June 2012


Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by Sam Foxman

KEVIN C. JOHNSON-   July 29, 2012

Event producer Sam Foxman came to a point where he was standing on a proverbial diving board, and the only thing left to do was jump in.

Foxman, long-time senior partner and later creative director at Contemporary Productions, recently left his 10-year home there to start his own company, Evntiv.

“I think my goal all along has been to try something that was more entrepreneurial, really pilot my own ship. I had a great 10 years, learned so much and met so many people. It was the right time in my life to give it a whirl,” Foxman says.

Evntiv will focus on event planning, speaker bookings, charity galas, concerts, festivals, product launches, fashion events, corporate gatherings, weddings and more.

Foxman says Evntiv will use video and digital media to tell stories. He also is developing ways to capture people’s use of social media. “That’s one thing we’re expanding on. How do we encourage that, manage it and promote it?”

Foxman is aiming for Evntiv to have its name on 50 to 75 events a year; he has not announced any yet. “My whole goal was to respectfully and gracefully end one successful relationship and then start on the next one,” says Foxman, who has partnered with Keith Alper, CEO of marketing and communications company Creative Producers Group and Companies in this undertaking.

Foxman says he learned early on that he was destined to be the man behind the scenes at events. When he played in rock bands in the ’90s, Foxman was “always the guy in the band booking and collecting the money at the end of the night.

“I was doing the business for the band. Then I thought it would be cool to get into the business of music.”

In 1994, he signed on for an internship with one of the area’s top concert producers, Contemporary Group, assisting in the nightclub and small-venue booking departments. He started with the idea he’d work for free for a few months then get hired on, which is what happened.

From there, he started booking bands himself, working as an agent getting local bands into events and festivals. Then he began working in Contemporary Group’s special events department.

Contemporary Group went through major changes in the late ’90s when SFX bought it out, followed by Clear Channel buying out SFX. After all the industry dust cleared, Contemporary head Steve Schankman resurrected the dormant Contemporary name in 2001 and continued on with boutique event company Contemporary Productions.

Foxman says he learned key things there about the art of collaboration, along with finding inspiration from friends, celebrities and clients.

Events he was involved in included the grand openings of the Build-A-Bear Workshop on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, and the LOMA Concert Series at Laumeier Sculpture Park that featuring James Brown, B.B. King and the Indigo Girls.

He calls Schankman a great mentor who taught him priceless things about the business.

“When I told him it was time for me to pursue this, he was great about it, very supportive,” Foxman says. “We both made the transition smooth and respectful.”

Adds Schankman: “I applaud him for his efforts. He was good at his game. He wanted to expand his capabilities and I think that’s a great idea for him. I wish him well.”

The two are expected to be in competition now.

“In some cases we would be competitors, but in some cases we could be collaborators. I don’t know what the future holds,” says Foxman. “Contemporary is great at what they do and some things will always be their niche. But at the same time what I’m doing is always looking for the next thing.”

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Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by Sam Foxman

The Capellini Clouds from Atomic Design can be stacked and aligned to create large room dividers, walls or scenic accent pieces. The pieces consists of repeated circular modules that combine to form a shape not unlike the humble cumulus cloud.

In theory, there is no limit to the size of a structure other than the size of the space containing it. The clouds are made of high-density polystyrene and are generally ground supported. They are stackable and interlocking and be fastened together for extra stability.

For more info, email us at info@evntiv.net


Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by Sam Foxman


SAM FOXMAN, former senior partner /creative director at Contemporary Events, has launched EVNTIV. The St. Louis-based company will concentrate on helping organizations with event planning, entertainment, speaker booking, and connecting to their audiences through digital media. Call 314/615-6577 …

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Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by Sam Foxman

The Zeros offer the most authentic and dedicated 80’s and new wave tribute in the Midwest complete with an electrifying and energetic stage show that is a must-see.  The Zeros combine a state-of-the-art sound and light show with equally impressive musical prowess to form their unique sound and presence.   The Zeros perform only the most popular top 40 songs from the 80’s and thankfully do not perform any “hair band” music (sorry fans of RATT, Twisted Sister, Cinderella, et al).

RUBIX KUBE is taking the country by storm as the most original ’80s cover band of all time. Headquartered in NYC, they perform a one-of-a-kind BACK TO THE EIGHTIES SHOW every Saturday night at Canal Room in the heart of TriBeCa. RUBIX KUBE is more than just a tribute band – it’s a totally awesome, true ’80s EXPERIENCE! Every super-charged show takes it to the max and guarantees to set the roof on fire AND bring the house down [metaphorically speaking].

From the BIG HAIR to the BODACIOUS outfits,  The Ronald Reagans 80’s Tribute resurrect the most “totally awesome” decade ever… the 1980’s! If you heard it in the 80’s, you’ll hear it from the Reagans. Whether it’s pop, rock, soul, or hip-hop, the Reagans know how to fill the dance floor with your favorite 80’s classics!

For more totally rad 80s ideas, email us at info@evntiv.net


Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by Sam Foxman

LED trees are popping up in event design all over the country. These trees can be used as room decor, lounge accents, or a dramatic tabletop statement as seen in the photo above.

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Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by Sam Foxman

Sam Foxman, known as the creative force and producer behind some of the biggest events in St. Louis, announced his newest venture, Evntiv. Foxman, former Senior Partner /Creative Director at Contemporary Events, turns his focus toward the customer experience, new technology and helping the community.

“What makes Evntiv unique is our ability to hone in on our clients’ core objectives and create ideas that produce moments of impact at a live event,” states Foxman. “Inventing experiences that deliver engagement, a WOW factor and a positive return is what we are all about,” Foxman adds.

Evntiv will concentrate on helping organizations with event planning, entertainment and speaker booking, and connecting to their audiences through digital media.  “Merging the web with live events is the future of our industry,” Foxman explains. “As a part of the event planning process, we incorporate digital media to reach beyond the audience in the room,” adds Foxman.

Event Activism is a term Foxman uses to explain his commitment to helping nonprofit organizations. “I love when we can leverage our talent and ideas to create an event that raises money and awareness to benefit nonprofits and our community.”

Evntiv will produce between 50 and 70 events per year. Typically, these events will consist of fundraising galas, concerts, fashion events, festivals, weddings, grand openings, private celebrations and product launches.  “Our award-winning team has experience with all types of events — you have to be well rounded to be effective,” explains Foxman.

Foxman’s business partner in the new venture is Keith Alper, CEO of Creative Producers Group and Companies.  “We are excited to work with Sam on this venture because it complements the services CPG provides, while being very effective as a stand-alone enterprise with its own style, creativity and offerings,” states Alper.

Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Evntiv will provide event planning and entertainment services in the metro area and nationwide. For more information, visit www.evntiv.net .


Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by Sam Foxman

III Forks Steakhouse opened last fall near Millennium Park. With cabanas, stone fireplaces, and a knotty pine and granite bar, its rooftop lounge overlooks the park and the city skyline and can host events for 100 guests. The lounge has its own menu of small plates, with selections such as tobiko deviled eggs, lamb meatballs, and duck served in waffle cones.