Paragon Presents is a live entertainment promoter headquartered in the live music capital of the world; Austin, Texas. Paragon was founded by two long-standing independent promoter groups, TAG Presents and Nederlander Concerts, together bringing more than 60 years combined experience in the music industry. But more importantly, both groups share the independent ideals that the live music industry was founded upon, and are committed to bringing live music back to its roots.
Live music should be focused on connecting with the fans hearts, not on connecting with their wallets. It should be about creativity, joy and the connection fans feel. Paragon’s mission is to bring back that independence and creativity that originally permeated live music and put the focus back on the fans experience. Named ‘Paragon’ for its exemplary, best-in-class ideas, this new partnership’s goal is to create the most fan-centric experience during live events, making the fan feel like a star.
Paragon is dedicated to raising the bar of what the best live experience should feel like for the fans and artists at every show. Because the experience may change over the years, but the philosophy behind it shouldn’t. Focus on the fans and give them what they want.
TAG Presents was founded in 2007 by Paul Thornton, a 20 year veteran of the live entertainment industry, to promote world-class major events. Since then TAG has entertained millions of fans at some of the world’s highest profile events including the Formula 1 US Grand Prix, ESPN X Games, Austin Fan Fest, RedFest, The Honda Ski Tour, Jeep’s 48Straight, and other high profile concerts and events. Recently, TAG led the design and management of the 14,000 capacity Austin360 Amphitheater, which won Pollstar’s Best New Major Venue in 2013.
Prior to starting TAG, Thornton was the Founder and President of Bravo Entertainment. Over the course of 13 years Thornton grew Bravo from a start-up to more than 200 employees, producing 700 events per year across 19 states, and owning and operating multiple venues. Bravo became the largest live events promoter in the Northwest US, and annually a top ten promoter for ticket sales in North America. Thornton sold Bravo and its venues in 2007. Learn more at www.tagpresents.com
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Nederlander Concerts promotes and produces a wide range of quality live entertainment across the United States. This family-owned, boutique event promotion firm exclusively operates and programs the most coveted and awarded small to mid-size venues including the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, City National Grove of Anaheim and City National Civic of San Jose. In addition, the company promotes events at third party arenas, theaters and clubs up and down the coast including the Greek Theatre, Galen Center at the University of Southern California, San Diego Civic, RIMAC Arena at UC San Diego and Raley Field in Sacramento. Learn more at www.nederlanderconcerts.com