Being a Tour Manager is much like being an adult baby-sitter, camp counselor, cafeteria monitor, best friend, bartender motivational speaker and so much more! We’ve brought some of the best in the business to talk about everything tour manager related – We’ll discuss not only what it’s like to be in that role, but what they look for in a crew, what they expect of their compadres that work with them; from their attitudes to their work ethic, how to be a rock-star on the road and probably a few ways to not get fired. Listen up because a tour manager is a very important person to have like you and respect you!
Speakers: Jordan Powell (Jennifer Nettles, Ben Rector), Jim Runge (Black Keys), Dan Wise (Hunter Hayes)
Jordan Powell has spent almost twenty years in the music business as a tour manager and manager. In that period, he has worked with artists such as Jewel, Jennifer Nettles, Ben Rector, Pistol Annies, Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert. He has managed over 75 live TV performances including The Grammys, The NHL All-Star Game, The Kennedy Center Honors and Super Bowl XLVL.
Jim Runge is a Tour Manager based in Nashville, TN. Wisconsin-born, he started off in Minneapolis as a Lighting Tech. In his career spanning over twenty years, Jim has worked with and managed artists from all genres, including The Black Keys, Jeff Tweedy, Wilco, The Replacements, Eels, Alice in Chains, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo and many more. Jim has been recognized in his field as “Road Warrior of the Year” and has won several other accolades. He is currently on world tour with Major Lazer as their tour director and with Empire of the Sun as their tour manager.