Final weekend, Buffalo Commons introduced down the home on the Hayden Middle, and the happiest particular person within the venue could effectively have been Yampa Valley Leisure’s, Nick LaGorga.
“I actually wished my enterprise to be situated proper right here in Hayden,” LaGorga stated of his new startup. “There are lots of people shifting right here from Steamboat, and different locations, and we simply don’t have very a lot a nightlife proper now.”
LaGorga, who lives in Hayden, is hoping his new enterprise enterprise Yampa Valley Leisure will change that and his plan is to convey new leisure choices to Hayden together with regional expertise, and sometime larger title entertainers.
Mathew Mendisco, Hayden City Supervisor, was additionally thrilled Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, when individuals from Hayden, Steamboat and Craig packed into the 300-seat auditorium on the Hayden Middle to get pleasure from buddies, music and even just a little dancing within the aisles of the previous highschool auditorium.
“Buffalo Commons was final weekend, and it rocked the Hayden heart,” Mendisco stated. “Everyone had a ton of enjoyable, and all people who was on the live performance was nice.”
Mendisco stated it was additionally rewarding that the corporate dealing with the video and sound, in addition to different features of the present, is owned and operated by Hayden’s LaGorga, who earned $10,000 in Hayden’s first enterprise pitch competitors.
“Nick is beginning to take that seed cash, and he’s actually beginning to develop, and that’s the entire level,” Mendisco stated. “We had the plans to do a live performance collection and every thing else, however having a partnership with him — as a result of he is aware of Buffalo Commons and a number of different issues — it makes it simpler. So he’s doing his factor, He’s making a dwelling and Hayden of us are getting bands, and possibly a comedy present and every thing else. It’s a win-win.”
Yampa Valley Leisure received the competition, which was a part of the Hayden Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Mission. Yampa Valley Leisure was adopted by the Hayden Farmers Market, which obtained $3,000, and Hayden Tire, which took house $1,000.
The winners had been introduced final August, and LaGorga wasted little time in investing within the gear he wanted to get Yampa Valley Leisure off the bottom.
“I used to be awarded some seed cash and I went out purchased a full (public handle) system so as to add to what I used to be already accumulating,” LaGorga stated. “Now I primarily have all of the gear, and the know-how to function the gear, in order that I can placed on occasions at completely different venues. I’m like a venueless venue.”
LaGorga stated the Buffalo Commons present was second of 12 reveals that the he’ll produce for the city of Hayden this yr. He additionally did a pair reveals in Steamboat over Winter Carnival and is already wanting ahead to Hayden Days and the Farmer’s Market. His enterprise can present service for anybody desirous to placed on a fundraiser, a household reunion, a marriage or another form of particular occasion.
“I’ll guide the bands, I’ll usher in all of the gear and I’ll set every thing up. I’ll both run sound or have a sound technician there with me, and I’ll both run lights or have a distinct mild technician with me. We are going to placed on a full-blown present, begin to end,” LaGorga stated. “That approach individuals who have the funds to placed on and occasion — however don’t essentially have the gear, or the those who run the gear — can depend on me to come back in and placed on the present.”
LaGorga stated he also can deal with the promoting, the digital advertising and marketing, the digital artwork for posters and commercials and deal with social media. His web site yampavalleyentertainment.com has a list of all upcoming occasions.
LaGorga first moved to Steamboat Springs in 2016. Quickly thereafter, he discovered a spot with the band, Acutonic and opened on the Steamboat Free Live performance Collection for artists like Stephen Marley and Tribal Seeds. He has additionally labored at venues just like the Previous City Pub as a sound engineer, and the Strings Music Competition as a stage hand, and, most just lately, stage supervisor. He additionally produces a web based publication, “Good Morning Acoustics,” the place he acknowledges native expertise.
This yr, LaGorga is including Yampa Valley Leisure to his checklist. He stated he’ll trailer in all of the gear and work with venues to placed on occasions.
Most just lately, he has been centered on the Hayden Middle, which he stated was slated to shut down after the Buffalo Commons gig for some renovations.
“The plans that they’ve for the theater are phenomenal,” he stated. “It appears similar to the Strings theater … It’s going to be massive, and actually fancy, which is superior. If I can preserve my relationship with city all through the years, I’d like to be part of using that theater and bringing in some actually massive acts.”
For now, he plans to remain centered on the wealth of gifted musicians that may be discovered within the Yampa Valley, however he can’t assist however look to the long run.
“I do know that if the curiosity is proven, and the budgets are enough, we are able to get in some actually massive names,” LaGorga stated. “I feel it’s going to essentially be a life-changing occasion for everyone who’s concerned.”
Because of the cash he obtained from the Hayden enterprise contest and his love for music, issues have already begun to vary for LaGorga.
“I’ve labored with some massive names, I’ve labored with some small names, however total I’ve helped placed on a number of good reveals and now I’m simply form of making an attempt to do it for myself,” LaGorga stated. “My purpose is to placed on nice reveals and having memorable experiences for my purchasers, the artists that I work with and all of the those who come out to pay attention and watch.”