HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE BRINGING 100 INNER CITY KIDS TO PHILLY
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Philadelphia Flyers are bringing more than 100 inner-city students, coaches, and directors to Philly to celebrate the National Hockey League’s Hockey Is For Everyone month. The weekend event titled Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend will occur from Feb. 16-18 and honor keynote speaker O’Ree who broke the color barrier in the NHL in 1958. Events will occur at the National Liberty Museum, the National Constitution Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of ’23 Arena, and the Scanlon Ice Rink. A large portion of the weekend will focus on the NHL’s Declaration of Principles, which includes Acceptance, Courage, Perseverance, Respect, Humility, Passion, Integrity, and Teamwork.
‘TICKET MASTERS’ CO-AUTHOR JOSH BARON JOINS ALOOMPA
Aloompa, an industry-leading behavioral data and event utility software and innovation company, has hired Josh Baron as their new Senior Director of Business Development for Artists and Brands. Baron will spearhead Aloompa’s TourApp which produces cost-effective event engagements through in-venue notifications and more. Baron previously helped lead business development for Songkick and is the co-author of Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped.
KENDRICK LAMAR DENIES CELL PHONE BAN ON 2018 TOUR
Reps for rapper Kendrick Lamar are denying a recent Guardian report that cell phones are being banned from his 2018 European tour. Billboard reached out to Lamar representatives and learned that Lamar is not using a similar strategy deployed by Dave Chappelle and Jack White, saying the Guardian piece “isn’t true,” and that fans can continue to use their phones while at Lamar’s concerts.