Dan Smalls Presents, Inc. is...

A talent buyer, concert promotion, and event production company based in Ithaca, NY. We specialize in developing talent from small clubs to theatres and arenas. We buy talent for regional theatres, colleges, and various other venues. We also produce events for musical acts, corporations, not-for-profits, etc. in and around the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

The company was founded in 2008, though the principal, Dan Smalls, has a wide ranging background in business and the entertainment field. His biography can be found below.

Feel free to call us anytime at 607.280.2900

Dan Smalls Biography

Dan Smalls has a diverse and wide-ranging background in the entertainment business. The business of entertainment took hold while Dan was a sophomore at Cornell University here in Ithaca and produced his first concert, a combination of Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors at Bailey Hall, before each rose to stardom. After that sell-out and several others, Dan joined local impresario John Peterson at the Haunt on Green Street and quickly became the manager. It was the heyday of the famous red, gold and green painted façade that played host to the likes of such diverse acts as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pearl Jam as well as nearly every major blues and reggae act including Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and The Wailers. Their Two Just Men and Topspot Promotions presented many shows at the State Theatre back in the early nineties and at various other regional theatres. Dan stayed on for several years after graduating in 1992 and eventually moved on to expand his musical future in a bigger pond.

This path led him through various positions in Boston that began as a booking agent for local and national acts and led to working for Great Northeast Productions. While there, the company produced over seventy live events per year with acts like Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Joan Baez, among many others. Every year culminated in producing the annual end of summer tour camping festivals for Phish (Clifford Ball, The Great Went, Lemonwheel) that took place in several locations and hosted over 80,000 fans. Dan also worked closely with musical act Squirrel Nut Zippers, assisting in their growth and eventual platinum selling success that catapulted out of the Boston market. He also started the successful Swing Night at the Roxy in Boston that hosted dozens of acts and consistently drew over 1200 patrons to a Friday night event that featured national acts on stage, dance lessons, period clothing sales and more, a concept that the company shared with similar venues around the US.

In 1999, Dan took the opportunity to work for the Gerry Foundation, started by cable TV pioneer Alan Gerry, and assist in production of a summer concert series on the original Woodstock concert site for a break from the big city and a chance to be closer to his family. The series went off well and became the impetus for the recently completed Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts which opened in 2007.

For the past seven seasons, Dan has served as exclusive talent buyer for the State Theatre in Ithaca. His booking, promotion and marketing have resuscitated this nearly 80 year old hall to its former glory and made it the venue of choice in Central NY. He has also taken on new venues like the summer concert series at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, the prestigious Event Gallery in the Woodstock Museum at the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Ani Difranco's Asbury Hall and the Ninth Ward in Buffalo, and clubs like The Haunt in Ithaca and Water Street Music Hall, The German House and Harro East Ballroom in Rochester.

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Aug 29

State Theatre of Ithaca - Ithaca, NY

Sep 2

Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY

with Admirers

Sep 13

The Haunt - Ithaca, NY

with Body Language & 2001

Sep 14

State Theatre of Ithaca - Ithaca, NY

Sep 18

The Hangar Theatre - Ithaca, NY

Sep 24

State Theatre of Ithaca - Ithaca, NY

Sep 27

State Theatre of Ithaca - Ithaca, NY

Oct 14

The Haunt - Ithaca, NY

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Papadosio - If It Wasn't For You - Night & Day (Live)

Papadosio is excited to bring you Night & Day (Live) - a collection of unreleased songs filmed and recorded live from a cabin in the Appalachian mountains in...

Papadosio (PLAYING THE HAUNT 10/14) is excited to bring you Night & Day (Live) - a collection of unreleased songs filmed and recorded live from a cabin in the Appalachian mountains in Asheville, NC. Featuring up close camera angles and high definition audio, Night & Day (Live) allows viewers to gain new depth into the process of Papadosio's unique artistic expression. Over the next month, a new song will be released every Tuesday and Thursday until the entire collection is completed. Stay tuned for more videos by subscribing to the Papadosio Youtube channel.

Spoon: They Want My Soul


Spoon's eighth album is their most booming LP, most resembling a companion piece to 2007's masterwork Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Joe Chiccarelli and Dave Fridmann share co-production credits along with the band themselves, and They Want My Soul pulls at familiar threads, fraying things to make them seem now.

so much praise for Spoon!!! Kicking off tour at the State Theatre of Ithaca 8/29 - explore these: RECENT PRESS: Pitchfork "Best New Music" album review (8.6) - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19514-spoon-they-want-my-soul/ The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/9741 ("Do You") The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - https://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/9701 ("Inside Out" backstage performance) Morning Becomes Eclectic - http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/morning-becomes-eclectic/spoon-2014-08-07 NPR Fresh Air - http://www.npr.org/2014/08/04/337769429/spoon-wants-your-soul New York Times Magazine - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/magazine/spoon-the-molecular-gastronomists-of-rock.html?ref=magazine&_r=0 LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-spoon-20140807-story.html SPIN - http://www.spin.com/reviews/spoon-they-want-my-soul/ Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/spoon-take-over-spooky-nyc-theater-for-intimate-sleep-no-more-show-20140804 Pitchfork - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19514-spoon-they-want-my-soul/ Nerdist - http://www.nerdist.com/pepisode/nerdist-podcast-spoon/ Paste - http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/08/spoon-they-want-my-soul-review.html The Wall Street Journal - http://online.wsj.com/articles/music-review-they-want-my-soul-1407274924 Entertainment Weekly - http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/08/08/spoon-britt-daniel-interview-new-album/#more-74747 Flavorwire - http://flavorwire.com/470797/spoon-the-most-consistent-least-gimmicky-band-in-indie-rock Associated Press - http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MUSIC_REVIEW_SPOON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


P.O. BOX 736
Ithaca, NY 14851