OnTour Helps Me Find Who’s On Tour

One of my first posts ever on this blog championed EVDB, a search engine for local events and venues. In it, I wrote, “I am looking forward to the day when I can set up an RSS feed of my favorite independent-label musicians, and have EVDB notify me when they are coming to town at a small local venue. Very powerful.” In the months since that was posted, I have been disappointed in the lack of content available in the system during the beta, and have neglected to use the service at all as of late.

This morning, I read Rags’ blog entry about PassAlong Networks’ newest offering, OnTour, and downloaded the application. This program automatically scans my hard-drive for all of the music files that I own, builds a directory of artists which I like from those files, and then presents me with a list of the those acts’ upcoming concerts in my local area. I’ve thought about and talked about an idea like this one informally before, and I am very excited to see that someone actually created the service. You can try it here.

Of course, the software isn’t perfect yet. For example, it has some difficulty string matching (“Ambulance LTD” vs “Ambulance Ltd”). And I wish that I could set up an RSS feed or alert system to notify me when new acts I am interested are booked rather than me having to fire up the application every few weeks. But, for now, color me a happy user (as well as those bands like The Frames, BMRC, and Michael Penn which I now will go see play).

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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