Speakeasy Promotions is a booking and promotions company founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 by Brannon Boyle. Rooted in the principle of quality control, the company takes pride in the artists it chooses to represent and, therefore, true talent is the main determinant when organizing shows. Though Speakeasy began booking mostly hip hop artists, the company has expanded to include many different genres of music including electronic, jazz, rock and all forms of psychedelic music. The company’s interest lies in uniting both similar and diverse music sounds and mixing genres at live shows.
The name originated as a reference to a seasonal event that featured live hip hop music and live graffiti/art. This event came to be known as Speakeasy when Tyler Person, who later went on to form the group the Nice Guise, offered up his basement as a venue for the performers. As the Speakeasy events gained popularity, there became a need for a larger venue. Shortly thereafter, Speakeasy Promotions was created in order to serve as a liaison between up-and-coming performers and venues, and between national headliners and local artists.
Speakeasy has now grown to produce and promote shows at Atlanta’s top venues. Speakeasy is the in-house talent buyer for Atlanta based venues Aisle 5 and 529 and produces events at Terminal West, Variety Playhouse, The Masquerade, The EARL, Center Stage and more. Speakeasy has also worked in conjunction with Red Bull Sound Select as an official curator and ONE Music Fest, Afropunk, Shaky Knees, Shaky Beats, Trinumeral, and other festivals as a marketer. Speakeasy has been pivotal to the growth of the Atlanta music scene booking the first Atlanta shows for such acts as: Run The Jewels, Death Grips, Shabazz Palaces, Kamasi Washington, Odd Future, ODESZA, EPROM, Clark, Earl Sweatshirt, Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, Kneebody, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Herobust, Tobacco, Khruangbin, Homeboy Sandman, Adrian Younge, Ivy Lab, J:Kenzo, JPEGMAFIA, Open Mike Eagle, Edan, Vince Staples, Maxo Kream, Das Racist, Taylor McFerrin, Sonnymoon, Anna Wise, The Difference Machine, Buy Muy Drugs, Deltron 3030, Goth Trad, Phaeleh, and Shlohmo.