Alec Wightman, Music in My Life
Photo courtesy of IVPR

We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

Alec Wightman: Music IS My Life

It’s unusual for someone to turn their personal passions into successful side hustles, but Alec Wightman, a retired corporate lawyer and lifelong music fan, was able to do just that. More than 25 years ago, he became an independent concert promoter in the Columbus, Ohio, area, as well as a board member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He used his downtime during the pandemic to write Music in My Life: Notes From a Longtime Fan, a personal account of his time in the music industry, which he will discuss at the Mansion on O Street on Nov. 9. Typically producing smaller concerts with singer-songwriters, Wightman recalls an amusing experience that happened with Art Garfunkel. “The Sunday before the Thursday show, I opened up the Sunday Columbus Dispatch,” explains Wightman. “On their Arts and Entertainment section, above the fold is a big picture of Art with an interview and a little sidebar that says ‘for tickets, call this number’ and it’s my law office! For the next 48 hours … my office phone is ringing off the hook. I finally, Tuesday morning, shut down ticket sales. I now have way more people than I’ve ever had in the place before. I had to rent more chairs and hire more security guards. … It all turned out just fine.” Alec Wightman’s talk starts at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Mansion on O Street. 2020 O St. NW. $10.