The Black Cat has found a new booker to take over for Vicki Savoula, the venue’s longtime talent buyer who left the club in early August to pursue a career in education.
Candice Jones will begin the job in late September or early October, owner Dante Ferrando says. Jones is a former Black Cat employee who currently lives in New York, where she works for Figure 8 Management. She’s also served as assistant talent buyer at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga., and promoted the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, N.C. I’ve reached out to Jones to learn more about her, but no response yet, so here’s the version of Jones’ bio that appears on Figure 8’s website:
In the last ten years, Candice Jones has lived in Baltimore, Maryland, Coedpoeth, Wales, Athens, Georgia, and Washington DC working in various areas of the music industry. Now living in Brooklyn, she has found a new role as Brian Long and Ian Wheeler’s assistant at Figure Eight Management. Her interest and involvement in music started in her early teens. In 2001, while in high school, she wrote news and concert reviews for Tiny Mix Tapes and is still a contributor. Shortly after high school and a brief stint in Wales, she moved to Athens, Georgia and interned at the 40 Watt Club and Pitch-A-Tent Records assisting Velena Vego—-talent buyer for the 40 Watt Club and Buckhead Theatre, and band manager for Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.
Ferrando says Jones will take over booking local bands, support slots, and some Backstage shows. Ferrando will continue booking most touring bands.
Update, 2:45 p.m.: Via email, Jones has filled in a couple of holes in her biography. She says she worked the door at Black Cat in 2011, then moved up north to take the job at Figure 8. She’s “not terribly fond of living in New York,” and booking is more up her alley. “I really love the booking/live music aspect of the music industry,” she writes. “It’s definitely more my thing. I’m stoked to be able to move back to Washington, D.C., and work with my Black Cat family again.” Is she ready to be harassed by local bands clawing at her to get booked? “Bring it on,” she says.
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