Dear Guest...It is hard to believe that 45 years have gone by, this is a partial history (more to come)..thank you for your support and interest...Phyllis
For the past 45 years, Phyllis Parsons has been representing buyers in all aspects of negotiating for and securing headline entertainment.
Phyllis began the Parsons Company, Inc. in 1973, making the decision to work from home with her first child, only months old. Her desk, then, a simple card table. This was the start of Phyllis bringing her own vision and rules to an industry she believed would absorb one year of her time, as her daughter became a toddler.
She soon learned that most individual talent buyers then were labeled and limited as either college buyers, fair buyers, club bookers, etc. Phyllis didn't want to be defined to one sector of the industry, so she pursued them all.
The Parsons Company became a business that represented all size venues from universities, to "in house" buildings, fairs as well as International Facilities and promoters. Phyllis wanted to use her company to help all talent buyers, all size venues, all markets to secure and properly produce live entertainment.
This was not the industry standard at the time. With her innovative approach to the business, Phyllis changed contracting practices and brought a new view of the "middleman" or the talent broker.
Gil Eagles and Phyllis Parsons at NACA, Washington DC 1973 where Phyllis became acquainted with Universities and their concert programming.
Exclusive Talent Booking by Phyllis Parsons-- 1st season booking at The Palace, Cleavland OH!
In its 44 year history, The Parsons Company, Inc. has provided the highest quality entertainment for numerous stadiums, buildings, and theatres across the country. Because of its unique position in the entertainment industry in its early years, The Parsons Company, Inc. had the ability to route tours through several different venues and markets over multiple days or weeks.
The opportunity to work with so many different aspects of the industry proved to be a great education for Phyllis, who quickly learned how to seek out and place talent appropriate for all different markets and situations. Within the first two years, she secured a large contract on the East Coast that brought her company industry attention.
Two and a half years later, Phyllis accepted that she would be working years more and finally purchased an antique desk. She let go of other job opportunities that she had side lined while working close to home. One such opportunity came from the Pacific Stock Exchange as the first female stockbroker for Dean Witter.
Phyllis, worked nationwide, waking early to cater to East Coast buyers and remaining late at her desk to accommodate West Coast buyers. As her family grew, her ability to work such long hours became more difficult. Her client base continued to grow to include becoming the original in-house, exclusive agent for the premier season at the Concord Pavilion. With a multi-year contract, the Parsons Company secured the premier performances of the Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Barry Manilow, Marshall Tucker, Lily Tomlin, among dozens of others.
Phyllis Parsons with Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The late 1980s also saw The Parsons Company, Inc. represent numerous fairs across the American West, pioneering the introduction of contemporary rock and pop artists along with the traditional fair culture of MOR and country music. This direction translated into debut fair performances by several artists including Sting, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Hall & Oats, Styx , Charlie Daniels Band, Nils Lofgrin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others.
The Parsons Company, Inc. continued to bring Headline Talent to fairs nationwide. From Alabama to Crosby, Stills & Nash, Reba McEntire, the artists filled the grandstands and broke standing attendance records.
From 1991 to 1993, the Parsons Company consulted and secured talent for the Acapulco Festival/Televisa for the American talent that performed at the televised events. The Acapulco Festival featured performances by artists such as the Beach Boys, Julio Iglesias, Miami Sound Machine, Englebert Humperdink, Chicago and Jon Sedeca.
Phyllis Parsons, who is getting strange looks from comedian Tim Allen.
From 1991 to 1993, The Parsons Company secured headline talent performances for the Acapulco Festival with featured performances by numerous artists including The Beach Boys.
CIRCLE STAR CENTER
Phyllis Parsons was the exclusive talent buyer for the Circle Star Theatre, a 3,700-seat theatre in San Carlos, California.
The Parsons Company updated the Circle Star's predominantly Country and R&B format to include contemporary rock, jazz, "MOR" production/stage shows and speakers.
