Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw was honored as City Of Hope’s Spirit Of Life award recipient on Thursday night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and DMB frontman Dave Matthews were among the performers at the event.
The 2017 Spirit Of Life Gala was entitled Music, Hope & Healing. As per Jambands.com, Dave Matthews gave a speech about the man who guided his career since the formation of his band. Matthews’ solo acoustic set featured “Samurai Cop,” “Grey Street,” “Bartender” and “Don’t Drink The Water.” Trey, another of Capshaw’s clients, performed solo acoustic renditions of “Miss You” and “More.” Anastasio additionally played “Soul Planet,” a song the Trey Anastasio Band debuted less than a week earlier. TAB’s James Casey and Jennifer Hartswick usually sing “Soul Planet,” so Trey’s performance of the song was the first to feature Anastasio on lead vocals. Other acts who played the event were Joseph and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Coran’s latest award comes in addition to previous honors including three Personal Manager Of The Year awards from Pollstar, Billboard’s Humanitarian Award and inclusion on Music Manager Forum’s International Manager Roll Of Honour. The music industry legend went from owner of Charlottesville’s famed Trax venue to manager of DMB after being impressed by the group’s weekly gigs at his bar. DMB went on to become on the world’s top touring acts. Red Light Management guides the career of dozens of iconic bands including Primus, Ween, Phish, Lionel Richie, Alabama Shakes and Dierks Bentley. Capshaw also helped start Bonnaroo, founded Starr Hill Presents and owns a handful of Charlottesville area venues.
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