Sweet home Alabama for Emporium Presents
Independent US promoter Emporium Presents has hired former Huka talent buyer Todd Coder to head up a new operation in Birmingham, Alabama.
Emporium – formed last June by the merger of Jason Zink’s Sherpa Concerts and Dan Steinberg’s Square Peg Concerts – also has offices in Nashville, Denver and Seattle.
Coder, the in-house talent buyer for Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre (750-cap.), theWorkPlay Theatre (450-cap.) and Soundstage (800-cap.) and the outdoor stage at the Avondale Brewing Company (200-cap.), worked for New Orleans-headquartered promoter Huka Entertainment from June 2015 to September 2016.
“Professionally and personally, I can’t think of a better fit, and I am beyond excited to get to work”
“I’ve been a fan of Dan and Jason’s for quite some time,” he says. “Professionally and personally, I can’t think of a better fit, and I am beyond excited to get to work. Timing is everything in this business, and the timing here could not be better.”
Steinberg adds: “We’ve known Todd for years and have always thought he was super knowledgeable about this crazy industry, and he is a hell of a guy to sip some bourbon with. I’m pumped to get to do that with him as part of the Emporium team.”
At the time of writing, Emporium’s upcoming Alabama shows include The Black Jacket Symphony performing Prince’s Purple Rain at the Mobile, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa.