Eli Anderson, pictured in the Croc's old-school confines last year
This just in from Croc publicist Kerri Harrop:
"Eli Anderson has been hired as the Talent Buyer for the club, and Roy Atizado has been hired as Director of Live Entertainment."
Anderson worked as the Crocodile's booker up until it's final days last December. Atizado is a veteran of the industry who has worked in a broad range of roles in the industry for the last two decades, most recently as the GM for Chop Suey and has an extensive background in production, a big plus for a venue that hopes to attract national touring acts. And speaking of attracting national touring acts...
Continues Harrop: "In addition to the fine local team of Eli and Roy, the Croc has also hooked up with the Doug Fir in Portland to help out with some of the booking. The Doug Fir will assist with national touring bands, and ensure that the Crocodile receives the same fine quality of booking that takes place in one of our all-time favorite Rose City rooms."
"We’re still a long way off from opening the doors, but, if everything goes according to schedule, look for the grand opening to take place sometime in late January or early February, 2009. There are some good surprises in store, and I am confident that the room will sound great. I spent a good chunk of time talking with [soundman] Jim Anderson this week, and he’s really giving it his all."
Good news on all fronts...and hearty congrats to Eli and Roy!