Anyone who's been to Seattle's Bumbershoot festival in the past 17 years has enjoyed the work of Chris Porter, whether they know it or not. As Head of Music Programming for the festival, Porter oversees every aspect of the booking process. Ten months out of the year, Porter puts together what he refers to as the "jigsaw puzzle" on a large whiteboard in his small office. Before moving to Seattle, Porter worked as a booker at such beloved Boston area venues as Bunratty's and The Middle East, and as a band manager and musician.
We recently caught up with the man himself to talk about his humble beginnings, Boston vs. Seattle and what advice he has for those coming up in the business.