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Call Sheet #59: Introducing Our 10th Anniversary Issue, Music Fest Stage Collapses, Pitchfork Sells Out

BizBash is marking its 10th anniversary this year with a special edition of our magazine that looks at a decade that revolutionized the event industry. The digital edition of the issue is available online today:

We're also posting the stories from the issue on BizBash.com. Here's Alesandra Dubin's look at how the industry has evolved in the past 10 years, as events have become increasingly recognized for their marketing power:

Here's our take on the 50 best ideas of the past 10 years:

And here's our timeline of the big events, trends, and milestones of the decade:

We'll be posting more stories all week, and our reports on 23 events that have successfully evolved over the decade will go up in the coming month.

—Chad Kaydo, editor in chief, BizBash

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #59 — Monday, 07.18.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo in New York
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1. MUSIC FEST STAGE COLLAPSES: The main stage at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed on Sunday. Toronto Sun: "Cheap Trick was 20 minutes into their set when a tornado-sized gust of wind caused the stage to collapse at 7:20 p.m., causing an estimated 9,000 fans to stampede toward the Canada War Museum." The Sun has a video of the collapse, too:

CBC: "Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan is set to hold a news conference 11 a.m. ET to discuss the stage collapse that sent three people to hospital and thousands fleeing for cover."

2. PITCHFORK SELLS OUT: In less dangerous news, the Pitchfork Music Festival sold out in Chicago's Union Park this weekend, with 18,000 in attendance each day. Chicago Tribune: "Tickets moved slower than usual—in recent years the festival has sold out well in advance—but still the walk-up was strong Friday and Saturday…Also, 13,000 bottles of water were distributed free Saturday to help concertgoers stave off the effects of the heat."

3. EX-MGM MIRAGE CHIEF DEAD: The New York Times: "J. Terrence Lanni, a gambling company executive who helped turn a single casino into the industry giant now known as MGM Resorts International, died on Thursday night at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was 68…Mr. Lanni also helped oversee the planning for CityCenter, an $8.5 billion, 67-acre complex of hotels, casinos, retail and residential space on a site between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio hotels on the Strip. It is the largest privately financed construction project in United States history."

4. DESIGN MANIFESTO: "[C]ommunication is now the dominant force in design" is the premise of “Talk to Me,” an exhibition opening July 24 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Co-curator Paola Antonelli tells The New York Times: “We went through so many changes in the definition of design in the 20th century with all the clichés about form following function, and the addition of meaning in the 1960s with post-structuralism, but what is really important right now is communication.”


The very first Event Camp Europe is being planned for September 9 at Down Hall in London.


BOSTON: The Boston Harbor Swim, a 22-mile, relay-style, open water swim to benefit cancer research, took place on Friday. Proceeds will go to Boston's David Perini Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Boston Globe:

CHICAGO: Rivers Casino will open in Des Plaines today. In addition to gaming, the venue offers seven on-site eateries. Chicago Sun-Times:

LAS VEGAS: The Internet Marketing Association will hand out its annual Internet Marketing Awards September 22 at the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter.

Clear Channel will hold the first iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand September 23-24. The two-day event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and bring major acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and the Black Eyed Peas.

Producer US Antique Shows reported the highest attendance ever at its 17th annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, which took place at the Paris Hotel Las Vegas June 2-5. There was a 38 percent increase over last year's event.

LOS ANGELES: Art show producer MMPI will debut Art Platform—Los Angeles September 30. The new art fair will focus on promoting internationally recognized local talent and emerging artists, and aims to highlight L.A. as a major art center.

The local chapter of H.S.M.A.I. will host a luncheon July 19 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel that will focus on the importance of catering sales to increase hotels' visibility and revenue.

BlogWorld & New Media Expo announced that Peter Shankman will give the opening keynote for the conference, which runs November 3-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills announced the appointment of chef Joseph Elevado, who will oversee the property's culinary program.

MIAMI: Area 31 will debut a new nightly tasting menu developed by chef E. Michael Reidt to benefit the nonprofit organization Common Threads Tuesday. Tickets are $75 per person for a five-course dinner with wine pairings.

NEW YORK: Taylor Creative provided furniture for the LongHouse Reserve summer gala on Saturday.

ORLANDO: Dave & Busters opens its first Orlando location today on International Drive. The 40,000-square-foot entertainment complex includes more than 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a restaurant, and bar.

TORONTO: The 23rd annual Beaches International Jazz Festival kicked off this past weekend with 25 musical acts. The festival continues this weekend with more music and free workshops.

ABROAD: WWD: Japan Fashion Week is bringing on Mercedes-Benz as a new sponsor and for its run starting the week of October 13, will be renamed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo.

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected].

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Erica Petri, Anna Sekula, and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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