BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Lafayette-native Alex Bowen has not officially started his first day on the job, yet he already has one major success under his belt; a show that sold out in 30 minutes.
“Technically I start working full time on Monday,” Bowen said. “I think this [the Varsity] is one of the best venues in Louisiana. I’m really looking forward to booking here.”
As the talent buyer for the Varsity, Bowen will be responsible for booking and scheduling artists to perform at the club located on Highland Road. The show that has everyone buzzing is a special performance by the Flaming Lips. Tickets to the show on June 28 went on sale at 10:00 a.m. this morning and within 30 minutes they were all gone. This was accomplished with virtually no advertising. Those who scored one of the coveted tickets will be front-and-center for a show that could be part of setting a World’s Record.
The Flaming Lips will attempt to perform eight shows within 24-hours with the Varsity show being the second to last stop. The band will travel by tour bus across three states.
“Wayne [lead vocalist for Flaming Lips] has always been an innovator, so it should be pretty cool to see if they pull it off. Logistically, I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to organize all of that,” Bowen said with a laugh.
The logistic nightmare is part of the O Music Awards, which is a website run by Viacom Music Group. The 24-hour “award show” will feature this record breaking attempt by the Flaming Lips from beginning to end.
Performing alongside The Flaming Lips for the Baton Rouge show will be the Louisiana-based band Givers, who have gained a strong national reputation.
Putting more local bands on the stage at the Varsity is something Bowen hopes to continue as he moves forward as the new talent buyer.
“I love local bands,” Bowen said. “One of my strong points is developing acts and helping to build them up. I take a lot of pride in artist development.”
Diversity in artist selection is another goal.
“I want to bring as many different genres of music to the Varsity as possible,” he said. “I don’t want to necessarily stereotype to one group of people. I want there to be variety.”