Who is Sean Healy?
If you want to get onto the Hollywood club scene or just to see what’s new out there – Sean Healy's your man. Healy started by producing and hosting underground performance art shows at his theatre company, and then decided to try one at a nightclub in Hollywood. It was a success so he started helping out bands by getting them shows at clubs.
Sean Healy Presents (HSP) is a company run by artists, with a founder being a former actor and all the employees being active musicians, currently running their own projects. Since 1996, Sean Healy Presents (SHP) has been providing bands a unique booking service focusing on giving local unsigned talent easy access to several clubs throughout the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco area. Aside from the local shows, SHP has thrown events with live performances by notable legends such as George Clinton & P-Funk, Slick Rick, and the Psychedelic Furs. Other shows have included artists such as Digital Underground, Lit, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, The Fixx, Chingy, Black Sheep, Shawn Mullins, Edwin McCain, Too Short, Aceyalone, E-40, DaDa and more. Local artists are often given opportunities to open for such artists.
“A band must be original and have stage presence and be " professional". A band must understand that they can't act like a rock star until they are rock stars” says Sean having on mind “the modest” and professional, The Strokes, Porcelain, Sara Barellies or Tyler Hilton, to list only few whose shows were selling out quick initially. The ticket prices for which must have changed a bit since they started in the beginning with a little help from Sean Healy Presents.
The venues hosting Sean Healy’s events range in size, getting as big as the House of Blues on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, in San Francisco it gets even bigger, reaching the Great American Music Hall.
A good few of them are of greater importance to music lovers all over the nation : House of Blues Sunset Strip (opened in 1994) and located in the heart of West Hollywood hosted the last live performance by Tupac Shakur and Prince with Maceo Parker amongst others .
The Knitting Factory (opened in 1987 by Michael Dorf and Bob Appel in its original location in Manhattan initially was supposed to be an art gallery with a performance space and cafe, as well as a home for experimental music but the club quickly emerged as a home for the sounds that did not neatly fit into the categories of jazz or rock, hosting artists like Sonic Youth, Sound of Urchin, Cassandra Wilson or Bill Frisell. A new club location opened in Los Angeles in 2000 under the parent company of Knitting Factory Entertainment.
Roxy Theatre’s (opened 1973) history is paved with icons beginning with Guns N’ Roses’ pre-stardom shows, through Miles Davis, Jane’s Addiction, to Pearl Jam and many, many others. The place is famous not only for its bright past but also for more current luxuries: among the club’s unique features are comfortable booth seating, full-service and draft bar, and a menu that features a modest array of dishes to keep appetites satisfied. The Roxy’s open dance floor and superb sound facilities offer fans one of the most intimate entertainment experiences around town.
The world-famous Viper Room (opened 1993) hosted the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Counting Crows, Lenny Kravits, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Porno For Pyros, Sandra Bernhardt, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Rodman, and Hunter S. Thompson, as well as an array of other internationally-established artists and the cult favorites of America's underground. This intimate nightclub is styled in the fashion of Harlem's great jazz clubs of the 1920's and holds only 250 people. A tradition that the Viper Room has consistently upheld is to treat unsuspecting patrons to outstanding surprise performances and special guest appearances.
The company (SHP) calls Los Angeles home because “the decision makers are here, so it is the capital”, says Sean, but it doesn’t stop them from sticking their fingers into different cookie jars, they’re already in San Francisco and San Diego, planning on Las Vegas and Portland in the nearest future.