Schneidau To Exit HoB NOLA

Sonny Schneidau, a fixture on the New Orleans nightlife scene and the longtime  director of tours and talent, is reportedly leaving his position once a successor can be hired.

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“The decision to step down is based on my desire to make a change after 22 years,” Schneidau said in statement reported by Offbeat, the local music and culture magazine. “It has been a dream come true to continue serving the live music lovers in my beloved hometown. Schneidau is a two-time recipient of Pollstar’s Talent Buyer of the Year Award.

“My favorite Beatle, George Harrison, with whom I share the same birthday, wrote that ‘All Things Must Pass.’ To my dear friends at House of Blues and Live Nation, I offer my deepest gratitude with special thanks to HOB’s founder Isaac Tigrett for opening the door. I look forward to the future and the great adventures that lie ahead.”

Schneidau launched his music biz career as a co-founder and talent buyer of New Orleans’ famed Tipitiana’s at 18. He took on the same job at HoB New Orleans when it opened in 1993, and brought such names as Elton JohnBob DylanEric ClaptonFoo Fighters, and The Black Keys, among others.

“Sonny is a legend in our industry. His passion for the music and respect for the artists are among the primary reasons that HoB New Orleans has long been a must play for national touring acts,” Michael Yerke, HoB president of talent, said in the statement.

HoB New Orleans GM Robert Rizzuto added, “I’ve been extremely fortunate to work closely with Sonny for the last five years. He has a limitless knowledge of the music industry and a lifetime of experience which we will all miss dearly.

“Sonny has been instrumental in bringing countless national acts to New Orleans and has the ear for recognizing and introducing new artists many of which now have prominent careers. He is unmatched with his dedication, love for the venue and the live music industry. Sonny was one of the original employees at House of Blues New Orleans and his eye for talent has brought over 2.5 million music fans to their feet. I know he will undoubtedly be back in the New Orleans music scene in the future.”

Schneidau has yet to announce his plans, but told Offbeat he will remain on the job at House of Blues until his successor is chosen, which could take a few months. Schneidau was unavailable to immediately comment when Pollstar called.