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Brooklyn Bowl, ranked the #1 busiest club in NYC and #7 busiest club in the world in 2017 (Pollstar), is the ultimate night out, with its groundbreaking integration of premiere music, 16 lanes of bowling, a bar featuring locally crafted beers, and food by the acclaimed Blue Ribbon restaurant group. Located in the beautiful, 19th-century Hecla Iron Works building, the venue -- aka "rock and roll heaven" (Village Voice) -- boasts a sound system and amenities that "no other local rock club can offer" (The New York Times).
Wearing its homegrown values on its sleeve, Brooklyn Bowl is as committed to locally made products -- serving award-winning beer from the adjacent Brooklyn Brewery -- as it is to environmental sustainability -- it's the first L.E.E.D.-certified bowling alley in the world and serves paper straws. And the food? "Epic," says Eater. In other words, Brooklyn Bowl's unprecedented combination of top-flight music, bowling, beer and food is "like nailing a spare on a four-ten split" (The New Yorker).
With over fifteen years’ experience in event management, brand partnerships, and hospitality, Dana Bartle is the Event Director for Brooklyn Bowl’s flagship Brooklyn location. Bartle’s breadth of expertise is as unique, unorthodox and multi-faceted as the venue’s outstanding programming.
Bartle began her career in 2002 at New York’s venerable Il Buco restaurant group, where she struck up a conversation with the restaurant manager and was hired on the spot. Starting as a bartender and eventual event manager, Il Buco also put Bartle through sommelier training, and she became the restaurant’s first and still-only female sommelier. Juggling disparate roles – bartender, sommelier, event manager – Bartle came to understand the storytelling elements that bind any great event or undertaking. In her seven years with the restaurant group, she built the company’s events business from the occasional to-do – a wedding here, a chef’s table there – to a formidable enterprise that ran the gamut from wine tastings to buyouts to celebrity and A-list events. During this time, Bartle also received a scholarship to The New School’s Documentary Media Studies program, throwing her into a course of hands-on film study before she’d so much as picked up a camera.
In 2006, Bartle dove into filmmaking while juggling a Friday-to-Monday schedule at the restaurant. She also produced fundraisers for her filmmaker peers, gathering auction items, finding DJs, sourcing vendors and securing the right rooms. Bartle went on to start her own production company, a move that took her everywhere from Detroit, where she worked with the Dilla Foundation and the formidable Ma Dukes, to multiple locations in Brazil for a band’s six-week tour documentary. When the economy collapsed, Bartle’s filmmaking focus drifted into the corporate documentary field, which, while lucrative, simply wasn’t a fit.
In December of 2010, Bartle made the move to Brooklyn Bowl, and it was her breadth of knowledge – film, wine, music, hospitality and business-building – that made her the right match for the venue. Driven to pair venue’s strengths and uniqueness to the array of potential clients New York has to offer, Bartle has increased the venue’s now multi-million dollar event receipts by over 600%, bringing in dozens of weddings, bar mitzvahs, product launches, and brand takeovers. In a city with dramatically decreasing independent venues, Brooklyn Bowl’s success has been nothing short of an explosion: Bartle has run city events for the Bloomberg Foundation, a mayoral celebration and birthday party. Then-President Obama’s only Brooklyn fundraiser was a hard-fought competition amongst venues, and Bartle juggled three secret service details to bring it to Brooklyn Bowl. For VH1’s Live Super Bowl broadcast, Bartle managed two days of lighting setup and multiple steadi-cams. She has organized the build-out of a full-sized boxing ring in the middle of the venue, and so much more.
In an industry fraught with last-minute challenges, Bartle handles obstacles with assertiveness, dedication, and an incomparable readiness to adjust on the fly, which she takes care to handle personally. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bartle’s seven years have soldiered on without a single event implosion or meltdown. “I’m at virtually all our events, even though I don’t have to be,” she says. “Expectations are built on trust, and that trust makes it personal.” In fact, the easiest place to find Bartle is at her venue, walkie on her belt as she moves from the floor to the production office to front-of-house. “If you’re invested, if you really get a client’s vision and you’re telling a story with them, there’s always a way forward.”
Lucas Sacks is the Talent Buyer at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s been a part of the Brooklyn Bowl Talent department for nearly 6 years, where he books & oversees multi-departmental coordination of upwards of 550 concerts & music-related events per year.
Prior to Brooklyn Bowl, Lucas served a brief stint at Velour Music Group as a day-to-day manager for acts Gramatik, Break Science, & Kaki King.
Lucas graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from the Bandier Program for Music & Allied Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University.
During his college tenure, he booked shows with Best Coast, Gramatik, Titus Andronicus, Caveman, & Mike Kinsella, among others. During summers, he interned for Velour Music Group, Soulive’s Royal Family Affair, All Points West, Concerts at Governor’s Island, BB King’s Blues Club, Highline Ballroom, Blue Note Jazz Club, Canal Room, Kathryn Schenker Management, Live Nation UK Marketing.
Lucas resides in Brooklyn, a few minutes walk from Brooklyn Bowl.
Independent music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s eclectic career path has encompassed a range of celebrated projects. His experience operating the iconic rock club, Wetlands in New York City inspired his recent venue projects: opening multiple Brooklyn Bowls and the restoration of The Capitol Theatre.
In 2014, Shapiro entered into an exclusive deal with Phil Lesh, by which the Grateful Dead co-founder performed at Shapiro’s venues and events. In July 2015, Shapiro created Fare Thee Well, Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. The heralded event took place over five nights at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area and Soldier Field in Chicago, earning acclaim as “the biggest concert by one band in America. (Rolling Stone)”
Shapiro is the founder of Lockn’, an annual four-day music festival defined by its creative, collaborative programming, which has drawn over 30,000 fans to a farm in rural Arrington, VA. He also created Jazz & Colors, an experiential music event held in such iconic locations as New York City’s Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with Chicago’s Field Museum.
He serves as publisher of Relix Media Group overseeing the iconic print publication Relix Magazine, the highly trafficked music website Jambands.com and digital ad agency, Hear & There. Billboard acknowledged the collective success of his endeavors by naming him to their Power 100 lists of 2015 and 2016.
Some of his other projects include the Jammy Awards, America’s largest Earth Day event and the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access. He also co-founded the retail / online brand, Stone Fox Bride. In 2017, Shapiro oversaw the live steam broadcast of the Women’s March, and served as Executive Producer of the March for Science on Washington’s National Mall.
Shapiro sits on the board of a number of civic and charitable organizations, including: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (where he is a voting member), New York Public Radio, New York City Parks’ Arts Committee, Central Park Summerstage, HeadCount and The Lowline. He also co-founded the environmental consulting firm Green Order.
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