Concert promoter a one-woman show
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Lots of people benefit from Annie McIntosh’s choice of hobby. No, it’s not toying with model trains, birdwatching or knitting – rather, McIntosh spends her spare time as a concert promoter.
McIntosh, a self-described one-woman show, runs McIntosh Music Productions, a concert promotion company, from her West Glenwood home. She’s brought more than 30 nationally known bands to the area since 2000.
“I really look at it as more of a hobby,” she said.
McIntosh, a psychotherapist with a practice in downtown Glenwood Springs, is also a volunteer DJ at KDNK and volunteers for Roaring Fork Hospice.
She has become Glenwood Springs’ version of legendary promoter Bill Graham.
The first concert McIntosh promoted was a domestic violence benefit in 2000 featuring Jenny Bird.
“It was my first show. I wasn’t serious about promoting,” she said.
Her next show featured Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin.
“I think when I got serious about it was when I did the Tony Furtado show in January 2001,” she said. “That was a sellout. The place was packed.”
Most of McIntosh’s shows are put on at either Buffalo Valley or the Blue Acacia Playhouse, but she’s set up and promoted shows from Grand Junction to Basalt.
“The big outdoor show was Marcia Ball at the Grand River Vineyards Theater,” she said.
McIntosh said she’d like to do more outdoor shows.
“It combines my two favorite things – music and being outdoors,” she said. “I’d really like to do some shows at Two Rivers Park.”
McIntosh started as a music promoter after her predecessor, Susie Strode, moved to Hawaii.
“I used to put up her posters,” McIntosh said.
When Strode was ready to leave, she suggested to McIntosh that she ought to try being a promoter.
“She hated to see the community go without music,” McIntosh said.
Prior to leaving, Strode handed McIntosh her whole promotion business, Music Gumbo Productions, in a box and bade her good-bye and good luck.
In the past 2 1/2 years, McIntosh has brought in Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, The Dudes (formerly the Subdudes), Coco Montoya, Carl Weathersby, the Guy Smiley Blues Exchange, David Lindley and Wally Ingram, the Amazing Rhythm Aces and, most recently, Kelley Hunt at Buffalo Valley.
McIntosh’s next scheduled show is pianist George Winston. He’ll be playing at Glenwood Springs High School on July 5.
“It’s not all about the money,” McIntosh said. “So much of it is bringing some music and culture into the valley.”
Her shows, which generally range in price from $18 to $25, are advertised on posters placed in strategic locations around the valley during the weeks before the show.
So far, McIntosh said, rock blues guitarist Tab Benoit has been her favorite artist to work with.
“He was very pleasant to work with,” she said. “Some are great and some are a little testy.”
She said a prime example of a testy artist was Janis Ian.
“She had to have a $200 bottle of Scotch. She was one of the most unhappy people I’ve ever met in my life,” McIntosh said.
Another pitfall that McIntosh sometimes faces is the possibility of losing money.
“Everybody gets paid that night except me if I don’t do it right. It’s hit or miss. Some shows you’d expect to sell out, don’t,” she said. “I’m the one who makes it or breaks it.”
McIntosh said if she had her choice of concerts to promote, she’d choose the slick, red-haired, slide guitar-playing belle from Burbank, Calif.
“What I would really like to do is Bonnie Raitt,” she said.
For now at least, McIntosh said she’s happy with her unique hobby.
“All in all, if you average it out, it’s lucrative enough to keep going.”
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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