Mike Schreibman

Concert Promotion

Since the late sixties, Michael Schreibman has produced hundreds of concerts at most of the Washington area concert halls, including DAR Constitution Hall, The Kennedy Center, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Carter Barron Amphitheater, Warner Theatre, Lisner Auditorium, RFK Stadium, as well as most area college concert facilities. He has also produced concerts in many other markets.

Mike has worked with some of the most important names in the entertainment industry and has a reputation for discovering and developing new talent. He presented the first Washington, DC area concert appearance of such stars as Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, Supertramp, Ozzie Osborn, Pat Benatar, The Clash, Joe Jackson and many more.

In 1976 Mike Schreibman was responsible for the reopening of the Warner Theatre, a 2000 seat acoustically perfect vaudeville house which had been closed for a number of years. The reopening successfully demonstrated that this theater, which had been thought of as a run down movie house in the "wrong location," could be a viable hall for the presentation of popular music and live theater. The Warner, one of the first businesses to return to the then fading Downtown, is now an important part of Washington cultural life.

The BAYOU night club, of Georgetown, in 1978 was a failing rock and roll dance hall. Using his expertise in booking and creative marketing, Mike transformed the Bayou into the most important musical showcase in Washington; it became a necessary part of the national tours of developing and middle range musical artists. The Bayou was sold two years later for nearly twice the 1978 asking price.

Mike is frequently called upon as an advisor to other promoters, concert halls, musicians, and radio and TV marketing directors. He has produced numerous concerts to help sell the good will and products of private enterprise.

He has been very active in producing benefit concerts for political campaigns and non-profit causes. For many years Schreibman coordinated a series of free concerts in the parks for the National Park Service "Summer in the Parks" program, including concerts on the Washington Monument Grounds.

In 1984, Mike became a founding member and Vice-president of The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), a non-profit organization created to raise the profile of the D.C. music scene, both locally and nationally.

Career Highlights

  • 1964-66
    Managed GROOVIES ... a Georgetown club featuring classic films

  • 1967
    Publicist/Concessions Manager for The AMBASSADOR THEATRE..... a rock theatre which featured such up and coming artists as Jimi Hendrix, Vanilla Fudge, The Hollies, The Youngbloods...

  • 1967
    Managed SHOWBOAT LOUNGE ... a Jazz club...the home of Charlie Bryd.

  • 1968-Present

  • 1968
    Produced his first concert...Country Joe & The Fish, Iron Butterfly at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

  • 1969
    Presented The Who & Led Zeppelin in concert together at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Reserved seats were $5.75, Lawn seats were $3.75)

  • 1969
    Manager/Co-owner EMERGENCY ... a 200 seat non-alcoholic rock club which featured The Kinks, Cold Blood, Bob Seger, Fairport Convention, Renaissance...

  • 1969-73
    Along with Richard Harrington, published WOODWIND ... an arts newspaper, Washington, D.C.

  • 1976

  • 1978-80
    Revitalized THE BAYOU nightclub in Georgetown.

  • 1984
    Booked ADAMS and THE WAX MUSEUM, Co-founded WAMA.

  • 1985
    Booked the ROXY nightclub.

  • 1985-Present
    Produced The WAMMIES and the WAMA CROSSTOWN JAM.

  • 1986
    Co-producer The SELDOM SCENE'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - The KENNEDY CENTER with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs.

  • 1988
    Operated DYLAN'S CAFE in Georgetown, Agent & Co-Manager for THE SELDOM SCENE, Booked THE BIRCHMERE.

  • 1989
    Stage Manager, Rehearsal Coordinator & Assistant Talent Coordinator for THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL CONCERT - A CELEBRATION FOR YOUNG AMERICANS.

  • 1991
    Elected President/Executive Director of WAMA.

  • 1993
    Received The 1993 Tony Taylor Award from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington for his support of the arts.

  • 1994, 1995
    Voted Most Supportive of Washington Music by the Washington Area Music Association. (Subsequently removed his name from consideration)

  • 1997
    Received the Bob Devlin Memorial Award from Hungry For Music given to the person who exemplifies Devlin's generosity and his enthusiasm for music.

Artists Presented:

  • 38 Special, Joan Armatrading, B-52's, The Beach Boys, Jeff Beck, Captain Beefheart, Pat Benatar, Billy Bragg, The Busboys, The Byrds, The Clash, Joe Cocker, Ry Cooder, Dire Straits, The Flying Burrito Bros, Bob Geldolf & the Boomtown Rats, Hall & Oates, Joe Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, Nils Lofgren, Los Lobos, Dave Mason, Steve Miller, Molly Hatchet, NRBQ, Ozzie Ozborn, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Todd Rundgren, Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen, Squeeze, Stephen Stills - Manassas, Supertramp, The Tubes, The Who, Jesse Colin Young, Warren Zevon.
  • Karla Bonoff, David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Donovan, Jonathan Edwards, Fairport Convention, Steven Forbert, Nanci Griffith, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, Leo Kottke, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Roger McGuinn, Holly Near, Randy Newman, Danny O'Keefe, Claudia Schmidt, John Sebastian, Steeleye Span, Livingston Taylor, Suzanne Vega, Cheryl Wheeler, Jesse Winchester.
  • Asleep at the Wheel, Razzy Bailey, Crystal Gayle, Mickey Gilley, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Lee, George Jones, Bill Monroe, Seldom Scene, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doc Watson.
  • JAZZ
  • Tony Bennett, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Stephane Grappelli, Keith Jarrett, Les McCann, Melissa Manchester, Pat Metheny, Passport, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Rollins, Weather Report, Tony Williams.
  • Chuck Berry, The Chiffons, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chuck Jackson, Jan & Dean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Preston, Sam & Dave, The Shirelles, Percy Sledge, Carla Thomas, Jr Walker & the Allstars.
  • Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Linton Kwezy Johnson, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Toots & the Maytals, Peter Tosh, The Wailers, Yellowman.
  • Sandra Bernhardt, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Klein, Jay Leno, National Lampoon Show (featuring: John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, & Paul Schaffer), Second City, Henny Youngman.
  • Bobby Bland, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Arthur Cruddup, Willie Dixon, Catfish Hodge, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Freddie King, Albert King, B.B. King, Professor Longhair, John Mayall, Delbert McClinton, The Neville Brothers, The Nighthawks, The Radiators, The Spinners, Koko Taylor, Allen Toussaint, Jimmie Vaughn, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Louis Walker.
  • The WAMA Crosstown Jam; The Presidential Inaugural - A Celebration for Young Americans 1989; The Rocky Horror Show; The Wammies

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