Mark A. Marple

Merriweather Post

In Columbia , Maryland is the 18,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre Merriweather Post Pavilion. We had about 5,000 seats iin the pavilion and the rest in the lawn. When I was Promotions Director for Kaslan Productions, I was at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit with "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers". Joey Nederlander took a liking to me and had me interview for the Advertising Position with Wayne Nederlander. They worked a deal out with David Landay and Larry Kasha to steal me away (although I was to be able to do double duty and still be there on Broadway when we opened.) I got to work under Charlie Blum who was an amazing ad man (P.T. Barnum type) and I learned a great deal working with dozens of radio stations in Baltimore and D.C. and seven T.V. stations. I established "Live at 5" interviews shot on location from the Pavilion (D.C. TV station)  and a delayed interview at 6pm for the Baltimore market.



This was an earlier list of concerts that summer.




I also was Coordinating Editor of Concert Goer Magazine. This was its inaugural season so a lot of design was needed. It went to the Greek Theatre, Poplar Creek, the Concord Pavilion and eventually Pine Knob in Detroit.








Wayne Newton



Survivor



Sheena Easton



Ronnie Milsap



Rodney Dangerfield
 


Rick Springfield



Peter, Paul and Mary



Olivia Newton John



The Marshall Tucker Band



Loverboy



Lou Rawls


Santana



King Crimson



Kenny Loggins



Joni Mitchell



Joan Rivers



Joan Baez



Jimmy Buffett



Jethro Tull



Jefferson Starship



James Taylor



Gordon Lightfoot



George Benson



Genesis



Emmylou Harris



Elvis Costello



Elton John



Eddie Rabbitt



The Doobie Brothers



David Brenner



Crosby, Stills and Nash



Chicago



Cheap Trick



Charlie Daniels Band



Bonnie Raitt



Blue Oyster Cult



Barbara Mandrell



Al Jarreau



Air Supply



Gary US Bonds



That was an incredible season! I think I got an average of 4 hours sleep a night.

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