“Okay sorry, but it’s about to be super annoying for like five minutes.” Following the apology, the sound of a stamp permeates the office as it repeatedly hits the pages of a contract. It’s actually not that annoying, but this person stamping has too much Southern etiquette to forgo apologies.
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Roxy Quinn, is now a 4-year Missoulian, and the Assistant Entertainment Buyer for Logjam Presents. Roxy had previously moved to Boston, MA for college in 2014, but later realized it wasn’t for her. Luckily, a former coworker from Charlotte told her that he was living in Bozeman, but would soon be moving to Missoula. Two weeks later, Roxy was a University of Montana transfer.
Now she spends her days working directly with Logjam’s Owner, President & Entertainment Buyer, Nick Checota, as well as with artist’s agents and management. She places holds on our calendar, reaches out to agents with offers, and at the end of the day, helps bring Missoula the live entertainment we love. And yes, she’s stamping up contracts like it’s her job… because it is. She sifts through page after page, marking up contracts, so Logjam and the artist can move forward with the show.
Roxy’s worked hard to get to the role she’s in and has been a big part of the Logjam team for the past few years. Besides being a grade A boss on paper, she’s got a cheery attitude, a smile that’ll light up a room and she’s guaranteed to make you laugh. Just ask her about one of her famed questions of bewilderment, such as, “If you breathe out through your nose, is that air still breath?” Maybe you can let her know next time you see her, but first, read a bit more about her below.
How did you start working for Logjam?
Nick Checota was a co-professor of a class I took in the Entertainment Management program at the University. I can’t remember the name of the class for the life of me. Nick only taught about 5 of the classes that semester (I hear he has a lot on his plate), but I was hooked on learning about the nuances of a contract between promoter and artist. I weaseled my way up after class and asked Nick if I could interview him for my Econ thesis. Somehow that turned into running a poster route as a street-teamer for Logjam and it has turned out to be one of the luckiest moves I’ve ever made.
What’s your background in regards to Entertainment Management?
I guess I already answered that one. I got my Certificate in Entertainment Management at the University of Montana. Other than that, I’ve always strived to find a way into the music industry without having to be up on stage.
What’s the best part about being the Assistant Entertainment Buyer?
By far the best part is attending a show that I bought and the crowd is really digging it. My toes tingle just thinking about it.
What’s the most challenging part?
The most challenging part is taking risks and meeting expectations: the expectations of Logjam employees, venue regulars, newcomers, etc. They are all important. I love that aspect too, but it can cause some pressure.
What makes Missoula special to you?
Missoula is special because you can see world renowned musicians in beautiful venues, talented local artists in DIY spaces, or visit tiny surrounding western towns loaded with character. Oh and the mountains, lakes and rivers. Duh.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Hiking. It’s a more recent development but I’m a sucker for a view.
What was the best concert you’ve been to OFF the clock?
The Puscie Jones Revue at the Top Hat.
Who are you listening to most right now?
Elle King. Girl got soul.
What is your favorite book?
Dune by Frank Herbert
What’s your favorite meal at the Top Hat?
Can’t believe I’m saying this — the vegan tacos. Curse that delicious seitan.
Which venue has been your favorite to work at and why?
The Kettlehouse Amphitheater. It makes the assistant buying part of my job more interesting and it’s so beautiful to look at.
Do you have a favorite lyric/quote?
“I wouldn’t piss on them if they was on fire.” – Southern proverb
Do you recall an embarrassing/funny moment at work?
I was running one of my first shows at the Top Hat. I had never heard of the band playing that night or listened to any of their music. Anyways, at Logjam, we like to play music on the speakers in the office, so I figured I’d jam out to some tunes while the band was bringing their stuff up to the green room. (PS, the green room was right next to our office.)
You know those playlists the Spotify gods assemble for you based on past preference? I flipped one of those playlists on the main speaker and I heard this song I really liked. I just kept turning it up louder.
Meanwhile, the band kept walking past the office door and avoiding all eye contact as they loaded in. The Spotify song was wrapping up, so I checked my app to see who the artist was. I had been blasting that band’s top hit at a ridiculous volume. They must’ve thought I was the weirdest fan or that I assumed artists just really enjoy hearing their own stuff before they go out on stage. Whoops.
People would be surprised if they knew this about you:
I am a musician (in the privacy of my apartment), but I used to play with local bands back in Charlotte. Playing Warped Tour and The Fillmore were highlights.
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Apparition. (Yes, that is from Harry Potter.) Or that none of my vices had negative consequences.
What’s your favorite drink i.e. beer, coffee, gin & tonic..? BONE BROTH??
A breve latte. Like a standard latte, but rich and creamy.
Anything else you’d like to share?
If you want your band to play a show, email me! [email protected]
All of Roxy’s photos were taken by Neubauer Media