Independent music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s eclectic career path has encompassed a range of celebrated projects. His experience operating the iconic rock club, Wetlands in New York City inspired his recent venue projects: opening multiple Brooklyn Bowls and the restoration of The Capitol Theatre.
In 2014, Shapiro entered into an exclusive deal with Phil Lesh, by which the Grateful Dead co-founder performed at Shapiro’s venues and events. In July 2015, Shapiro created Fare Thee Well, Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. The heralded event took place over five nights at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area and Soldier Field in Chicago, earning acclaim as “the biggest concert by one band in America. (Rolling Stone)”
Shapiro is the founder of Lockn’, an annual four-day music festival defined by its creative, collaborative programming, which has drawn over 30,000 fans to a farm in rural Arrington, VA. He also created Jazz & Colors, an experiential music event held in such iconic locations as New York City’s Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with Chicago’s Field Museum.
He serves as publisher of Relix Media Group overseeing the iconic print publication Relix Magazine, the highly trafficked music website Jambands.com and digital ad agency, Hear & There. Billboard acknowledged the collective success of his endeavors by naming him to their Power 100 lists of 2015 and 2016.
Some of his other projects include the Jammy Awards, America’s largest Earth Day event and the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access. He also co-founded the retail / online brand, Stone Fox Bride. In 2017, Shapiro oversaw the live steam broadcast of the Women’s March, and served as executive producer of the March for Science on Washington’s National Mall.
Shapiro sits on the board of a number of civic and charitable organizations, including: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (where he is a voting member), New York Public Radio, New York City Parks’ Arts Committee, Central Park Summerstage, HeadCount and The Lowline. He also co-founded the environmental consulting firm Green Order.