Apr 25, 2022 - News

Jam Productions plots future with new national partnership

People form a line outside Chicago's Vic Theatre.

Jam Productions owns Chicago venues including the Vic Theatre. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Chicago's Jam Productions is celebrating 50 years of being an independent live concert company — but a new partnership may change the way the company tackles the next 50.

Why it matters: Jam is teaming up with the national live music network SaveLive, created in 2020 by Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger to bail out promoters and venues that struggled during the pandemic.

  • "It has been obvious that for Jam’s business to grow, it needed to be part of a network," owner Jerry Mickelson said in a press release.

Context: Jam is one of the largest independent live entertainment producers in the country. They own several venues, including Park West and the Vic.

  • "For the past two decades, Jam has been fighting a lonely battle against the corporate monopoly of Live Nation/Ticketmaster, the most destructive force in the music industry," music journalist and co-host of "Sound Opinions" Jim DeRogatis tells Axios.
  • "Will being part of a competing national network be an improvement? That remains to be seen."

💭 Justin's thought bubble: The pandemic stretched so many independent venues to the brink of closure. It's nice to see Jam get some support. I just hope it continues to keep Chicago's indie spirit alive. And that ticket prices don't go up.


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