PromoWest Business Profile
PromoWest Productions was founded in 1983 by Scott Stienecker to bring quality, big-name entertainment to Central Ohio. After 24 years in business and producing over 5,000 events, PromoWest Productions continues to be one of the largest, full-service, premier independent entertainment companies in the country.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, PromoWest Productions owns and operates its own venues: THE LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement, A&R Music Bar and Stage AE. PromoWest Productions also provides concert and special event booking and performance services for other operators including booking, sponsorship acquisition, marketing, security, staging, and financial management.
Recognized as one of the nation’s most successful independent promoters, President Scott Stienecker has staged several noteworthy Columbus concerts. Retained by The Ohio State University in 1997 to produce the U2 and Rolling Stones concerts at the OSU Stadium, he also staged the first evening concerts at Cooper Stadium and the Brewery District. He has booked the nation’s most popular entertainers into Columbus venues. Stienecker won applause for his management of the Ohio State Fair live national entertainment. Through his efforts, the Fair enjoyed substantial savings on talent while attracting one of the largest crowds in its history.
PromoWest Productions was the original developer of the Polaris Amphitheater, forming a partnership, which successfully launched the outdoor concert venue. PromoWest’s expertise led to consulting work during construction of the Schottenstein Arena.
In October 2001, PromoWest Productions opened America’s first indoor/outdoor concert and special event venue, PromoWest Pavilion (Currently named THE LC, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion). Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, located in the Arena District in downtown Columbus, brings a variety of high profile, world-class performers.
In 2003, PromoWest Productions assumed management of the building located next door to the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion and opened as Fat Eddie’s Bar. Fat Eddie’s was extended in February 2005 with the opening of The Basement on the lower level; hosting local and small national and regional bands.
Company History & Timeline
1981 Scott Stienecker interns with rock impresario Bill Graham in San Francisco
1983 PromoWest Productions, founded by Scott Stienecker, begins operations in Columbus, Ohio
1984 Opens Newport Music Hall on OSU Campus after demise of Columbus Agora Theater
1984 Books first national artist – Neil Young at Newport Music Hall
1987 Forms partnership with Sunshine Promotions (Indianapolis) to develop an outdoor amphitheater
1989 Forms in-house agency – PWP Advertising
1991- 1999 In conjunction with Columbus Parks & Recreation, produced Holiday In Lights at Griggs Reservoir
1993 Formed Event Control Management (ECM). 250 employees providing staffing services for most major venues in Central Ohio
1993 Over 50,000 visit PromoWest’s Demon Pen. Approval by the City mark’s first time Pen is open to public and operated by a private organization
1993 Assumes management of live, national artist entertainment at the Ohio State Fair
1994 Opens Polaris Amphitheater with Sunshine Promotions (Indianapolis) and Belkin Productions (Cleveland).
1995 Scott Stienecker named Business First’s 40 Under 40
1995-2000 Begins staging successful outdoor Brewery District concerts - acts include Hootie & The Blowfish, B.B. King, Grand Funk Railroad and more
1997 Sells interest in Polaris Amphitheater
1997 Assumes ownership and management of the Agora Theater in Cleveland
1997 Hired by OSU to stage two mega concerts at the Stadium, U2 and The Rolling Stones
1997 Launches Scarefactory – PromoWest division that creates animated creatures and effects for special events and displays
1998 Hired by OSU to produce largest country concert to date at Stadium – George Strait.
1998 Produces nation’s largest radio-produced Countryfest concerts for WGAR in Cleveland
1998 Sells Scarefactory operations with offices and production facility on Fifth Ave.
2001 Opens PromoWest Pavilion – America’s first indoor/outdoor concert venue
2003 Opens Fat Eddie’s Bar next to PromoWest Pavilion
2004 PromoWest Productions sold its interest in the Cleveland Agora
2005 PromoWest Productions sold its interest in ECM
2005 PromoWest Productions opens The Basement
2005 PromoWest Pavilion receives a naming right’s sponsorship contract with Lifestyle Communities
2006 Reopens Fat Eddie’s Bar as the House of Crave
2008 PromoWest Productions launches PromoWest Digital Media - allowing us the ability to record, stream and repurpose all of the shows we produce via the web and our "in-house television network" of 26 high definition screens and displays.
2009 Reopens House of Crave as the A&R Music Bar
2009 PromoWest Productions launches the first locally produced live music show "PromoWest Live" featuring interviews and performances from the biggest names in music.
2010 PromoWest Productions opens the country's second indoor/outdoor concert venue "Stage AE" in Pittsburgh, PA.