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Our First Concerts

Music (along with sci-fi, video games, moisturizers, and fashion) happens to be a pretty big part of what we talk about around the office. We chat about who’s up-and-coming, which shows around town we are planning on seeing, and which iconic artists are heading out on an epic world tour. This naturally led to a conversation about everyone’s first concert, their most recent concert, and which concert they’d do anything to see!

Joe Robberson, Community Manager

  • First Concert – Maceo Parker

  • Most Recent Show – Andrew Bird

  • Dream Concert – Jimi Hendrix

Tony Mamone, CEO

  • First Concert – Kool & The Gang

  • Most Recent Show – My friend – and singer/songwriter – Nancy Cassidy hosted a house concern of blues and folk

  • Dream Concert – The Ramones, back in the day

Adam Wenger, Associate Editor

  • First Concert – Stevie Nicks

  • Most Recent Show – Asher Roth

  • Dream Concert – Right Said Fred

Jen McLean – VP of Marketing

  • First Concert – The Cure at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago

  • Most Recent Show – LCD Soundsystem at Stubbs BBQ in Austin (a long time ago, I know)

  • Dream Concert – The New York Dolls opening for David Bowie

Sean Whiteman – Associate Operations Editor

  • First Concert – Phish

  • Most Recent Show – Luisa Maita at Stern Grove Park’s Summer Concert Series

  • Dream Concert – One Direction (just kidding: The Beatles)

Julie Anne Herrin – Marketing & PR

  • First Concert – Tom Petty & the Heart Breakers at the Hollywood Bowl (actually Raffi, but I’m not counting anything under 10)

  • Most Recent Show – A friend’s cover band at Grant & Green in North Beach

  • Dream Concert – Madonna, and I’m going in the fall!

Danny Khatib – President

  • First Concert – Huey Lewis and the News Charlevoix, Michigan in middle school

  • Most Recent Show – None, I have kids

  • Dream Concert – The Stones

Premal – Architect

  • First Concert – Bryan Adams, he came to India

  • Most Recent Show – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Oakland at the Oracle Arena

  • Dream Concert – Metallica

Jen Hamilton – Lead

  • First Concert – Corey Hart Ottawa Canada – Sunglasses at Night

  • Most Recent Show – The Tragically Hip at the Fillmore

  • Dream Concert – Eminiem & Jay-Z

Karyn Bordoi – MBA Marketing Intern

  • First Concert – Brandy, Boyz to Men and Baby Face

  • Most Recent Show – The Black Keys

  • Dream Concert – The White Stripes or The Spice Girls

Lauren Gerber – Associate Marketing Manager

  • First Concert – John Mayer at SDSU

  • Most Recent Show – Miike Snow at Fox in Oakland

  • Dream Concert – Queen

John Newlin – Editor in Chief, Zimbio Inc

  • First Concert – U2 – Joshua Tree Tour (Ticketmaster released the 5th row as I bought tickets.)

  • Most Recent Show – Prince

  • Dream Concert – Michael Jackson opening for Prince

Darrick Thomas – Associate Editor

  • First Concert – Blink 182

  • Most Recent Show – Adam Levine side project

  • Dream Concert – gwar

Cleve Pasarell – Director of Engineering

  • First Concert – Julio Iglesias

  • Most Recent Show – The Hootenanny in Jackson Hole

  • Dream Concert – Nirvana

Alicia Dennis, Music Editor

  • First Concert – Michael Jackson

  • Most Recent Show – TuneYards and St. Vincent at the Fox

  • Dream Concert – Jeff Buckley back in the day, or Elliott Smith

JJ Duncan, Deputy Editor

  • First Concert – Bon Jovi/Skid Row (The ‘New Jersey’ tour)

  • Most Recent Show – Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) at the Fox in Oakland

  • Dream Concert – Otis Redding

Jill Slattery, Senior Editor

  • First Concert – Bush, No Doubt, & Goo Goo Dolls (I think this was the tour that Gwen & Gavin hooked up on)

  • Most Recent Show – Milo Greene at Brick & Mortar

  • Dream Concert – The Grateful Dead back in the day

Vivien Yang, Engineer

  • First Concert – BFD (Pennywise, Drop Kick Murphys, Limp Bizkit, Blink182, …)

  • Most Recent Show – The Birthday Massacre

  • Dream Concert – Pink Floyd, Tool (or A Perfect Circle), Silversun Pickups, Placebo

Deena Bustillo, Editor

  • First Concert – Eddie Money (at Great America when I was 4)

  • Most Recent Show – Wallpaper

  • Dream Concert – Spice Girls