Get to Know TEDxBroadway 2015 Speaker … Kevin Lyman

134f71a9-5697-43ce-8fe8-709849517382Before we once again ask, “What Is the Best Broadway Can Be?” on Monday, February 23, 2015 at New World Stages, we’re asking our TEDxBroadway 2015 speakers to tell us a little more about themselves.

29bde003-54d8-4fcd-b021-974ecba79170Kevin is best known as the producer and creator of the extremely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest-running traveling music festival in North America today. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the tour has played to over nine million fans. Kevin has founded many other successful tours, including the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and Taste Of Chaos Tour.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kevin established the Unite The United Foundation to encourage fans, artists and industry leaders to come together through charitable contributions, events and volunteer efforts in order to work toward a positive change. He has established creative partnerships with brands such as Vans, Journeys, Ernie Ball, and Monster Energy Drink. In 2011, he was an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund, and he received the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year in 2009. Recently, he launched The Entertainment Institute to revolutionize music business education.

Where are you originally from?
Claremont, Calif.

If you could time-travel to witness any event in history, what would it be?
The dismantling of the Berlin Wall … almost caught it.

Do you have a favorite Broadway memory?
Stumbling into Rock of Ages … buying a last minute ticket … reading the Playbill and realizing I knew everyone behind the show, and then having a beer while reliving my early days in the music biz.

Have you got a skill or talent that most people might not know about?
Cooking, however, I think I have fed about half the music industry at my house at one point or another!

If you had a motto, what would it be?
Keep your expectations manageable and raise the bar slowly.

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