Firebird Talent Buyer Takes Over Booking for Cicero's

Effective immediately, Firebird talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo will be booking the University City venue staple Cicero's. The latter's previous booker, Laura Hamlett, left for another job.

"Since [Firebird co-buyer] Bert McClimans and I were already doing certain shows in the room as outside promoters, it made perfect sense to transition into this new position when the opportunity arose," Cracchiolo wrote in an email. "As the staff at Firebird has grown, it's gotten to a point where I don't need to be quite as hands on with the day to day operations, so I'm looking forward to this new challenge. I will still be continuing my duties in a mostly supervisory role at Firebird, but Cicero's is going to be where most of my creative energy will be spent in the near future."

The Firebird has been booking shows at Cicero's already for a while now, and so this move will allow Cracchiolo to expand on the foundation they've already built.

"The gameplan now is to expand on those already existing contacts by reaching out to agents about artists we wouldn't necessarily seek to book at Firebird," he says. "Between the advantageous location and the intimate atmosphere of the room, there are a lot of of acts that make better sense at Cicero's so I think we'll be able to develop the identity and character of the room in a really organic way.

"The venue has a lot of unrealized potential," he continues. "As a musician it's always been one of my favorite stages to play, and the staff, particularly the sound engineers, are excellent. Cicero's has a long history of being the first play in St. Louis for a lot of notable bands; our goal will be to really bring that tradition back in full force."

In addition, Kenny Snarzyk, who's the bassist/vocalist for Fister, will be joining Cicero's as the venue's publicist.

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erica
erica

my reply to JasonI do actually know what im talking about.Ive been in the local music scene long enough to know whats what.and who does a good job at booking bands.The guy at the Old Rock House does a WONDERFUL job.You obviously like that god awful venue and their whiny annoying shrill emo indie bands.Also you like to pay 10-15 dollars to get in.Luck with that bud

HUH?
HUH?

Old Rock House charges $10-36 for tickets, according to their website AND their staff are notoriously hostile. I don't go to a lot of shows at Firebird, but you are insane if you think Old Rock House deserve praise.

Norm
Norm

Mike, could you at least try and hire the 2nd worst door guy in st louis? Or is staff improvements not under your job description?

Jeremy Ivy
Jeremy Ivy

Cicero's is a great room, with a great soundman! Good to see they have a finally have a booking guy worth his salt.

erica
erica

Are you kidding me??!!This is a JOKEThe Firebird is the WORST venue in the STL areaThey are rude and their prices for their shows are RIDICULOUS!I went to a show they " presented"I was the only one there!They didnt "present" ANYTHINGIf they couldnt promote a show at Ciceors; what makes them think that they can take care of the booking?Ciceros should NEVER have done business with them.They have amazing shows there; it sjust people would rather get wasted or high than support local musicSOMEONE with actualy KNOWLEDGE of booking bands ought to take care of the booking.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

question Mike's "actualy KNOWLEDGE of booking bands"? you obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

erica
erica

my reply to JasonI do actually know what im talking about.Ive been in the local music scene long enough to know whats what.and who does a good job at booking bands.The guy at the Old Rock House does a WONDERFUL job.You obviously like that god awful venue and their whiny annoying shrill emo indie bands.Also you like to pay 10-15 dollars to get in.Luck with that bud

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

Erica, dear, I too have a good idea of what I'm talking about, having been in the music scene for about 6 years now.

You have no idea what Mike C does and no idea what amount of amazing music he's brought to this city through the Firebird.

If you did, you'd have nothing but respect.

your mom's mom
your mom's mom

Yeah I'm really sick of paying $15-20 for bands I've actually heard of. Obviously the way to make it in the music biz is to charge $5 covers to listen to high school punk bands.

Kevin
Kevin

They should look into booking Doomtree (out of the Twin Cities) members for future shows. They just had one at the Firebird last month and it was awesome. Never been to Cicero's though...

Anon
Anon

what other side is there to the story? former employee left for a new job and new employee was hired.

anonymous
anonymous

Too bad you didn't get any comments from Cicero's about this new endeavor. Would have made for a much better and less one-sided story. That said, I do think the teaming up of Cicero's and Firebird will be great for everyone involved -- but mostly for the St. Louis music scene!

Shut up fag
Shut up fag

one sided story? so you also wanted Cicero's to chime about how they think the move is a good one? some fucktards are always looking for something to bitch about

mike a
mike a

"Reached for comment, Cicero's management not only agreed that Cracchiolo's input will be crucial to maximizing the room's potential, but questioned this reporter's use of time and energy for tracking down said management for such a pointless question."

anonymous
anonymous

Awesome! Congrats, Mike...have been hoping to run into you at the Firebird since I have not seen you in a long time! -Bonnie

Guest
Guest

This is good news, Cicero's has had lackluster concerts for quite some time.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

Bravo, Mike. Now 2 of the better rooms in the STL have a similar team of passionate music lovers doing booking. this is a good thing.

Matt
Matt

This is really excellent news. "Unrealized Potential" is right.

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