Saturday marks the anniversary of Tony Jannus' historic ride from St. Petersburg on the first scheduled commercial airline flight on Jan. 1, 1914. We thought we'd use the occasion to check in with Rob Douglas at Jannus Live, the downtown St. Petersburg concert venue named in honor of the early 20th century aviator. Douglas, 55, is the production manager at Jannus Live (formerly known as Jannus Landing) and has booked bands locally for more than 30 years.
What's on your nightstand?
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. He is hilarious. I also read his Me Talk Pretty One Day, which I thought was the funniest book I ever read. He just has a keen observation of his own life, and he's able to view it in a humorous way and he goes from there.
Do you recommend any books on a performer?
Actually, my favorite book concerning the work I'm involved in is Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out. He was the promoter at the Fillmore in San Francisco. It has provided me with a lot of insight that caused me to understand why certain things are done certain ways in the business.
Who would be your dream performer to book at Jannus Live?
I've heard he can be cranky.
Well, I'm cranky. We'd get along great.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer