by Jim Nintzel
The Rialto Theatre, which remains tangled up in a battle with would-be downtown developers Don Martin and Scott Stiteler, got some good news today: Pollstar's mid-year rankings showed that the theatre was ranked No. 42 on the list of Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues, based on ticket sales. That's a jump from the venue's previous ranking of No. 58.
Rialto Theatre Foundation Executive Director Doug Biggers, TW's founder and my good friend (in the interest of full disclosure), notes that the ranking puts the Rialto ahead of places like Portland's Crystal Ballroom (a very cool concert hall where I saw Calexico perform last year) and Las Vegas' House of Blues.
Biggers credits the success to Curtis McCrary, the theatre's booking agent and general manager (and also an occasional TW contributor and good friend of mine). So say we all, Curtis—and a belated thanks to you for securing the only Wilco performance in Arizona this summer, too. They rocked Centennial Hall!