The Parsons Company, Inc. also consulted with markets in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada from 1988 to 1993. Concerts produced at these venues included the talents of Dana Carvey, Jay Leno, Heart, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Reba McEntire, as well as many others.
During this time, Phyllis Parsons was also the exclusive talent buyer for the Circle Star Theatre, a 3,700-seat theatre in San Carlos, California. The Parsons Company, Inc. updated the Circle Star's predominantly Country and R&B format to include contemporary rock, jazz, "MOR" production/stage shows and speakers. The changes not only revitalized the facility, but were crucial to the creation of the theater's first subscription series in its 30-year history.
The Circle Star's subscription series was a remarkable success, paying for itself within the first four days of its release. The Circle Star was nominated for "Theatre of the Year" by music industry representatives.
The Circle Star theatre would also be the venue that would see the return of comedian Richard Pryor after his retirement. His first comedy show out of retirement played to a sold-out industry/public event at the Cirlce Star Theater in 1982. During future media interviews, Richard would talk about this concert again and again, thrilled to see the SOLD OUT marguee , on his approach to the venue.
Phyllis Parsons with Richard Pryor in his groundbreaking show that would pull him from retirement.
KONOCTI HARBOR RESORT 1993-2000
The Parsons Company, Inc. was contracted as the exclusive talent buyer for the Konocti Harbor Resort. Konocti--located at Clear Lake in Northern California-- featured a 600 seat showroom in 1993. Phyllis Parsons urged the GM to consider and outdoor facility and the amphithearter was built with a 5000 seat capacity. The GM also expanded the inside showroom to a 1,000 seat capacity. Konocti's programming was honored with a Performance Magazine's #1 Grossing Small Venue of the Year in the United States for 1994 and 1995. Phyllis Parsons was responsible for scheduling a calendar of over 100 headline shows per year. A partial list of Headline talent secured for the Konocti Harbor Resort includes: Lynyrd Skynyrd , BB King, George Carlin, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pat Benetar, Dana Carvey, Joe Cocker, Victor Borge, Howie Mandel, Motely Crue, Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Little Texas, Heart, ZZ Top, Toby Keith, Hall and Oates, Tower of Power, Bill Cosby, George Jones, Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, Styx, The Beach Boys, and many others.
When Phyllis started working with the Konocti Harbor Resort, the only venue was the indoor showroom with a 600-seat capacity. Her work with the management helped to create and develop the popular amphitheater to its current 5,000-seat capacity and to build a calendar of concerts that drew thousands year-round.
In 1994, the Parsons Company, Inc. was also contracted with the Visalia Concert/Convention Center to impact the Visalia/Fresno market and provide entertainment to all sections of the community.
Konocti Harbor and Resort - Lynard Skynard 1999
Konocti Harbor Resort 1999
Konocti--located on at Clear Lake in Northern California-- features a 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater and a 1,000 seat indoor showroom.
The Parson's Company was contracted as the exclusive talent buyer for the Konocti Harbor Resort Concert series.
The Parsons Company, Inc. was also involved in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States in the early to mid-1990s: Boise, Idaho. The 12,000-seat BSU Pavillion, with the assistance of the Parsons Company, Inc., established itself as the major talent buyer of the state.
1997 marked the premier of the Parsons Company, Inc. representation of the Festival at Sandpoint. This festival was in turmoil. The Parsons Company, Inc. was recommended to set up a mutliple entertaiment program without much advance notice. Phyllis completed the daunting task in mere weeks. That year, advance sales broke all previous records.
Phyllis Parsons with Ringo Star.
AWARD WINNING SPEAKERS & AUTHORS
Phyllis with Mark Leddy (lead singer, FOE), Melissa Moore & Michelle Renee (Authors & Speakers)
In the year 2000, however, Phyllis planned to retire her successful business quietly. She had a few outstanding retainer contracts that she would allow to time out and that would be the end of the Parsons Company, Inc. At this time, she enrolled at UC Berkeley and became a Certified Financial Planner. Her decision to slow down was well- founded as family matters and emergencies called Phyllis away.
