Pacific Presentations

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Pacific Presentations was a Los Angeles based concert company started in 1970 by Sepp Donahower, Gary Perkins, and Robert Bogdanovich. It grew out of the ashes of LA's early progressive concert company, Pinnacle Dance Concerts, which was founded in 1967 by Sepp Donahower, Marc Chase and John Van Hamersveld. Pinnacle promoted the early shows of the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Traffic, Cream, The Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Pink Floyd. The Single Wing Turquoise Bird Light Show did many of the multimedia light shows at the Pinnacle Concerts.

Pacific grew into one of the largest concert companies in the United States, promoting thousands of concerts all over the US and Canada. The company established and popularized venues such as the Hollywood Palladium, and the Santa Barbara County Bowl. Pacific put together California Jam in 1974, which set the record for paid attendance. The company also promoted entire tours of Rod Stewart & The Faces all through the 1970s, helping make the artist one of the biggest attractions in the world. In the late 1970s, Gary Perkins, Brian Murphy, and Bob Bogdanovich split from Pacific and formed Avalon Attractions. Danny Kresky was also with Pacific. After around four years, Danny left to start his own company, DKE in Pittsburgh. Donahower stayed with Pacific and promoted tours with Bob Marley & The Wailers and other attractions. Sepp Donahower is currently the sole owner of Pacific Presentations. After Perkins left Avalon a few years later, Irving Azoff and Bob Getties bought into Avalon and it was sold to SFX a few years later. SFX was then sold to Clear Channel, and Clear Channel spun off their concert company into Live Nation, which now has merged with Ticketmaster. The late Brian Murphy was heading up AEG West until his recent passing. Irving Azoff is now partnered up with Madison Square Garden and has also formed a new entity with former AEG head Tim Leiweke, Oak View Group. Gary Perkins was tragically killed in an automobile accident in December 2014. Sepp Donahower is a music business and media consultant in California and New York, and currently works with Downsound Entertainment Ltd based in Kingston Jamaica producing Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica, and runs Downsound Entertainment's New York office. He is working on setting up multiple venues and expanding Reggae Sumfest globally.