Emporium Presents’s Jason Zink grew up just outside the Ohio border in Kentucky. From the end of his street, Zink could look over the Ohio River and see Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati where he would get his first job as a promoter.
“I generally spent my summers over (at Riverbend) because I would walk under the bridge from Kentucky to Ohio before I could drive,” Zink told Amplify. “Next to Riverbend was the local horse racing track. That was my misspent youth, going over there every day when I was 14.”
His brother was a stagehand at Riverbend and helped Zink get a summer job doing lighting at the venue. After attending college at Miami University in Ohio, Zink landed an internship at Riverbend with Nederlander Concerts, who were operating the venue at the time.
Little did Zink know that spending those days betting at the racetrack would be akin to his career as a concert promoter.
“There are certainly some similarities there,” Zink said. “As opposed to horse racing, what I like about promoting is that you can actually increase your odds by doing a good job. It’s not just rolling the dice. There is certainly some gut feel to it, but there is a lot of research and a lot of data that you can look at as well.”
Amplify caught up with Zink to see how his gambles have paid off and what Emporium Presents is up to now.
Yeah. We grew up going to River Bend to see shows. Because my older brother had worked as a stagehand, we had access on occasion to some free tickets to things like opening night of a Broadway show. I got some