Yet, in the midst of "semi-retirement," Phyllis began to receive referrals and requests to represent authors and speakers. Despite her hesitation, Phyllis' long love of books was the gentle persuasion that kept her office doors open. This was reinforced by Phyllis' inspiration to be involved with speakers who hoped to incite social change by their life experiences that filled the pages of their books.
Phyllis decided to fill her roster ONLY with authors and speakers that had survived a life-altering incident... and whose story of recovery became the mode by which they sought social change. Since 2005, the Parsons Company represents authors who engage in contemporary social issues, such as suicide prevention, PTSD, returning vets, domestic violence, and victim's assistance. To view the Parsons Company roster of authors and speakers, click HERE.
The authors managed by The Parsons Company all have important messages to share and we are honored to help these voices get heard.
Phyllis Parsons with Natcon2015 Award Winner Judge Ginger Lerner Wren and with The Grahams
Darrell Hammond presentation at the "AIM FOR THE CURES GALA , PEBBLE BEACH CA. 8-17-17
Major General (RET.) Mark and Carol Graham 2017 Voice Awards
Award Winners of the, 2017 SAMHSA Consumer/Peer/Family Leadership Award. Major General (RET) Mark and Carol Graham are tireless champions of military and civillian efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention awareness, as well as to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health care.
THE FIRST BOOK of it's kind. Authored by Judge Jinger Lerner-Wren, while sitting on the bench of the FIRST MENTAL health court since 1997. This book shares the journey of America's first mental health court, dedicated to decriminalization (treatment over incarceration) and the promotion access to community-based mental health care and recovery. Book is due to be released early 2018
The 2013 National Council Conference with Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners, Kevin Hines and Maj. Gen. Mark (Ret.) and Carol Graham
Through the years, Phyllis has been awarded for her contributions to the music industry. She received the AB award for promoting Michael Jackson's largest sold-out shows in 1993.
In 2008, she was awarded the Women's Achievement in Lifetime of Excellence from Central Washington University.
Also, she has received numerous acknowledgments (please visit our testimonial page HERE.)
Today, it seems that Phyllis works harder than ever to due to our recessionary times, but she is still challenged everyday and grateful to be a part of a business-- and an industry-- that is so exceptionally rewarding.
Over the years, Phyllis Parsons has received numerous awards. In 2008, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime of excellence in Service from Central Washington University.
Phyllis Parsons and Sinbad.
A partial list of the Universities and Colleges that have scheduled events through The Parsons Company:
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Los Angeles
Utah State University
Montana State University, Billings
Idaho State University
University of Southern California
Central Washington University
New Mexico State University
U.S. Air Force Academy
Oregon Sate University
University of Idaho
University of Montana
Washington State University
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Hayward
California State University, San Diego
California State University, Chico
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Sacramento
Oregon Institute of Technology
Santa Clara University
Weber State University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Loyola Maramount University
University of Oregon
St. Mary's College
University of Washington
California State University, Long Beach
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of the Pacific
University of Puget Sound
University of Nevada-Reno
Cal Poly Pomona
University of Utah
Portland State University
Humbolt State University
Boise State University
University of Idaho
University of Wyoming
Brigham Young University
University of Redlands
University of Portland
Western Washington University
Santa Clara University
Santa Rosa Junior College
Tacoma Community College
Cal Poly State University
Southern Oregon University
George Washington University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Utah Valley University /J.C.
