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


Sheena Easton

Ronnie Milsap

Rodney Dangerfield

Rick Springfield

Peter, Paul and Mary

Olivia Newton John

The Marshall Tucker Band


Lou Rawls


King Crimson

Kenny Loggins

Joni Mitchell

Joan Rivers

Joan Baez

Jimmy Buffett

Jethro Tull

Jefferson Starship

James Taylor

Gordon Lightfoot

George Benson


Emmylou Harris

Elvis Costello

Elton John

Eddie Rabbitt

The Doobie Brothers

David Brenner

Crosby, Stills and Nash


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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