If you’ve been to the Knit over the last couple years, you’d probably recognize Cisco Flores. He’s the one making sure the bars are rocking, the managers and artists are settled and happy, the lines are moving outside, etc. The task of being the General Manager of one of Reno’s best live music venues means Cisco never rests. He’s there early and leaves late. We’ve been able to get to know Cisco over the years and have loved working with him, so we thought we’d shine a little light on one of the people who makes things happen in Reno/Tahoe.
FB: State your name and where you are from?
CF: Cisco Flores – I’m from Solana Beach California
FB: How did you get into the music business? Any standout shows or experiences in your past that made you want to go into music?
CF: I got into the music business doing security at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for their summer concerts.
My best experience at a show was at the Knitting Factory Hollywood when The Blind Boys Alabama were playing . Out of nowhere I get a call from Prince’s driver/ security guard that he was pulling up and was bringing in Prince through the loading dock. At first I was “okay someone is playing a joke on me.” But sure enough I went out to meet Prince and his security guard.
I walked them down to the green room and got him a drink. Before I knew it, Prince was onstage playing and singing along with the Blind Boys of Alabama. Everyone got a special performance by Prince that night.
FB: What advice can you give to someone who is interested in working in a music venue? Where/how can they start?
CF: If you are really interested in working in a music venue, apply for an entry level job so you can learn by experience. You can also intern for a semester. Last year, I had a sophomore from high school intern for a semester. I can tell you he had a great time and had a good learning experience. You can also start going to school to be an LD (lighting director) or FOH (front of house…aka soundguy).
FB: Anything you have learned about the Reno music scene?
CF: I have learned that people in Reno really like their EDM and country music.
FB: How was your transition to Reno? Do you like it here? What do you like about it?
CF: My transition to Reno was good. It was a different pace than LA . Yes, I do like living in Reno. I have met a lot of good people in this town that I worked with. I like the outdoors and riding my bike to Virginia City and up to the lake.
FB: What’s your day like?
CF: My day is pretty busy with meetings, answering phones and questions about upcoming shows. Along with working with new artists and promoters in town.
FB: Tell us about something insane/gross/terrible that happened to you on the job?
CF: Nothing comes to mind.
FB: What advice can you give to local bands and performers?
CF: Keep doing what you are doing and you will be noticed by your fans. Hard work does pay off in the long run.
FB: Anything else you’d like to add?
CF: Yes I’m very happy to be working for such a great company that supports up-and-coming local and national artists