Electric City Music Conference organizers announce new production company, first concert with Flint Eastwood
From a press release:
The organizers of the Electric City Music Conference, Joseph Caviston and Ken Norton, have formally announced plans to form a production company, Meat and Potato Productions. The new company will continue to produce the Electric City Music Conference and Steamtown Music Awards, but will expand into other events as well.
Founders hope to bring mid-level national talent to Scranton on semi-regular basis, making the city a frequent stop again on the touring circuit. However, they stress that they will work to bring in diverse bands and not oversaturate the market. They will also work to produce events that are not centered around music but may still feature live performances. The two also hope to offer services in entertainment scheduling, talent consulting, and entertainment marketing.
Caviston and Norton bring with them a combined 20+ years of music industry experience.
Norton has performed and toured with his bands Graces Downfall and Leash – A Tribute to Pearl Jam for years. Norton has grown Graces Downfall into one of the most sought-after local and regional bands, including multiple performances at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Caviston is the former owner of Burnt Carbon Productions, which promoted concerts at Fagan’s, Tink’s, Crocodile Rock Cafe, the Sherman Theater, and various other venues throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey from 2005-2008. He also spent time working with East Coast Independent Concerts, which allowed him to work with legendary music festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Bamboozle. Additionally, Caviston had a part in the music festivals Big Giant and the Extravaganza and Heart On Fest and served on the advisory board of the original Steamtown Original Music Showcase.
Caviston managed the band I.M. Legend, which toured nationally from 2005-2008, and booked tours for various Victory Records bands from 2007-2008. Locally, he was a co-owner of the music venue Eleanor Rigby’s in Jermyn from 2008-2010 and was responsible for bringing the majority of national talent to the venue. He relinquished his rights to Rigby’s in early 2011, and the venue renamed itself and closed the doors less than a year later. He worked for an Inc. 500 company in marketing for five years before accepting a position at a local college.
The company will bring Flint Eastwood, a Michigan-based indie rock band, to The Keys in Scranton on Saturday, Oct. 17. Flint Eastwood has played SXSW and will stop in Scranton on their way home from the CMJ Music Marathon festival in New York City. They will be supported by Bottle Rocket and Mock Sun, with one more local support band still to be announced.