Arts | Entertainment | Sports 2023: CORAN CAPSHAW
FOUNDER, RED LIGHT MANAGEMENT, MUSICTODAY, RIVERBEND DEVELOPMENT, CHARLOTTESVILLE
Capshaw, the founder of 32-year-old music management company Red Light Management, is the driving force behind a newly approved 7,500-capacity riverfront amphitheater in Richmond. The $30 million project, expected to open in 2025, has drawn comparisons to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Capshaw also developed the Ting Pavilion on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s the latest victory for the music lover who got his start booking Dave Matthews Band shows at a Charlottesville bar in the 1990s. DMB is now one of dozens of acts on Red Light’s roster, which also includes Phish, Maren Morris, the Smashing Pumpkins and Brandi Carlile. In 2000, Capshaw and Matthews co-founded ATO Records, an independent record label that includes artists Alabama Shakes, Drive-By Truckers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Black Pumas.
In addition to his other music ventures — which include e-commerce and marketing company Musictoday and concert promoter Starr Hill Presents — Capshaw also co-founded Starr Hill Brewery and provided financial backing for solar companies Sun Tribe Solar and Sun Tribe Development.