The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.
Ep. 023: Jere Righter - Artistic Director, Croswell Opera House
Operating a 155 year old theater is tough enough. Now throw a global pandemic into the mix. But Jere Righter, Artistic Director of the Croswell Opera House, makes it look easy.
Ep. 022: David '5-1' Norman - Tour Director / Tour Manager
Few people in the music business have covered as much ground as today’s guest (figuratively AND literally)! As tour manager for artists in rock, pop, R&B, country, and EDM, he keeps everything organized.
Ep. 021: Jon Diener - News & Updates
A quick update episode!
Ep. 020: Bob Potsic - Singer/Musician
It’s been said that some people just have a musical gift. Well, if that’s true, then this guy got Santa’s entire sleigh full. He sings opera, he plays bass, he music directs, and he teaches. In short, Bob makes music.
Ep. 019: Dave Cohen - Nashville Session Player, Producer, Songwriter
Nashville-based keyboardist Dave Cohen has since played on countless No. 1 hits by country music’s biggest stars. He also writes and produces when not playing sessions.
Ep. 018: Josh Keller - Music Director, Performer
Josh Keller wears a lot of hats - vocal & instrumental music instructor, accompanist, pit musician, and performer. But today we’re discussing his role as music director in the world of musical theater.
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Beyond my expectations! MUST LISTEN!
I should start out by saying this is not my typical podcast genre, I tend to lean towards political podcasts. That being said, I love this podcast. It really makes me appreciate the work that people put into their craft and the true enjoyment they get from it. I love the personal stories and the host asks really insightful and interesting questions to all of his guests! Be sure to check out!
Good show. Can’t wait to hear what’s coming up
Highly recommended! This is a interesting look (listen) at what goes on to make the shows you like tick. If you've ever seen a show that looked and sounded great you can bet there were a lot of people working together "Beyond the Spotlight" to make it all happen.
For anyone whose ever been to a live concert or theatre event!
This is such a cool look behind the scenes of live concert or musical theatre events. These are the people who make things look and sound great without you even noticing, super interesting.