Boise State University
University of Hawaii
University of Alaska, Anchorage
Sonoma State University
Cal Poly State University
University of Tennessee
Oregon Institue of Technology
Montana State University- Bozeman
Montana State University- Billings
Sonoma State University
Boise State University
Santa Rosa Jr. College
Southern Oregon University
University of California, Santa Barbara
Brigham Young University- Rexburg
Penn State Worthington Scranton
Unversity of Washington
Lower Columbia College
Tacoma Community College
University of Oregon
Eastern Washington University
Oklahoma State University
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco State University
Fresno State University
Texas Christian University
Mount Waschusett Community College
Three Rivers Community College
Detla State University
University of Alabama
University of Pennsylvania
University of Connecticut
University of Arkansas
University of Montana- Missoula
University of San Diego
Institute of Medicine
Florida Gulf Coast University
Des Moines University
N.E. Wisconsin Tech College
University of Wisconsin
Jay Leno and Phyllis Parsons.
Sheryl Crow & Phyllis April 2015 at Beasley Coliseum
Trevor Noah- Host of the Daily Show
Washington State University- Dad's Weekend
November 4, 2016
Phyllis at her desk...
then and now (surprise bouquets for her birthday!)
When her third child was born, Phyllis stopped working with East coast theatres, events and fairs, and concentrated her business to buyers west of the Mississippi. Her client base grew to include Canto Nuevo, as their exclusive American buyer/consultant. Canto Nuevo was the premier Mexican promoter, covering multiple Mexican markets. Over the next 12 years, they would work together to bring major talents to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Acapulco and Monterrey.
At the Aztec Stadium, The Parsons Company, Inc. booked back-to-back sold-out shows for the 90,000-seat capacity space. In 1992, Phyllis assisted the booking of Elton John at the venue for performances that would prove to be groundbreaking. This series produced the first outdoor musical concert in Mexico City as well as the sixth highest grossing concert in the world for 1992.
In the following year, The Parsons Company, Inc. again helped to bring Michael Jackson to the Stadium. The Michael Jackson shows were awarded the #1 top Boxscore of the world by Amusement Business that year, grossing over 12.5 million.
Phyllis Parsons with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
In 1992, Phyllis assisted the booking of Elton John in Mexico for performances that would prove to be groundbreaking.
he Parsons Company won the bid for Canto Nuevo against fierce competition. Chicago presented a total of six sold-out shows in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey.
Major U.S. promoters fought to be involved with the Chicago’s triumphant return, after the band's 16-year absence. The Parsons Company won the bid for Canto Nuevo against fierce competition and also booked Chicago at Mexico City's National Auditorium. It proved to be one of the most successful events of the year. Chicago's previous appearance required the presenters to "pipe" the sound into the parking lot to satisfy the thousands of people outside the Auditorium, unable to get inside. Chicago presented a total of six sold-out shows in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterey. The Mexico City shows were later rated in the top twenty of all international performances of 1993.
Chicago's presence at the then-newly restored National Auditorium in Mexico City boasted four sold-out to the tune of $1,386,003 gross. Amusement Boxscore Magazine reported in its October 14, 1991 edition: "The group last played the venue 16 years ago to overflow crowds and became legends," said Phyllis. "Canto Nuevo--whom Phyllis represented in the U.S.--had been in the concert business for years, but these concerts were their first American talent.
