Junk Drawer: Radio Stations, Country Music, and a New Exhibit

Life has been more hectic than I anticipated here in July and sometimes things happen in life that just do not require a full blog post all to themselves. Over the last two weeks my life has been primarily occupied with the PWFAA presentation of Earl Thomas Conley on the 4th of July.

This means that my work life has been occupied with calling radio stations, negotiating with agents, and culminated in being the bands personal chauffeur the night of the performance. It was a line of work that I never really saw myself taking up but I have to be honest in that I found it fascinating. A large part of this was the challenge in that I have very little experience in the tasks associated with producing a concert. A big lesson in all of this is that communication lies at the heart of most work. So long as you can communicate well any unknown information can be coaxed out of the more knowledgeable party. One task I undertook while preparing for this show was setting up ticket giveaways with local radio stations. Something I had no prior experience negotiating. But through some well chosen words and confidence I was able to get my first contact to walk me through the intricacies of the deal and the next handful of negotiations went swimmingly. 

Being relatable will carry you through most situations. As I said I was the bands driver between the venue and the hotel throughout the evening. The simple fact that my car had Illinois plates was enough to strike up a conversation. It was an easy segway into a conversation. The band hailing primarily from the midwest we had a fair amount in common. One of the guitar players was from southern Illinois and was perhaps the first person I have met in my journeys who knew where Peoria was when I mentioned it with out much explanation. The conversation was good and it was interesting to hear stories from a group of musicians who varied in their experience and history touring with this particular group.

Though most of my time over the last few weeks was occupied with work and preparation for this concert I was fortunate enough to be included in the C.I.A.O.’s Annex Exhibition for the Riverfront Museum Juried Exhibition. It was a small disappointment to not be chosen for the Museum show but I am more than happy with the inclusion in this annex exhibition. The simple fact that the powers that be worked to offer this secondary opportunity is a testament to the arts community in Peoria and its dedication to the success of the members of that community. I am excited to show at the Prairie Center again and even more excited to show alongside some good friends and people that I have revered as inspirations and mentors for the last 6 years.

I am still waiting for some information regarding my future employment but I am hopeful for positive results no matter what comes of the next few weeks. Regardless I will make the best of the situation that presents itself. It is refreshing to know that I am looking at a positive light, but with any luck I will have some exciting news before my next post. Until then, Stay Classy.

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About Damon

Damon G. Taylor is an emerging artist and printmaker. Originally from Fairview, Illinois, Damon received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Damon currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona where he works as the Program Coordinator for the Flagstaff Cultural Partners. Damon has plans to enter Graduate school in the Fall of 2014.
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