Entries by tess

Downtime is the right time to create a strong “new normal”

The SPP Crew Takes Advantage of “Downtime” The Sonic Pie Productions 2020 dream team! Left to right: Atiba Berkley, Scram Reynolds, Ryan Moeller, Jasmine Dml Battle, Tess Mangum and Jick Wins-Low.   What exactly is the “new normal” in the live events industry? Look closely at the photo above and you’ll notice the full crew is masked up and distanced. It’s the “new normal.” […]

The story behind the name Sonic Pie Productions

With a name like Sonic Pie Productions, you might hope to find a bakery, rather than a sound production company, but there is a pie connection. Choosing a name when incorporating a business is harder than it seems. It’s got to somehow represent a worldview, mission and purpose. It should be easy to remember, timeless–and […]

Sonic Pie Productions presents All-Ireland Uilleann Piper JARLATH HENDERSON 5.1.19

Jarlath Henderson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and doctor. Hailing from County Armagh, Ireland, Jarlath Henderson is the first Irish solo artist to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Award, which has led to performances at festivals throughout Europe and to GlobalFest in New York City. Jarlath combines modern, rhythmically […]

We Are Durham Movers & Shakers

The city of Durham, North Carolina celebrates its 150th birthday this year. We Are Durham is a project created by Unscripted Hotels to honor this through the art of storytelling and authentic experiences. Last year, they interviewed some of the prominent movers and shakers in the community (such as Sonic Pie Productions’ CEO Tess Mangum Ocaña) and asked them to […]

SPP Newsletter: HippieFest, Parade logistics, Mambo, Golden Belt, Drink Local and Shows We Love

Late FALL still had that summer fun vibe–what’s on the horizon for 2019? See this covered stage, called SummerStage and a 100+ year-old smoke stack? This is the historic, newly-unveiled Golden Belt Campus in Durham, and a view you can’t see from Main Street. There are residential options, dozens of artist studios inside, Hi-Wire Brewing just opened, parking is […]

It was our BIGGEST September ever, and Sonic Pie Productions gives you backstage, front row and front of house access!

It was our BIGGEST September ever, and Sonic Pie Productions gives you backstage, front row and front of house access! Erykah Badu, surrounded in by “pyramid” of magical light headlines the 5th annual Art of Cool Festival in downtown Durham, North Carolina. Sonic Pie Productions provided Production and Venue Management at five of this progressive jazz, soul, hip hop […]