Irving concert venue the Pavilion at the Music Factory is not yet open, but it just got a new boss. Michael Rilley has been hired as general manager for the concert venue, set to open in September 2017.
Rilley, who has more than 25 years of experience, most recently served as general manager for Arts Center Enterprises (ACE) in San Antonio, where he oversaw the Majestic and Charline McCombs Empire Theatres.
The Pavilion will be the centerpiece of the Music Factory. Its state-of-the art features will include flexible seating to accommodate 4,000 seats as an indoor theater, or expand into an 8,000-person open-air pavilion. It will be booked, promoted, and operated by Live Nation.
Rilley is no stranger to Dallas. Prior to joining ACE, he managed the transition of the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas, as it shifted from a private operator to a city-managed venue. He first moved to Dallas in 2006 to help launch the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where he served as senior vice president and COO.
His other experience includes serving as VP of programming and marketing for CAPA, a nonprofit presenter of performing arts and entertainment based in Columbus, Ohio; managing the Chicago Theatre on behalf of Walt Disney Theatricals; and holding multiple positions at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he first began his career.
He's a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law.
Anthony Nicolaidis, North American Concerts President-Dallas, says in a release that Rilley "will be instrumental in making The Pavilion a landmark destination for the people of [Dallas-Fort Worth] to enjoy concerts, theater, and lots of other live entertainment."