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Live Nation And Jacobs Investments Ink Booking Deal

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live Nation and Jacobs Investments Management Company Inc., owner and operator of the Nautica Entertainment Complex, have announced an exclusive booking agreement to be the official concert promoter for the Scene Pavilion.

The venue opened its doors in 1987 under the name of Nautica Stage with a performance by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Belkin Productions remained the exclusive concert promoter at the venue for 13 seasons. Belkin Productions, the former local promoter brand has been renamed under the Live Nation banner effective January 9, 2006.

In addition to booking concerts at Scene Pavilion, Live Nation has signed a long-term agreement with Forest City Enterprises, owners of Tower City Amphitheater, and will now be responsible for managing both concert venues. The Tops Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival, Tops KidsFest and Bigelow Chevrolet Taste of Cleveland will remain part of the Tower City Amphitheater summer schedule. Downtown Cleveland is one the few markets in the country that has two boutique amphitheaters for concert aficionados to enjoy live entertainment.

“Live Nation is thrilled with this new arrangement,” said President Michael Belkin. “We expect 2006 to be a busy year in the touring industry, and with our booking expertise both Tower City Amphitheater and Scene Pavilion will be at the forefront of this activity. Concert attendees and sponsors will enjoy a tremendous array of entertainment opportunities at these two fabulous venues. Live Nation is committed to being part of the excitement taking place in downtown Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.”

“Nautica has long been the home of great entertainment,” said Jacobs Executive Vice-President Pat McKinley. “We look forward to the return of Belkin and Live Nation and a great concert season in 2006,” he added.

In addition to booking both Scene Pavilion and Tower City Amphitheater, Live Nation will also be responsible for accompanying duties including the advertising and promotions of concerts and festivals, the selling of VIP box and premium seats and implementation of corporate sponsorship sales.