Past, Present & Future
Starleigh Entertainment has been a staple in the Baltimore music scene for several decades. We are proud to employ more musicians, book more events, and establish more relationships than any agency throughthe East Coast. Starleigh Entertainment has built a team with strategic partners to become THE PREMIER ENTERTAINMENT and Event Agency throughout the Mid-Atlantic, with goals over the course of the next 3-5 years. WE ARE A MUSICIAN-BASED ORGANIZATION! The musicians, the club owners and most importantly, our fans have inspired us to grow this agency to the NEXT LEVEL. Please contact us today to discuss how we can GROW TOGETHER! The seeds have been planted and we ask your support to help these flowers to bloom!
It was the summer of 69.…. (Lol, inside joke) My first major rock concert was at the Laurel Pop Festival with Led Zeppelin, JeffBeck, Jethro Tull,and Rod Stewart. I saw Alvin Lee 10 years after and when he brokeinto “I’m going home” I knew that music would play a major part in my life. I was still in high school when I started playing in a band. I started hanging with my friend David Byrne from Talking Heads, jamming at all of the local coffee houses, and hanging outwith Nils Lofgren and his band Grin. I was hooked I didn’t know at that time that but my love for music would soon turn intoa career. A good friend of mine formed a band called the DT’s, one of the first punkbands in Baltimore. I started working with the band doing sound production andbooking dates for them as well. We cut a single that got a lot of airplay on WCVT. The band became quite popular in the market. We did a lot of work with WCVT which is now WHFS. One of the DJ’s from WCVT introduced me to a band called AR15 andas they say the rest is history. AR15 became one of the biggest new wave bands from Baltimore playing 250 dates a year and gained sponsorship from BC Rich Guitars. They were playing shows all along the East Coast and at that point I quit mydaytime job and just started managing and booking the DT’s and AR15. I wasintroduced to Nick, the owner of CES talent. CES booked Face Dancer, Bootcamp,and Child’s Play. Over the years I managed/consulted some of the biggest bands fromBaltimore like YNOT, The Loft, Honor Among Thieves, Versus the Earth, and HyJinx.worked at CES for 15 years booking bands thousands of dates into the top venues allalong the East Coast including Hammerjack’s, Gerards, and Network. After 15 years, CES decided to stop booking bands and started touring Broadway shows like Marie Osmond and The Russian ballet. I started booking shows for Marie Osmond, handled merchandise for the shows, but my love was still with music so I left CES and was offered a job at Starleigh Entertainment. I took Never Never and Honor Among Thieves over to Starleigh Entertainment with me where in 2010 I became partners inthe company and now 12 years later I am the sole owner of Starleigh Entertainment. Over the years I have booked thousands of dates in hundreds of clubs. I have gotten sponsorships from Paul Reid Smith guitars, BC Rich Guitars, and Bud Light to name afew. I have also worked in the studio producing music for many artists. I also created the legendary Wednesday Nights at Hammerjack’s with The Loft and Versus the Earthat Cancun Cantina. One of my passions is developing new talent and that is a new program that Starleigh is going to offer. As the owner of Starleigh Entertainment my love for music is stronger then ever. With all my years of knowledge and experience (some people may call it old school) I have built a great team around me and together we are going to take Starleigh Entertainment to the next level and make it bigger and better than it has ever been.
Linda Pollard is an entertainment consultant with over 20 years experience in the industry. With an extensive music background as a talent agent and staff photographer for a major Hampton Roads Rock N Roll magazine, Linda’s passion and eye for a band’s musical creativity and harmony help to drive the success of her and the performers. With goals of maximizing bands’ talent and success, relationships are her keys to success. Empowering talented performers to help achieve mutual results. Lyrics tell a story, performances bring them to life.
Mike Newberry is a singer, guitarist and lifelong musician with over 20 years experience in the industry, and a true passion for music and performers. Through high school, Mike held the position of first chair bassoon with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, with whom he toured Germany and Austria. As a member of the GBYO, Mike performed a number of times with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Following high school, Mike attended Towson University as a Music Education major, but ultimately got his bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College in Vocal Performance and Music Theory. While at Towson University as a member of the choir there, Mike sang with the BSO at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and performed also at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.As a vocalist, Mike has been the front man and lead singer of several popular bands in the area, including Super Bueno, Wake the Neighbors, 80s tribute act More More More (who recently opened for the Beach Boys), and progressive metal act Concrete Prophet. As a member of Prophet, Mike shared the stage with legendary artists like Dokken, Zakk Wylde, and Joey Belladonna. A musician to his core, Mike has long been, and will continue to be, an advocate and shepherd for performers of all stripes. “I am very passionate about providing the same gateway for artists and musicians today that I had as a young man!”
Kristy Jones is the heartbeat of the communications center here at Starleigh Entertainment. Kirsty has been an asset to the agency for over 8 years by keeping the communication process flowing smoothly. Confidence, detail oriented, and well organized, Kristy helms the information platform here at Starleigh Entertainment!!
Daniel’s professional career and expertise spans 3 decades. He has had the privilege of working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles in business management representing well known artists; owns his own entertainment company that holds contracts with venues for live sound production and booking; he is an accomplished musician in a popular band the currently performs regularly in markets throughout the mid-Atlantic region; and, he has been trained and worked as an expert policy analyst and strategic planner within the U.S. Government. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategies. Daniel brings a wealth of experience to Starleigh Entertainment to assist in furthering the vision of developing talent, streamlining business practices, providing growth opportunities, and assisting Starleigh leadership in shaping the company for success for decades to come.