The 6th VenuesNow Conference was nothing short of spectacular as it unfolded on September 27th and 28th at the enchanting Indian Wells in the Greater Palm Springs Area of California. Produced by Oak View Group, the parent company of Pollstar and VenuesNow magazines, this event proved to be a remarkable gathering of industry thought leaders and visionaries.

The panel that featured Steve Selak delved into the exciting world of casino venues and entertainment. The discussion covered a wide range of topics, including how casinos are reshaping the entertainment landscape, emerging trends such as family-friendly artists in casino entertainment, innovative marketing strategies employed by casinos, and the profound impact of post-Covid rules and regulations on the future of casino entertainment.

I was honored to be asked to be on last week’s Pollstar VenuesNow panel as a representative for casinos and casino entertainment buyers. We had a great time in Palm Springs. – Sincerely, Steve Selak

This year’s VenuesNow Conference brought together industry thought leaders and visionaries for two days of engaging content and extensive networking opportunities. The event provided a crucial platform for leaders in the live entertainment facilities industry to explore comprehensive topics, cutting-edge initiatives, and evolving trends shaping the world of venues.

Keynote speakers, panel discussions, and “town halls” at the conference spanned various subjects, such as the role of venues in ticketing solutions, sustainability efforts, digital data privacy, alternative sports content, parking and mobility solutions, new international venues, technological advances in marketing, the future of convention centers, and creative content and strategic partnerships in the context of casino venues.

The VenuesNow Conference, initiated in 2017, has consistently served as a vital forum for industry leaders in live entertainment facilities. It fosters discussions and networking events that revolve around the current and future vision of the industry, addressing cutting-edge initiatives and trends in the world of venues. With two days of programming, the conference covers every facet of the business, including technology, operations, sustainability, security, sanitization, tenants and teams, branding and sponsorships, ticketing, concessions, design, financing, inclusivity, bookings and content, and much more.

Steve Selak’s participation in this panel comes as no surprise, given his extensive experience in recorded music and live entertainment. His multifaceted expertise encompasses music, filmmaking, television, and publishing. As the President of Selak Entertainment, Inc. since 1993, Steve has consistently been the go-to professional for all things related to music and entertainment. His unwavering passion for delivering top-tier live entertainment to casinos, performing arts centers, special events, and large concert venues continues to be a driving force behind his success.

2023 VenuesNow panel from left to right: Natalka Dudynsky – Agent at Wasserman Entertainment, Steve Selak – President of Selak Entertainment, Inc., Christian Printup – Entertainment Director Foxwoods Casino, Deana Baker – Entertainment Director Choctaw Casino Durant, OK, Darius Sabet – Agent at UTA, and Billy Brill – Casino Entertainment Buyer.