Beyond the Spotlight

Beyond the Spotlight

The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.... Show More

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February 21, 2021 52 min

Many people have seen Marcia Ramirez performing on stage with artists such as Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Tanya Tucker.  Now people are discovering Marcia's own music as she's becoming an in-demand performer at many venues across the country, such as the world famous "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville, TN.  Marcia is a multi-instrumentalist, as well as one of Nashville's busiest session singers.  Ma...

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Lady A began her performance career as a back-up singer in a Motown Revue band during the 90's.  Her love of music, gospel background, Louisiana roots, and musical family always led her back to the blues and gospel music, mixed with flavors of soul and funk like a perfect jambalaya.  Known as "The Hardest Workin Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel"  continue reading and find out why...  

Voted Best Blues Performer of...

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Gabi Parra is a tour production specialist with over 15 years in the live event business. Having begun as venue staff, production runner, and stagehand for a wide array of artists such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, Blue Man Group, Lil Wayne, and Tom Petty, she would then go on touring life. 

For the past 10 years, she has served as the lead production coordinator for Earth, Wind & Fire. Parra also has experience working in the corpo...

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Sarina Larson is the Co-Founder of Merch Roadie. In pandemic times, she is focused on Digital-Tour Management work, a new approach to the music business for artists that she's hypothesized. She is from Sacramento, CA, and currently lives in Nashville, TN, frequenting Germany and the UK.  She has lived in Thailand, The Netherlands, and the USA. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and is currently applying t...

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Jim has spent three decades bringing celebrated talent to stages across the globe. Longtime Director of Touring for multi-platinum recording artists Linkin Park, he has shepherded productions for diverse and high-profile clients including Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Marilyn Manson, The Bolshoi Ballet, Phil Collins, and Bon Jovi.   

Jim’s is passionate about event safety, sharing professional knowledge, and driving positive ch...

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Ashley Lomax has 12+ years of singing and songwriting and 8+ years of VIP touring experience with such companies as Live Nation and On The List Presents. She has a deep love and passion for music, songwriting, and the arts in general. Ashley is one of the lucky ones who has figured out a way to incorporate the things that are actually a part of her skill set into her career and into her daily life.

Ashley has been involved o...

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Janine Diaz is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer whose passion for health & wellness led her to create The Tour Life Podcast & The #Thriving Podcast. Through health coaching and her podcasts, Janine strives to bring awareness to the importance of prioritizing mental, physical, and emotional health everywhere, and especially in the Music Industry.

After receiving her undergraduate degr...

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Jen Kellogg has spent over 25 adventurous years in the concert industry as a roadie, educator and entrepreneur.  Sometimes she’s one part of the large machine that gets a huge show on stage for an arena full of excited fans.  Other times she’s teaching the next generation of our industry so they can further their own careers.

She began road life in 2004 with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson in minor league baseball parks across America a...

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With over fifteen years of experience as a Tour Manager, Operations Manager, Event Manager, Producer, Consultant, and founder and principal of Accessible, LLC, Aaron Adams has excellently served personal and professional brands spanning various industries.

Having a particular passion for the many facets of entertainment, his work threads across a number of well-known brands including but not limited to R&B soul icon, Anita Baker...

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For the past 30 years, Jere Righter has been involved in almost every aspect of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan. A native of Adrian, Jere graduated from Siena Heights University with a degree in theater and speech communications. She subsequently served as Siena’s Vice President for Advancement and later was hired to raise funds for medical research at the University of Michigan. In 2009, Jere joined the Croswell staff...

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With over 35 years of global touring experience, David has worked on a multitude of tours throughout the world, with artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Chase Rice, Toni Braxton, John Fogerty, Prince, John Legend, and Toto. His roles have included Tour Director, Tour Manager and Production Manager, with specific skills in areas of tour accounting, budgets, show settlements, staffing, vendor allocation, routing assistance, travel c...

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October 7, 2020 9 min

THANKS FOR LISTENING!

Finally got a chance to record a quick update on recent happenings with the podcast! In this episode: a major milestone, a roundup of global listeners, and I ask for a couple favors from YOU, the listeners.
 
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September 15, 2020 56 min

As a singer, Bob Potsic has performed numerous operas, oratorios, and has sung on Grammy Award nominated albums. He is best known for his engaging performances, enhanced by his massive onstage persona. Specializing in musical theatre pit orchestras, Bob has performed with many theatre companies throughout the United States. He is sought after for his sensitivity to the score, and ability to play multiple styles. Bob regularly holds...

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Originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada, keyboardist Dave Cohen has spent the past 13 years in Nashville, garnering accolades that most musicians could only hope to achieve. Cohen first got his start touring with stand-out Canadian acts such as Johnny Reid and Amanda Marshall. After moving to the states and hitting the road to play for country icon Joe Nichols and hit-makers like Big & Rich and Wynonna, Cohen stepped away from ...

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After growing up in Northwest Ohio, Josh Keller studied Church Music at the University of Valley Forge, outside Philadelphia. As a student there, he also tutored other students in music theory. Since then, he’s been Music Assistant at Grand Rapids First, and is currently teaching voice and piano at The Piano Cottage Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives.

After getting involved in the community theater scene there, Josh h...

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Paul Klimson brings twenty highly-credited years of technical experience to the details of audio, staging, video, and lighting arrangement in the areas of television broadcasts, arena performances, international music festivals, and top-tier special events production. He designs, creates, and implements the technical foundation upon which the most resonating musical performances of the day exist.

What musicians - like Justin Timberl...

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Tobin Ost is an award winning, TONY nominated scenic and costume designer who has been has been working professionally in New York for close to 20 years.
His work on Broadway includes Disney's NEWSIES, BONNIE & CLYDE, JEKYLL AND HYDE, DISASTER! - ON BROADWAY, THE PHILANTHROPIST, and BROOKLYN - THE MUSICAL, several which generated multiple national tours as well as subsequent productions internationally.
Select Off-Broadway wo...

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Chris Shrom is a Nashville-based lighting designer and technician for live tours and corporate events. He grew up in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania where he got his start in production when his church connected him with Susquehanna Sound. In middle school and high school, he traveled with a band called Saline, and another, Heartbeat Productions. His family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio after his freshmen year, where he toured with a drama g...

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Emily and Cathy Stein have spent a decade working as dressers and wardrobe specialists in community theater and on national tours.

Emily Stein began doing theater in high school and hasn’t stopped since! She's done everything from running a light board to costume designing. Emily has not only been active in the West Michigan theater scene, but has also been on 3 national tours as the head of wardrobe and assistant wardrobe/head...

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Cherie B. Tay is a New York City based stage manager by way of Texas, Connecticut, Singapore, Pennsylvania, and San Diego. She’s built an impressive resume of shows - on and off-Broadway productions, national tours, as well as international productions. Currently, Cherie is the Assistant Stage Manager at the Tony Award® winning show HADESTOWN on Broadway.

Outside of the theater, Cherie has many other talents including photography, m...

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