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John Davis, 1988 Entertainment


John Davis began his career in music by sneaking into a Misfits concert at age 14. Not wanting to miss his favorite band and low on cash, Davis was caught by Jerry Only, who “punished” him by making him work the merchandise booth at the show. By the end of the night, Davis was hooked to the allure of the independent music scene. Jerry Only left him with a promise that when he turned 18, he had a job with them. The story could have ended there, with a great story about a kid’s favorite band throwing him a bone. Rather than let a simple anecdote become his legacy, Davis went on to form Red Light Productions, a booking, and management firm out of Bend, Oregon. Davis is unique in that he has spent much of his time not only cultivating 1988 Entertainment but touring the world with various acts having been to 38 states and 2 countries as a touring musician and being an endorsed artist by Orange Amps. He has a deep understanding of what artists are looking for both on the road and off the road, what it takes to book a successful tour or just a hometown show, ultimately because Davis has lived on both sides of the van. He has a passion for working closely with clients, pushing them to reach their full potential while learning from the pros he has had the privilege of working with, artists Bassnectar, Fallstar, Capture The Flag,  Active Sun, Sleepy, and Cait Ford from The Voice & American Idol. In addition 1988 Entertainment handles venue management, booking, and concert promotion working with, artists including Greensky Bluegrass Band, Infamous String Dusters, Whiskey Meyers, Jimmy Eat World, Peekaboo, Champagne Drip, The Game, Tommie Sunshine, Mike Watt and the Minutemen, Sage The Gemini, RiFFRAFF, Common Kings, James McMurtry, Rhiannon Giddens, T.I., Mickey Avalon, Carnifex, Trapt, Alien Ant Farm, Built To Spill, Eve 6, Andrew WK, Dieselboy, Downlink, Keith Anderson, Jim Adkins ( Of Jimmy Eat World), Warren G, Everlast, Chelsea Grin, Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, As I Lay Dying, The Frights, Zander Schloss, Built To Spill, Ying Yang Twins, Bilal, David Ryan Harris, Gabe Dixon, The Game, Gift Of Gab, D.O.A., Strung Out, Unwritten Law, Dodge & Fuski, Moosh & Twist, Lemolo, 68, Together Pangea, Mega Ran, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, SWMRS, Davis also hones his skills as a commercial songwriter and producer, nominated as one of the Top 13 commercial music producers in Oregon from Thumbtack.com. Like any good entrepreneur, Davis has his hand in a little bit of everything in the music industry, learning each trade in the hopes that he can best serve his potential clients, no matter what their needs.

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