Aztec Stadium 90,000 Seat Capacity-- All Shows SOLD OUT
Elton John: November 13,14, 1992--Mexico City--2 show SOLD OUT
Michael Jackson: 1993: awarded #1 Boxsxcore of the World by Amusement Business
National Auditorium - 9,000 Seat Capacity - All Shows SOLD OUT
Beach Boys: May 1992--1 show SOLD OUT
Chicago: May 1993 - 6 shows SOLD OUT
Chicago: May 2002-SOLD OUT tour
The Beach Boys at Acapulco Festival- 1992
National Baseball Stadium - Monterrey, Mexico
Benito Juarez Auditorium - Guadalahara, Mexico
Chicago: September 1991
The Acapulco Festival/ Televisa - Acapulco, Mexico - 1991-93
Beach Boys , Julio Iglesias , America, Miami Sound Machine, Englbert Humperdink, Jon Sedaca
Dana Carvey, Jay Leno, Mel Torme, Steven Wright, Marcel Marceau, Heart, Reba McEntire, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sistine Chapel Choir, Victor Borge (2 tours), Jim Carrey, Spyro Gyra
BUILDINGS AND THEATERS:
Ella Fitzgerald at The Flint Center
Bay Area Sold-Out Presentations:
Fint Center for the Performing Arts
Cupertino, California 1979 - Current
First show: Ella Fitzgerald
Other Sold-Out Shows: Shilds & Yardell, Victor Borge, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Millsap, Hank Williams Jr., Crystal Gayle, Ben Vereen, San Harris, Drew Carey, Colin & Brad, Bill Cosby, Kenny Loggins, Beastie Boys, ARS, Brad Garrett, Martin Mull, Dana Carvey, Art Garfunkel, Robin Williams (Stadium)
The Aztec Stadium - Mexico City, Mexico
The National Auditorium - Mexico City, Mexico
The Concord Pavilion - Concord, CA
Konocti Field Amphitheatre - Kelseyville, CA
Konocti Showroom - Kelseyville, CA
Marriott's Concert Division - West Coast
The Dee Events Center - Ogden, UT
The Yakima Sun dome - Yakima, WA
Falcon Stadium - Colorado Springs, CO
Sports Arena - Colorado Springs, CO
Morningside Park - Gillette, WY
Visalia Concert/Convention Center - Visalia, CA
Ogden Egyptian Center - Ogden, UT
Konocti Harbor Resort - Kelseyville, CA - Since 1994
Lynyrd Skynyrd , Bad Company , BB King, George Carlin, Billy Ray Cyrus, New Kids on the Block, Ray Charles, Peter Cetera. Earth, Wind & Fire, Joe Diffie, Kenny Rogers, Pat Benetar, Dana Carvey, Neville Brothers, Joe Cocker, Gallagher, Clay Walker, Heart, Salt-n-Pepa, Wynonna, Peter Frampton, Mark Chesnutt, Eddie Money, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, David Lee Roth, Chris Issac, Tim McGraw, Smashmouth, Paul Anka, John Anderson, Righteous Brothers, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tower of Power, Barbara Mandrell, Cheap Trick, Victor Borge, Little Texas, Howie Mandel, Texas Tornados, Everly Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Chicago, Jim Carrey, REO Speedwagon, Rosemary Clooney, Randy Travis, ZZ Top, Smothers Brothers, Natalie Cole, Bill Cosby, Toby Keith, T risha Yearwood, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Jethro Tull, James Brown, Foreigner, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, The Mavericks, Average White Band, Sawyer Brown, Tom Jones, Alison Krauss, George Jones, Cosmo's Factory, John Denver, Jim Belushi & The Sacred Heart, Vince Gill, The Temptations, Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee Hooker, Sammy Kershaw, Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Loverboy, Dave Mason, Weird Al Yankovic, Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, Styx, The Beach Boys, Terri Clark, Joe Walsh
VisaliaConcertCenter - Visalia, CA - Since 1994
