Michael Bishop is back in the booking game.
The former talent buyer at Brighton Music Hall has joined up with the newly renovated and rebooted Somerville venue the Rockwell, partnering his M.I.C. Presents agency with the Davis Square club in what’s being called an “alliance.”
Already a forum for theatre, comedy, and performing arts, the Rockwell has enlisted Bishop to expand its music programming, particularly in the area of local acts and touring bands and artists passing through the Boston area. Among the first batch of touring acts to roll through are The Voice season eight winner Sawyer Fredericks (December 19), Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld (January 29), and Seattle/Australia electronic pop duo Vallis Alps (February 24).
“We’re extremely excited to partner with M.I.C. Presents and Somerville can expect even more exceptional artists and outstanding programming at approachable prices,” says Rockwell executive director Damon Leibert. “The Rockwell plans to expand our programming in 2017 and we’re grateful to continue Ken Kelly’s legacy of bringing the arts to the local community.”
Formerly known as the Davis Square Theatre and located at 255 Elm St., the Rockwell underwent a transformation a few months back, updating its look and equipment as well as its name. Bishop is excited for the opportunity.
“After a number of phone calls and a few chats with Damon, we realized our backgrounds and resources could mutually benefit each other,” he says. “Many established artists are looking for intimate venues and with a hidden gem like the Rockwell right at their fingertips, we now can provide more high-end entertainment to Somerville.”