Throughout a summer concert season that clearly has been one of the toughest it's ever faced, the Chicago office of giant national concert promoters Live Nation has flooded the market with a flurry of discounted promotional offers designed to put butts in the seats at its outdoor venues in Tinley Park and East Troy, Wisc., and on Northerly Island. These have ranged from "no-ticket-fee Wednesdays," a rather noble effort (if ironic, considering the pending merger with Ticketmaster) to "free lawn seats with the purchase of a $5 foot-long subway," a rather ridiculous offering.
Now, Live Nation is taking its act inside--to the House of Blues, the only indoor venue it owns in this area. "For a limited time only," music lovers who buy something called "The Live Nation Club Passport" for $49.99 through www.livenation.com can see any and every show at the House of Blues, providing the gig is not already sold-out.
Upcoming shows that qualify include Hanson, Mason Jennings, Saving Abel, Foreigner, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Badfish, Cavo, Shwayze, Enanitos Verdes, Children of Bodom, Ghostface Killah, Yonder Mountain String Band, Skinny Puppy, Keb'Mo', Stryper, Revolting Cocks, Bassnectar, Relient K, Honor Society and Rakim. (And I have to admit, the idea of overlap between the Hanson, Skinny Puppy and Rakim crowds truly is amusing.)
More details in the press release, which follows the jump.
Here's all the details on the House of Blues promotion, from the Live Nation press release:
LOS ANGELES - September 17, 2009 - For a limited time only, concert fans can buy The Live Nation Club Passport for $49.99, All-In and No Fees, and see every show at Live Nation clubs in their city for the rest of the year, subject to availability. If you're a Live Nation Club Passport holder, and the show's not sold-out, you're in! The Live Nation Club Passport is available only at www.livenation.com.
Here's how it works. Beginning today concert fans go to LiveNation.com and purchase a Club Passport. A list of participating shows will be immediately available. Every Monday thereafter, Passport holders log on to LiveNation.com/Passport or follow LiveNation on Facebook or Twitter to see the list of participating club shows in their city and to reserve their ticket. From here, Club Passport holders just bring their Live Nation Club Passport number and photo I.D. to the club's box office and get right in, no extra charges, no hassles.
"This summer we helped concert fans save more than $14 million on nearly 800,000 tickets to shows in our amphitheaters through our weekly 'No Service Fee' offers," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "Since then, I've heard from fans and artists alike saying they'd like us to make it just as easy and affordable to discover new artists in our clubs. With The Live Nation Club Passport we're doing just that, helping fans discover up-and-coming artists, and helping those bands build new audiences."
The Live Nation Club Passport is valid in Chicago for House of Blues! Participating shows* include: Hanson, Mason Jennings, Saving Abel, Foreigner, Mavis Staples & The Blind Boys of Alabama, Badfish, Cavo, Shwayze, Enanitos Verdes, Children of Bodom, Ghostface Killah, Yonder Mountain String Band, Skinny Puppy, Keb'Mo', Stryper, Revolting Cocks, Bassnectar, Relient K, Honor Society, Rakim and many more!
*Participating shows and venues. Based on availability. Parking not included. Cannot be combined with other offers. The Live Nation Club Passport is good for one person only and does not guarantee entry. Visit LiveNation.com for complete program details.