SaveLive Adds Rave/Eagles Ballroom, SLO Fremont Theater

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The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Getty Images)

SaveLive, formed by live industry mainstay Marc Geiger in 2020, has added two new venue partnerships, with Milwaukee’s Eagles Entertainment and The Fremont Theater in California’s central coast joining the fold.

“I have known Marc Geiger for 30 years. Partnering with SaveLive is an easy decision given his history and knowledge,” stated Eagles Entertainment Inc. co-owner Leslie West. “Marc was always my ‘go-to guy’ when I was at my wits end, when I did not know how to deal with a business issue. He always has an answer. When he started developing SaveLive, I told him I wanted to be a part of the team. My wish came true, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for what he and (co-founder) John Fogelman have put together. It’s a great partnership with great people.”

Eagles Entertainment, founded by Joe Balestrieri and West, includes the historic, multi-level 4,000-capacity Eagles Ballroom, the Rave and Rave II in Milwaukee, Wis., with six active concert venues between the properties.

Also joining the SaveLive network is the 900-capacity Fremont Theater in downtown San Luis Obispo, a former movie theater built in 1942 known for its colorful Streamline Moderne neon marquee.

“We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with SaveLive to bring even more live music to the San Luis Obispo community,” said Fremont owner and operator Dan Sheehan. “The Fremont has been a fixture of the community for decades and we feel we are just getting started on the live music history of the Fremont Theater!”

In April of 2022, SaveLive went live in a big way, with a new website and staff listing with multiple talent buyers of various genres as well as personnel handling finance, marketing, food and beverage and more as part of the network formed to bolster and serve the independent live music community. An initial 20 venue partners were announced, which included The Criterion in Oklahoma City, Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, The Alibi in Palm Springs, Hammerjacks in Baltimore and more.

Along with that rollout was the news that SaveLive had raised $135 million to invest into independent live music, with Investors including Breyer Capital, Deep Field Asset Management, Raptor Group, and Shamrock Capital.