Phil Simon ~ Owner, Agent
Born in Philadelphia, raised in New England, with time spent at the University of Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BS in Business Management and a minor in marketing, plus a lifetime’s devotion to live music all lead to the formation of Simon Says Booking. From childhood music lessons on piano and trumpet and eventually guitar, to taking the stage at open mic nights and forming garage bands, to attending literally thousands of shows, to booking bands, venues and events- Phil Simon has pursued a passion for live music his entire life.
Sue Paquet ~ Agent
I began this job in 2011 as an intern, and worked my way up to agent. I’ve worked a plethora of jobs in my life that I feel have prepared me for booking at Simon Says. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a focus in Fine Art Photography. I’ve traveled to 46 states of the continental United States, which I found to be quite beneficial when booking tours for bands. I spend my time at SSB booking national tours for clients, regional weekend runs for many local and regional bands we freelance with, and filling dates for our entire roster of bands as needed.
I am renovating my small farmhouse where I host international travelers and bands. Also a photographer, I participate in art exhibits when not attending and photographing live shows.
Steve Benson ~ Agent
My professional career was born North of Boston, playing bass in area symphonies then attending Umass to pursue Philosophy and Psychology. As time went on, different instruments made their way to me: Mandolin, Steel Guitars, Sitar, Oud, and more. Music from all over the planet is the magnet that never stops pulling. I split my time between working as Agent, Session Recording Musician and Live Performance with The Chad Hollister Band, rice – an American Band, and leading my own project: Rebels of The Sacred Heart: A Tribute to Flogging Molly, The Dubliners, and more. I’m a devoted husband and uncle to my two biggest fans.
Kelly Drew ~ Publicity
I started at Simon Says as the publicity intern in early 2017, and by the middle of the year, I was the face of the department. Born and raised in Western Mass, I have a soft spot for this Happy Valley.
I have a passion for all things live music. I put my musical devotion into attending live music events weekly in Western Mass and beyond. Dubbed a “professional fan” by radio personality Monte Belmonte, I delight in taking photos and video for posterity’s sake, as well as advertising a number of bands’ upcoming gigs in a myriad of ways. I graduated from Smith College in 2010 with a BA in English Language and Literature and am thrilled to be putting my degree to use.
When I’m not writing copy for bands and showing off their talents on various social media platforms, I’m painting commissioned artwork and selling my nature and concert photography! I also have been honing my skills as a concert journalist on our sister site Live Music News and Review.com.
Dawn Davis ~ Office Administrator, Graphic Designer
I’ve been working at Simon Says Booking since 2008. I am truly blessed to have a job where I can do things I enjoy all while listening to music and working with great people!
As Office Manager/Girl Friday, I keep everything organized, among other things. I keep track of all the shows; design and send out weekly marketing e-mails, company and client newsletters, and press releases. I design the webpages, posters, and postcards; coordinate invoicing and bookkeeping – anything and everything! With an Associate’s Degree in Computer Graphic Design, I love using my talents to build the Simon Says web presence. I rock at Photoshop, and I’m known for my graphic design skills. When I came to Simon Says Booking, I initiated making EPK’s for each Simon Says band, sending newsletters, and generally building the agency’s online presence.
I likes researching, crafting, making and editing videos, and attending live shows.