Concert Honors, Benefits Firefighters
January 16 was a day to honor and help the Pine Creek, Montana firefighters through the Livingston Town Proper Benefit Concert in Livingston, MT. The concert, organized by Vootie Productions, was able to brought the people of the area together in remembrance.
Bozeman, MT-based company Vootie Productions is a company that has been helping put on events throughout Midwest, according to Tom Garnsey of Vootie Productions. “Vootie Productions is a full service concert, festival and event management company serving Montana, Idaho and Wyoming for over 20 years,” Garnsey said.
Garnsey explained more about the concert. “Livingston Town Proper was a benefit concert that we put together with John Mayer and Zac Brown to help the firefighters that battled the devastating Pine Creek Fire of summer 2012 which burned 8500 acres in Montana and threatened many homes and structures in the area, including Mayer’s,” he said. Garnsey also said the concert was a quick sell to the public. “The concert was advertised on social media sites, newspaper and KMMS and KGLT radio and sold out in approximately 4 minutes,” he said. “John Mayer and Zac are both very high profile stars and Mayer had been unable to sing for over a year due to throat operations so this was a bit of a ‘coming out’ party. There was a lot of pent-up demand…[W]e had zero glitches and no complaints, other than it sold out too fast!”
Garnsey described several of the event’s best moments, one of which being when Mayer said he could sing. “The best part of the events was when Mr. Mayer announced to the audience that he had been cleared by his doctors to sing again a couple days before the event. The crowd was under the impression that he would be playing but not singing [because] he brought in Zac Brown and Clay Cook to help out,” he said. “The theater erupted with cheers and applause and he proceeded to sing three tunes in a row.”
Other moments included giving thanks to the firefighters themselves. “There were about 50 tickets donated by local businesses and individuals that we were able to give to firefighters and their families to see the show as well, said Garnsey. “Thanking them from stage was very rewarding as well as I was one of the first people to happen upon this fire and watched them save quite a few homes. My family has a home near Pine Creek so this event had special meaning to me as well.”
The event was also able to raise money for several groups. “We raised over $100k for the Park County Community Foundation to distribute locally and had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of folks: Creative Artist Agency, Mick Management (Mayer). Zac Brown and his crew, Ticketriver and all the local sound companies and their crews. Moon Over Montana, Rocky Mountain Rigging, Semi-Pro Audio, Jerico Studios, Flimlites, The Emerson Center and more stepped up to the plate and nailed it,” Garnsey said. “The good folks at Music Villa also donated a wonderful Martin Guitar for a raffle that raised almost $5k.”
The tickets themselves were great parting gifts for the patrons. “The lovely posters and tickets were awesome collectors’ items,” Garnsey said.