Sammy Hagar, Bonnie Raitt, Beach Boys, Collective Soul, Wynonna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steven Curtis Chapman, Goo Goo Dolls, Doobie Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, Martina Mcbride, Huey Lewis, Anne Murray, Ty Herndon, Delirious Tonic, Pedro Fernandez, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Foreigner, Tom Jones, Sky Cries Mary, Ken Mellons, Redman, Everclear, The Refreshments, Luscious Jacksons, Enrique Iglesius, Gladys Knight, Aaron Tippin, George Jones, T risha Yearwood, The Neville Brothers, Matchbox 20, B.B. King, Emerson,Lake&Palmer, D. J. Spooky, Soul Coughing, Weezer, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Victor Borge , Joe Cocker, Rock Never Stops, featuring Ted Nugent, Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, Slaughter
Bank of America Centre, BoiseIdaho- 1999
DC Talk, Ringo Starr, Marshall Tucker Band, Tower of Power, Chicago, Warren Brothers, Molly Hatchett, Dixie Chicks, Julio Iglesias, Faith Hill, Charlie Daniels Band, BB King, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Indiginous, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim McGraw, Peter Frampton
Oak Leaf Productions-Eureka, CA-Since 1996
Tim McGraw, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Edgar Winter, Terri Clark, Clint Black, JoDee Messina, Lila McCann, Blackhawk, Ty Herndon, Collin Raye, Bryan White, Daryle Singletary, Patty Loveless, Faith Hill, Doobie Brothers, Warren Brothers, Tracy Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Toby Keith, Wynonna, Dwight Yoakam, The Wilkinsons, Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis , Martina McBride, Lonestar
Gill Coliseum -Oregon State University-Corvallis, OR
MTV Village Tour in April, 1999 featuring Sugar Ray, Orgy and C Note, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Bill Cosby
CircleStarCenter - San Carlos, CA - 1992 - 1994
Vince Gill, Liza Minelli, Tim A1len, Richard Pryor, Foreigner, Chicago, George Strait, Richard Marx, Joe Walsh, Red Skelton, Linda Ronstadt, John Denver, Ellen Degeneres, Gladys Knight, Elayne Boosler, Judy Collins, Rickey Van Shelton, Jerry Seinfeld, Righteous Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Julio Iglesias, Harry Bellafonte, The Whispers, Howie Mandel, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John Engelbert Humperdink, The Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, Rosemary Clooney, Anne Murray, Freddie Jackson, Jay Leno, KennyG, The Kinks, Steven Wright, Glenn Yarbrough, Kingston Trio, Kenny Loggins, The Manhattan Transfer
Sinbad, Freddie Jackson, BB King, Temptations, Dennis Miller/Rita Rudner, Tom Jones, Chuck Berry, The O'Jays, Everly Brothers, Wayne Newton, Patti Labe1le
Boise State University Pavilion - Boise, ID -1986-1998
Michael Bolton, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, Beach Boys, Doobie Brothers, Richard Marx, Carole King Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Manhattan Transfer, Michael Damian, The Statler Brothers, Donny & Marie Osmond, Anne Murray, Bill Cosby, Jethro Tull, Tina Turner, Michael W. Smith, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakum, Sawyer Brown, Moody Blues, Robert Palmer, The Pointer Sisters, Dana Carvey, Amy Grant, Julio Iglesias, Neil Diamond, Billy Ray Cyrus
Phyllis Parsons and Ringo Starr.
Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO -years
In 1982, the Parsons Company became the first "in-house" buyer for The AirForce Academy, providing entertainment for the Academy's variety of venues ranging from a 2,800-seat theater to a 20,000-seat stadium. The Parson's Company was instrumental in merging contemporary rock and pop artists into the Academy's Country and "Middle of the Road" or MOR format.
The response from the Academy staff and cadets as well as the surrounding community was resounding. The Academy had become a fierce competitor for Colorado and the Western United States.
