(CelebrityAccess News Service) — Steve Weitzman has joined Knitting Factory Entertainment as a senior talent buyer. He booked and promoted concerts at New York City's Tramps, which had an intelligent and eclectic mix of new and established talent, from 1989 to its closing in 1999. Subsequently, Weitzman brought his talents to the Village Underground and Warsaw.
Weitzman will create booking strategies and bring bands to The Knitting Factory Clubs in both New York and Hollywood. "Steve is a New York music scene legend with a reputation for integrity and commitment to his artists" says Jared Hoffman, Knitting Factory president, "We are thrilled to be able to bring his experience and creativity to the Knitting Factory."
"I have always been a fan and friend of the Knitting Factory," says Weitzman "It will be exciting to have the opportunity to work on a national basis and with such a prestigious organization."
Prior to transitioning into promoting, Weitzman had a 15 year career as a music journalist and photographer writing regularly for many publications including Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Creem, Circus and Sports Illustrated.. As SW Productions, Weitzman, has also produced and promoted numerous shows at the Beacon Theater, Town Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Central Park Summerstage.
"We expect Steve will help us deepen our relationships with the artists we launch, helping us to grow with them into larger venues" adds Hoffman.
Weitzman will be joining a booking team that includes, in New York, Yalan Papillon (formerly of DC's Black Cat), Paolo Suarez, and Shayni Rae (from Orlando's Sapphire Supper Club), and in Los Angeles, Leah DiBonaventura (formerly of the Whisky-A-Go-Go) and Brian Smith. The Knitting Factory in New York features a 400 person MainSpace, the new 200 person Tap Bar, and the 100 capacity Old Office. The Hollywood venue features a 550 person MainStage, a 300 person Front Room, and 100 capacity Alterknit Theater. Both facilities are outfitted with state-of-the-art A/V, recording and broadcast capabilities. –Jane Cohen and Bob Gossweiner