Founder, publisher, and editor
David’s first big rock concert was U2 on their October Tour in 1982. He has been writing and recording music since 1979, and in the early 80’s he was a radio DJ and newscaster – his first real job. During his career on the airwaves, he worked commercial and non-commercial AM and FM radio and spun records from genres as varied as album rock, contemporary country, classical and big band. After graduating from Grinnell College and living in Milwaukee for two years, David moved to Minneapolis in 1988 where he performed original music at St. Anthony East (now Whitey’s), then, in the early 90’s (along with Dan Bussey) he ran the open stage at the club. He was also one of two booking agents and sound engineers (Troy Flemming was the other) at the now legendary 24 Bar in Minneapolis that closed in the spring of 1994.
A travel bug, David vacations in Europe each summer and attends the world’s leading open air music festivals. To date, he has been variously muddied and sunburned at England’s Glastonbury, Reading, and V-festivals, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Dublin’s Witnness Festival (now known as Oxegen), Germany’s Hurricane Festival, Finland’s Pitkä Kuuma Kesä, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. To this day, David still insists his favorite song is “Age of Consent” by New Order.
In 2012, David moved to Helsinki and founded HowWasTheShow Finland – howwastheshow.com/fi.
On Twitter at twitter.com/howwastheshow.
John Olive is a widely produced and award-winning playwright, a screenwriter, a novelist and essayist, and a skilled and popular teacher. He is a founding member of the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America, Inc. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife Mary and their son Michael.
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/jtolive
Janet Preus has over thirty years of directing and teaching theatre, and on still directs in the Twin Cities on occasion. She also writes for musical theatre and is an alumni member of the New Tuners writers’ workshop, under John Sparks, at Theatre Building Chicago. A show developed there was accepted into the Stages Festival of New Musicals, Chicago. She produced, directed and performed with a vocal jazz and pop group for many years. She has won national songwriting awards and state awards in both print and broadcast journalism, and is the recipient of artist grants from the McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/changeling1
Pamela Diedrich loves music and loves taking pictures. She says that pretty much sums up why she shoots for HowWasTheShow. Pamela is an award winning freelance photographer and the owner of pd photography. Her work has been seen in Edina Magazine, About Town publications, Off Beat Bride, School Chess Association, and on many other blogs and websites.