DAVE SILVER, 22, and Will Toms, 22, of South Philadelphia, and Yehoshua Freed, 23, of Rhawnhurst, are owners of Broad Street Music Group. BSMG is an independent production and event promoter focused on undiscovered musicians. It books shows at World Cafe Live, MilkBoy Philadelphia and Hard Rock Cafe. I spoke with Silver, who is founder and CEO.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the biz?
A: I was a student at Temple and there was a huge space in fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi's basement. A couple friends were musicians and the fraternity hosted a concert. I thought it could create an opportunity to showcase musicians. We hosted our first concert in January 2012 and an open mic every Thursday. A year later we went into a real venue and hosted an open mic with eight musicians at Broad Street Music Lounge and we put on a show on a Monday night. We hosted one show a week with eight different acts and we worked at two venues for several months.