When it comes to doing the work that it takes to hold a concert Clayton Hudson is a jack of all trades. He has been an event producer, tour rigger, production manager, and even the person who drives the equipment truck. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned a BFA in technical production and theatre design, as well as the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business where he earned an MBA.
Clayton Hudson’s professional career began in March 1996 when he was the production manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. After three and a half years of experience there he was able to branch out into other aspects of the industry. He now offers his services to musicians through his own company. He offers services such as stage management, rigging, show producer, production design, monitor engineering, and logistics management.
As an arena rigger, Clayton Hutson has worked at some of the best venues in the United States. Some of these arenas are the Bridgestone Arena, Van Andel Arena, Opryland Convention Center, and the Joe Louis Arena. He has been the tour rigger for some of the biggest acts in the industry such as Boston, Alice in Chains, and Velvet Revolver. He is currently handling the rigging, as well as the position of stage manager, for Kid Rock’s tour which kicked off last September.
As the production manager he has also worked with many luminaries in the music industry like Gwen Stefani, Prince, Jennifer Nettles and Guns n’ Roses. While wearing his monitor engineer hat he has worked with the Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Boston, New Kids on the Bock, and Axl Rose among many others.
Since August 1999, Clayton Hutson has been the production manager at Getagrip Touring Inc. This company, based in the Chicago area, is focused on the entertainment industry as well as corporate event management. At this company he has pulled off the seemingly impossible for many different events over the year at a more cost effective way than competitors in the industry. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/clayton-hutson-1a2e
Due to his stellar reputation in the industry, Clayton Hutson was also chosen by the Olympics Organizing Committee that handled the Rio de Janeiro games in Brazil in 2016. He worked for over two years as a technical consultant on everything from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony. His services were used for both the regular Olympics as well as the Paralympics which followed.