Photo Spread: Octagon Ent., Bill Anderson, Edens Edge

Octagon Entertainment and Ramblin Music hosted an open house and block party earlier this month to mark Octagon’s official Music City launch. The sports and entertainment management firm expanded into Nashville with the hiring of Sr. VP/GM Stuart Dill.

Pictured (L-R): Zac Koffler (Octagon Ent. Nashville, Manager), Stuart Dill (Octagon Ent. Nashville, SVP/GM), Brian Rabolli (Octagon Ent. LA, VP/Business Affairs), Jo Dee Messina (Octagon Artist), Kyell Thomas (Octagon Ent. LA, Manager), Laura Bell Bundy (Octagon Artist), Lo Bosworth (Octagon Ent. LA, Manager), Christianne Amodio (Octagon Ent. LA, Coordinator), Phillip de Picciotto (Octagon, President), Gene Brooks (Ramblin Muisc, Owner), Cliff Downs (Ramblin Music, President), and John Ferriter (Octagon Ent., Managing Director)

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Whisperin’ Bill Anderson celebrated the naming of a venue in his honor recently in Commerce, Ga. Plans for the center began in 1997 during a celebration for the 40th Anniversary of WJJC Radio, where Anderson once worked as a DJ. From that discussion, the City Lights Festival was created and named for the hit song Anderson wrote as a teenager living in Commerce. The event evolved into a decade of annual concerts to raise funds for a performing arts center within the Commerce High School, which is called the Bill Anderson Performing Arts Center.

Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson opens his namesake performing arts center.

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The Academy of Country Music welcomed Big Machine Records band Edens Edge to its offices while they were in Los Angeles. While at the Academy, they performed their current Top 40 hit single, “Amen” and signed up for professional ACM membership.

Pictured (L-R): Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music; Edens Edge’s Cherrill Green: R.A. Clark, Executive Producer of the Academy of Country Music Awards; Edens Edge’s Hannah Blaylock and Dean Berner. Photo: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy ACM

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