Nashville Live Music Veteran Stephen Gudis Passes Away


Stephen Gudis

Nashville live music veteran Stephen Gudis passed away on Jan. 6.

After decades in the business, Gudis’ career stops included work in event production, tour/stage management and promotion. He most recently served as television stage manager for Farm Aid, as well as production stage manager for Event Production LLC. He founded The Production Department, LLC and was a board member of the Parnelli Awards.

Gudis began his work in Nashville working for Pace Concerts in 1989. He would eventually work on the Country Music Award shows, as well as with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Charlie Daniels. Gudis has also been credited for producing the Concert Industry Consortium (CIC), the predecessor conference to Pollstar Live!, in Nashville.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. at Congregation Micah in Brentwood, Tenn.. A Celebration of Life Event will take place in a few weeks, with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to MusiCares or the Tennessee Kidney Foundation.


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