PHILADELPHIA (CelebrityAccess) – Bryan Dilworth, a longtime Philadelphia music promoter, has passed away suddenly at the age of 51.
His death was confirmed by his wife Kristin Thomson, who said he died at home Sunday (March 8) of a pulmonary embolism.
Dilworth was widely respected throughout the Philly music community. Known for his larger-than-life presence, his generosity and above all else his impassioned approach to music promotion, he helped to shape and support the city’s live scene for upwards of three decades.
He was co-owner of Bonfire, an independent Philadelphia concert company, as well as a vice president of AEG Presents’ Philadelphia office at the time of his death.
Dilworth is survived by his wife Kristen and 17-year-old son Riley. Funeral services will be private. A public memorial celebration is expected to take place this summer.
“Bryan was the calm in a tumultuous storm known as the music industry. Regardless of the chaos, he kept calm, dealt with the pressures and executed his thoughts and beliefs in a way that was almost hypnotic. He gave his heart and soul to the idea that music was to be heard, experienced and to offer a place to escape. He was never the guy that was yelling in your face but the one who took you aside, explained the situation, and offered guidance to where you thought things will be alright. Even as he was invited to the corporate world of promoters, he stayed an independent, never relinquishing his ability to create and to find the next best thing,” said longtime Philadelphia concert promoter Drew Pompilio.
“Philadelphia has always been a cut-throat, take or leave it, kind of place for this industry. It needed people like Bryan to calm the seas,” he added.