forces with him and see how far we can take this."

Yeah, like we said, this is pretty major news. Since founding Soda Jerk Presents in 2000, Barsch and company have emerged as the area's strongest independent promoter, putting on countless shows across the Front Range at its own venues -- the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, the Marquis Theater on 20th and Larimer and the Summit Music Hall on 19th and Blake in LoDo -- and that's not including the shows Barsch promoted in the early days in Boulder Tulagi's and at the now-defunct Rock Island in LoDo.

Ore, as you probably remember, is a major player in his own right, having first made his name with Nobody In Particular Presents -- the area's biggest independent promoter at one time -- from the mid '90s to the middle part of this past decade, before moving on to Live Nation in 2006. A veritable giant in the promotions business, Ore later moved on to Las Vegas, where he was most recently held the position of VP of Booking for Live Nation.

This is a pretty big deal. Not to put too fine a point on it, but let's just say the addition of Ore to Soda Jerk as a talent buyer is a major coup for Barsch and company, on par with an NFL team acquiring a franchise quarterback or an NBA squad adding a marquee player to the team. Expect some serious competition from this crew.

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9 comments
Rabbitinabox
Rabbitinabox

Peter Ore is a scumbag, always has been always will be. No real booking talent what so ever. I have to say, Mike I think you are making a big mistake here. Without the backing of Live Nation or NIPP Ore isn't shit. He comes off as an arrogant know it all, when in fact the guy is about as good at booking bands as Dave Herrera is at writing. Seriously I think this little partnership can only hurt Mike and Co. Why fix something that isn't broken? MIke on the other hand is an amazing, He puts the talent in "talent buyer" I guess we will just have to wait and see. Good luck either way.

food
food

breaking news eh? pretty boring if you ask me. i can tell that writers in DENVER have quit going to shows. you cannot really cover entertainment unless you leave the safety of your desk. if this is all there is to write about, then this is still truly either a boring town or the westword is really just an ad magazine...

Fuckyou
Fuckyou

DenverScener is a writer for the westword whose job it is to write negative comments about everything. In order to spice up the comment section. It's an old newspaper trick.

DenverScener
DenverScener

Soda Jerk's venues need better sound quality and Peter Ore needs to get rid of those loop earrings!

Slojuggalo
Slojuggalo

Hahahahaha to true of a statement

your mother
your mother

If you are asking where Denver is geographically, you are a complete fucking moron. If you are being facetious, its not working and you should really work on that whole sense of humor thing, The sad part is that you read this article, which makes you about as pathetic as you are claiming Denver to be. I have to wonder why someone who has no clue where Denver "is" would be on on this blog. Did you magically stumble upon it while searching for your favorite boy on boy porn? What a stupid comment. I am already regretting the fact that I responded. Fuck Face. Go Denver!

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