Jay Leno, Reba McEntire (stadium), Anthrax, The Judds, Kenny Rogers, Primus, Amy Grant, Kenny Loggins, Cheap Trick, Hootie and the Blowfish, Collin Raye, Marcy Playground, Oingo Boingo, Ray Charles, Billy Ocean, Bill Cosby (arena), Richard Marx, Wang Chung, Anne Murray, Bob Newhart, Simple Minds, Eric Johnson, Wayne Newton, Joe Diffie, Brian McNight, Big Head Todd, Dionne Warwick, Rich Little, Peking Acrobats, Pauly Shore, Oak Ridge Boys, Montell Jordan, Babe the Blue Ox, Slaughter, Trixter, Public Enemy, Charlie Daniels Band, Jefferson Starship, The Triplets/Keedy, Firehouse, Spinal Tap, The Go Go's, Drivin & Cryin, Debbie Gibson, Badlands, The Gatlin Brothers, The Outfield, Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, Eddie Money, Toto, Warrant, Joan Jett, Steve Miller Band, T risha Yearwood, Leann Rimes, Smokey Robinson, 38 Special, Little River Band, Ricky Skaggs, Queensryche, Sinbad, Lorrie Morgan, Collective Soul, Bad Company, Night Ranger, Air Supply, The Forester Sisters, Dolly Parton, Rugburns, Sheryl Crow, Jars of Clay
The Dee Events Center - Ogden, UT - 1984-89
Captain & Tenille, Bill Cosby, The Beach Boys , Shields & Yam ell, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton John (2 days-HBO filming), Peter Frampton, Rick Springfield
Concord Pavilion - Concord, CA -1973-1976
Beach Boys, Lily Tomlin, Barry Manilow, The Lennon Sisters, Gladys Knight, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Kenny Rogers, Barry White, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marshall Tucker Band, Ricky Skaggs, John Denver, Natalie Cole, Rich Little
The Parsons Company has also provided entertainment for the following venues (partial list only):
The Detroit Music Hall - Detroit, MI
The Shea Theatre - Buffalo, NY
Heinz Hall - Pittsburg, P A
The Palace Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
The Ohio Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
The Embassy Theatre - Ft. Wayne, IN
The Luther Burbank Center - Santa Rosa, CA
The Variety Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
The Flint Center - Cupertino, CA
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts - San Jose, CA
San Diego State Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA
Town Toyota Centre, Wenatchee, WA
TRAC Center, Pasco, WA
The Great American Music Hall- San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Park/KKSF Jazz Festival- San Francisco, CA
The Spanos Center - Stockton, CA
Foothill University Stadium - Palo Alto, CA
The Marin Center - Marin, CA
Wente Brothers - Livermore, CAVilla Montalva - Saratoga, CA
The Bakersfield Business Conference - Bakersfield, CA
Fox Theatre - Bakersfield, CASelland Arena - Fresno, CA
The Tower Theatre - Fresno, CA
The Arlington Center - Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara County Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA
Sacramento Community Theatre - Sacramento, CA
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Paramount Theatre - Oakland, CA
The Symphony Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
The Marriott Center - Provo, UT
The Morrison Center - Boise, 'ID
Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, Irvine, CA
Celebrity Theatre, Anaheim, CA
The Morrison Center - Boise, 'ID
The Holt Arena - Pocatello, ID
Rushmore Plaza - Rapid City, SD
Beasley Performance Arts Coliseum - Pullman, W A
The Spokane Coliseum - Spokane, W A
Tri-Cities Coliseum - Kennewick, W A
The Camplex - Gillete, WY
The Casper Events Center - Casper, WY
The Brick Breeden Fieldhouse - Bozeman, MT
Adams Fieldhouse - Missoula, MT
The Helena Civic Center - Helena, MT
The Pioneer Theatre - Reno, NV
The Holt Center - Eugene, OR
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts - Anchorage, AK
Celebrity Theatre - Denver, CO
Neal Blaisdell Center - Hawaii
The Morrison Center- Boise, ID
FAIRS & FESTIVALS:
Mid-State Fair-PASO ROBLES, CA -Multiple years
Sting, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, The Baby's, Hall & Oats, The Greg Kihn Band, Bryan Adams, Styx, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Nils Loftgren, Charlie Daniels Band, The Go Go's, Eddie and the Tide
Dixon May Fair - Dixon, CA - 1997,98
The Doobie Brothers, Greg Kihn Band, Norton Buffalo, Clint Black, Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchett, R.E.O. Speedwagon , Kansas, Huey Lewis & the News, Pedro Fernandez, Faith Hill, Marshall Tucker Band, Warren Brothers
The Festival at Sandpoint - 1997,98
