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Simply Play Presents is in transition. Since 2006, they’ve primarily served as band-managers and event hosts – managing acts like Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude, Motel Radio, Andrew Duhon, along with hosting Cosmicana every year. Moving into 2018, though, they are beginning to handle themselves as an artist services agency — in their words, they want to “connect the dots” for artists in the city that aren’t sure how to connect the dots for themselves. Less artist roster and career management and more utilizing their diversified skill set to best accommodate everyone in the city’s art scene.

We sat down with the Simply Play guys at Barrel Proof for an afternoon chat. It was cloudy, but the air was crisp — another one of those early winter days where the temperature wasn’t really anything at all. We sat outside.

Ron has handled talent buying and social media for SPP: “We don’t want to be pigeonholed into band management — we realize that New Orleans is host to lots of unique art in a small and tight-knit scene, and recognize the untapped potential as an opportunity for growth. So we’re looking to help spur that growth along the best we can.”

Simply put, the Simple Play guys believe in NOLA’s art scene. Eric, drummer and the Simple Play PR and consultant guy, sees it as “a small melting pot of the best talent out there, a kind of art scene that’s admittedly harder to make it in”. But he also doesn’t care how long you’ve been here — “If you live here and love it, you’re okay by me.” He’s the kind of consultant you want on your side, connecting the dots for you.

Sean, the web and graphic designer of the crew, sits by quietly sipping his Old-Fashioned, and kindly picks up my tab. Eric’s a Negroni guy and Ron likes tequila and Topo Chico, but tonight he’s a ‘cheap-beer kind of guy’.

They see more of this sort of meet-up in the future, but on a bigger and more inclusive scale – maybe a monthly artist-networking event at the Ace (where they’ve hosted Little Cosmicana). Stay in the loop on Instagram.

With a less-exclusive mode of operation, SPP is primed to connect the dots for artists big and small. They themselves met through the scene, and they want to make that happen for you. Connect with them through their website.

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