For others, it was just a regular night. Others weren’t standing a foot from indie-folk musician William Elliott Whitmore as his whiskey-drenched vocals powered through every request the crowd threw at him.
After his final song, Whitmore, clad in a simple button down and jeans, his trademark fedora resting on the back of his head, very much an Iowa farmer’s get-up for a night on the town, put aside his guitar and looked at me. His eyes had the distant look that eyes get when one is long past tipsy and I wasn’t sure what the night’s coda had in store. He didn’t throw-up on my shoes. Instead, he shook my hand and thanked me before leaping off the stage like a cowboy on the run to shake the hand of everyone in the bar.
To say that it made my night would be obvious. But it did, and beyond Whitmore and my own gumption to stand directly in front of the stage, I had one person to thank for making my night—the man who put Whitmore on the stage.
Looking at Nate Dorough, founder of Fusion Shows, an independent concert promotion company based in Lansing, Mich., you wouldn’t guess he’s in the business of making people’s nights.
He describes his job with sarcastic wit as “terribly glamorous.” Most of his days are spent in the background, on a laptop or phone, dressed not in the flashy suits you might expect for someone putting on live spectacle but in shorts, T-shirt and a baseball cap. But Dorough has been making people’s nights since his days at Baker College in Owosso, a small town just east of center on your right palm. Continue reading