Music promoters and Quietdrive featured at MSUM Music Industry Summit

The fourth annual MSUM Music Industry Summit is set for Thursday, Nov. 11 on the MSUM campus.

The event begins with ‘Life as a Music Promoter,’ a discussion that takes place on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts from 10 to 11:30 a.m. by Jade Nielson, founder and president of Jade Presents, an entertainment production company based in Fargo.

Nielson and his company handle all booking for The Venue at The Hub, the Fargo Theatre and Trollwood Arts’ Imagine Theatre. He’s worked with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and B.B. King, as well as country legend Willie Nelson and emerging acts like 3OH!3, Ingrid Michaelson and Avenged Sevenfold. He has promoted George Carlin and best-selling authors David Sedaris and Garrison Keillor, and produced festival dates for Rockstar’s UPROAR Festival, Van’s Warped Tour and Q98’s QFest. Industry trade magazine Pollstar named Jade Presents one of the Top 100 Worldwide Promoters consistently since 2003.

Kevin Lyman, producer and creator of the Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music and extreme sports festival in the world today, talks about his work as a promoter at 1 p.m. on the Gaede Stage. A panel discussion with Neilson, Lyman and members of the band Quietdrive follows Lyman and continues until 3 p.m. The Summit culminates with a concert by Quietdrive at 8 p.m. in Comstock Memorial Ballroom.

“The Summit will be a great opportunity for students and the public to engage with Jade Nielsen and Kevin Lyman, regional and national music industry figures,” notes MSUM music faculty member Simon Rowe. “Quietdrive will also offer us a behind the scenes glimpse at their lives as a fast-rising band with a mission.”

Quietdrive is a pop punk band formed in 2002 in Minneapolis. The band released When All That’s Left Is You in 2006 on Epic Records. They left Epic in 2008 and released Deliverance with the Militia Group. Deliverance made it to the top of the Alternative Rock charts. Fargo-Moorhead is one of the stops on their 29-city tour promoting their latest album, Close Your Eyes.

The Summit is a project of MSUM’s Dragon Entertainment, the music industry program of the music department, and MEISA (Music Education and Industry Students Association). For more information about the daytime events, contact Simon Rowe at (218) 477-2103 or For tickets to the Quietdrive concert, call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 or buy online at

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