George Benson, Martina McBride, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Hal Ketchum, BR5-49, The Doobie Brothers ,Booker T. Jones, John Prine, Guitars & Saxes, John Hiatt, Al Jarreau , Judy Collins, The Robert Cray Band, Little Feat, Mavis Staples, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Suzy Bogguss, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Pretenders, Peter Frampton, Duke Robillard Band, R.B. Morris
The Big Fresno Fair - Fresno, CA -1989 -1993
Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis & The News, Dwight Yoakum, Richard Marx, Firehouse, Sheila E, Charlie Daniels Band, Reba McEntire, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Moody Blues, Foreigner, The Four Tops, The Doobie Brothers, Tony, Toni, Tone
Central Washington State Fair - Yakima, WA -1989 -92
Michael Bolton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dwight Yoakum, Kenny Loggins, Anne Murray, Charlie Daniels, Joan Jett, Michael Damian, Wynonna, Moody Blues, Doobie Brothers, Tanya Tucker, Wayne Newton, Merle Haggard, Aaron Tippin, Martina McBride
The Parsons Company has worked with the following fairs over the years:
Sacramento County Fair, CA Sonoma County Fair, CA Alameda County Fair, CA Salinus County Fair, CA San Mateo County Fair, CA Imperial Fair, CA Stanislaus County Fair, CA Ellis County Fair, CA Kittias County Fair, WI Las Vegas Fair, NV Boise State Fair, ID Dixon May Fair, CA Sandpoint Festival, ID Madera District Fair, CA Amador Fair, CA Silverado County Fair, CA Delmar Fair, CA Ventura County Fair, CA San Luis Obisbo Fair, CA Napa County Fair, CA Manitowac County Fair, WI Nevada County Fair, NV Blackfoot County Fair, ID Jackson County Fair, OR Onion Festival, CA Sacramento County Fair, CA
FUNDRAISER & CORPORATE EVENTS:
Aaron Lewis was featured in the Suicide Prevention Tour organized by the Parsons Company, Inc in 2011 to raise awareness and erase the stigma associated with suicide.
The Parsons Company, Inc. has also fundraised for various social causes, such as Suicide Prevention. In 2009, the office booked a fundraising tour with the band Friends of Emmet (F.O.E.). The purpose of the tour was to raise awareness and erase the stigma associated with suicide.
The title track of this album, "Coming Apart" was written about author and speaker Kevin Hines, who miraculously survived jumping off the Golden Gate bridge in an attempt to end his life. The song conveys a young man's story of survival and hope, one that greatly inspired the band.
In 2014 Parsons Company was contracted to work with Dan Ashley's, "Rock the Casa". Rock the Casa's mission is to provide support for community benefit programs that provide important services to youth in need. We are excited as Melissa Etheridge will be headlining the 2018 "Rock the Casa" in March of 2018.
Phyllis with REO Speedwagon at Rock the CASA! Walnut Creek 2016
If you have worked with The Parsons Company, Inc. in the last decade, there's a pretty good chance that you have worked with Katie Coelho. Mostly behind the scenes, Katie is the "Right Hand" and an integral member to keeping the cog wheels turning here at Parsons. She graduated with a BA in International Relations and Minor in English from the Universirty of California- Davis in 2007. Outside of work, Katie is an active outdoors-woman enjoying all that Northern California has to offer.
In 2010, The Parsons Company, Inc. opened a second office located in the Pacific Northwest, headed by John Drinkwater.He brings years of experience in both production and event management, a history of trust, and is one of the "good guys"!
He was an administrator at Central Washington University for 34 years directing Student Activities and Student Union Management. He holds a Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration. He also managed Production and Operations at the Gorge Amphitheater, assisting it to be selected by Pollstar as the number one outdoor venue in North America for nine straight years. It was here that he met Phyllis over 30 years ago. They began a long history of working together to bring concerts to Central Washington University.
The Parsons Company, Inc. provides full assistance for speaking and concert events, nationwide. For each performance, our offices ensure that clients receive contracts, promotional material, contacts for road managers, promotional contacts, etc., in a timely fashion. We assist our clients in negotiating contract terms so all parties are satisfied. Our involvement with concerts and events is multi-faceted: from agency to management to promotional representative to media to buyer to the audience. We strive to provide everything necessary to ensure the success of every scheduled event.