Mark Meyerson got his start with one of the biggest icons in the concert industry, legendary promoter Bill Graham.
“While I was still in school in San Francisco and assistant manager of a record store I got an offer to come do some ‘security’ for BGP and help the brand new Shoreline Amphitheatre as it opened. It all went downhill from there!” he joked with Amplify. Meyerson spent several years working alongside Graham and eventually moved to LA where he helped grow the House of Blues into a national brand.
Since then, he’s worked with Ticketmaster, Musictoday and CrowdTorch, which was acquired by Vendini last year. After three decades in the business, Meyerson said he’s still driven by his passion for music and the fact that “more people are going out to shows and having fun, getting their minds blown and making connections that may last the night, or a lifetime.”
Meyerson has seen hundreds of shows in his career, and so it only seemed appropriate that we ask the VP of Music and GM at Vendini to name his top five.
Grateful Dead shows at the Oakland Auditorium
1979 to 1981
After missing the “Closing of Winterland Ballroom” shows, I vowed to not let that happen again so the next year, with my wack pack of high school friends, I made it into all five Bay Area shows. At one point in the park outside the venue, I stumbled through a group of Hell’s Angels who stopped me and told me to get them beers and to ‘hang out for a while.’ I was so nervous but somehow made them laugh with me and they were my buds for the rest of the run. Inside the show, I fell through “Terrapin Station” and came out the other side a different person and a Deadhead for life.
Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl
March 30, 2010
As a life long Beatles fan (it started at five years old for me), some might think that my first Macca show would be the pick. But for me, it was here at the Bowl, with my wife Allison and my son Zander who had just turned six. It was a crazy experience to be with my son as we watched one of my all-time heroes. While we sang along for almost three hours, the music connected my memories of being six to the new memories I was making with my son. I welled up and cried too many times to count. It was such an unforgettable celebration of the power of music.
Jerry Garcia Band at The Stone, San Francisco
Oct. 4, 1986
This was Jerry’s first show after he had collapsed in a diabetic coma. The club was small and the ticket price had shot up to a solid $10, but we weren’t going to miss it for the world. I felt nervous that the effects of the coma would show and that this show might be a very sobering realization that this artist was no longer the Jerry we once knew. The venue didn’t have a backstage, so Jerry walked through the crowd and everyone patted him on the back and cheered him on. He stepped on stage, fiddled with his rig, grabbed a cigarette, turned and started to play. Within minutes we knew Jerry was back. The place exploded with joy, dancing and good old craziness. The second set opened with “Cats Under the Stars.” It was not just a good showing for a guy who had just recovered from a coma, but a mind-melting performance for the ages. I still listen to this show and get chills.
Talking Heads at the Greek Theater in Berkeley
Sept. 2, 1983
The crowd was an eclectic mix and at the start of the night, there was a tense energy. But this night, that crowd, that band and that venue turned out to be one of those nights at the Greek, with its high walls of fans surrounding the band feeding back so much energy. Where you swore that the entire concrete structure lifted off the ground. Smiles shot back and forth between strangers as people connected over something special that was happening. Hugs, hand shakes and hearty hugs were shared by neighbors just because they were next to each other for that special night, regardless of skinny tie or tie dye.
Phish at Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas
I have seen amazing shows in the last few years but I am going to add this one and keep it short. This was the night I knew that I would marry and spend my life with my wife Allison. And I was right. We got married a few years later and now we have two crazy boys and some mornings we all dance around the kitchen listening to a recording of that very show. Amazing.