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Digital Innovation: Dexter Upshaw at TEDxBroadway (Video)

Here's another TEDxBroadway 2014 talk: Dexter Upshaw, digital media manager for Harlem's Apollo Theater, shares his thoughts about digital innovation, keeping audiences connected and where we’re going next.

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Follow Jim at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week

Tomorrow, Jim will be giving a fireside chat, titled "Bringing Real World Entertainment to Mobile," at the CTIA’s Super Mobility Week conference in Las Vegas. In preparation for his talk, last week he posted Why Do Mobile? Three Good Reasons, covering why, in general, anybody should invest in mobile technology to serve their customers.Super Mobility Week -- North America's largest forum for the leading authorities on the connected life -- is already underway.Follow Jim at @goldstarjim for his...

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Why Do Mobile? Three Good Reasons

Next week, I’m going to be on a panel at the CTIA’s Super Mobility Week conference in Las Vegas. (I know … it’s tough duty.)The #SuperMobility panel is called the State of Mobile Entertainment. It's a broad topic, but it’s got me thinking about why, in general, anybody should invest in mobile technology to serve their customers.I have three big answers. One may be enough, but you may want to mix and match all of them.The first is functional...

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The Future of Opera Looks Like This

Recently, we highlighted Backstage.com's list of seven theater companies doing immersive theater right, performing in abandoned schools, factories, hotels, even taxi cabs.This week, we have some refreshing news from the world of opera: The Huffington Post named 14 artists transforming the future of opera. From San Francisco-based "electrodiva" Pamela Z (No. 1) to Texas-based guerrilla performance artist and filmmaker Lisa E. Harris (No. 14), these avant-garde artists are adding excitement, and drawing new fans, to the genre.

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Build a Venue … and Throw in an Ecosystem, Too

The government of Qatar and its developers are building an 86,000-seat soccer stadium to host the final game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to a CNN Tech article. And that's not all. They're building an entire city, called Lusail, on a 28-square-mile strip along the Persian Gulf.If the World Cup actually lands in Qatar, despite activists pressuring FIFA to find another location, it'll be the first Arab country to host the World Cup. If not, well, Qatar...

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Dump Disrupt, Think Build

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how, despite the fashion for tech businesses to talk about “disrupting” their industries, that’s never made sense to me. I’ve always felt that our role at Goldstar was to grow, support and improve our industry of live entertainment and the arts.My ears perked up, then, when I saw the coverage that a Brookings Institute paper received about how American businesses are getting older and older, including this write-up by Ben Casselman...

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Festival Bubble? How Not to Be a Victim

Joe Kennedy (President Kennedy’s father) made a fortune during the depression, and he claimed that he avoided the stock market crash of 1929 with the help of his shoeshine boy. Had the shoeshine boy learned some inside scoop from one of his high-powered clients that things were about to go sour in the market? No, quite the opposite. His shoeshine boy, financial wizard that he was, had a stock tip for him: a sure winner. That, Kennedy always claimed,...

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Mobile: The Time Is … Two or Three Years Ago!

A few months ago, I did a little tour of the websites of very well-known, well-funded arts and live entertainment organizations. The point of my little tour was to find out how a representative slice of the amply funded part of the business was handling the transition to mobile use among competitors. The result, as you can read, was so-so. About half of the sites were just the regular old websites, which the user's expected to pinch down to...

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If You’re Still Not Willing to Get Serious About Getting Outside the Four Walls of Your Venue

The old-fashioned mindset of “protecting” the live experience by making it as unavailable to anybody not present in the building at the time of the event doesn’t work. What it does is prevent people from being able to participate, which prevents them from caring, which prevents them from being a fan or supporter.This isn’t a theory. The sports guys know this. Imagine a world where you could only see an NBA game live. It’s been demonstrated by the National...

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A Cultural Force That’s Bigger Than You Think, Revisited

Back in January on Selling Out, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy stated, "The evolution and maturity of EDM (electronic dance music) as a cultural force is going to have a big impact on the world of the near future."Now, Alexis Petridis covers Las Vegas' gamble with dance music in The Guardian.Here are a few interesting excerpts from his article: "If you were looking for evidence of how EDM has taken over America, and Las Vegas in particular, you wouldn't necessarily need...

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