Creative Insight in Touring and Event Conception
30 years ago, after a stint at an agency in New York City, Armand Sadlier moved to Maryland with not much other than his love of music and a great ear for it. There he met Robin, his right-hand and constant supporter who is still with him today. Together, through endless hard work, setbacks, and perseverance, their boutique agency has earned an unparalleled reputation for quality, integrity, and a superior eye for new talent. They have been the first agency to represent many bands that are still household names, and even now are developing artists that are breaking new ground, as well as some that are treading old. Through a laser-like focus on quality and building a fan-base using touring, venues all over the country and in Europe know that if Armand calls, it’s an artist you should probably be involved with.
Artists that have been developed and represented for years by Vision include:
- Widespread Panic
- Leftover Salmon
- Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit
- The Samples
- Vertical Horizon
- Uncle Tupelo (see Wilco and Son Volt)
- Pat McGee Band
- Monte Montgomery
- Freddy Jones Band
- Cowboy Mouth
- Umphrey’s McGee
- Stephen Lynch
Dave Matthews was even put on his first two west coast tours, opening for The Samples before the rest of the country knew he was destined to be the biggest touring act of the early 2000′s. Almost every one of those bands still tour today, a testament to Vision’s focus on building a career through touring. You just can’t download the live concert experience.
In 2005, Armand had the idea to create a destination festival in Amsterdam. Jam in the Dam was born, and is now a mainstay of the festival scene which just enjoyed it’s 6th iteration in March 2012. 2009 had to be skipped as he needed to undergo a life saving double-lung transplant at Duke. After a near-miraculous recovery, he was back on the ski slopes and the phone within just a few months. JitD 2010 took place as usual!
Last year in January 2011, they made their first journey in to entertainment cruises with Jonathan Coulton and JoCo Cruise Crazy. Jonathan was built in the same way as all the others, but his incredibly inventive use of the internet gave him a distinct advantage over those that had come before. He sold out in London on three weeks notice, his first time in the country. Many friends that are luminaries in the ‘geek’ world his following inhabits, came along on the cruise and made it a smashing success. This year’s 2nd cruise built on last year’s success, and further growth is expected. Planning for 2013 in in the works!
The roster now includes original artists, along with some of the best tribute acts in the country. Any criticism of those artists is sloughed off by their quality, the tickets they sell, and the simple fact that when the New York Philharmonic plays Mozart they are doing the same exact thing; keeping timeless music alive for the younger generations.
Stay tuned, because you never know what Vision will come up with next!