Mu­sic pro­moter loomed large in 1980s

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Michael Cor­co­ran AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF mcor­co­ran@states­man.com; 445-3652

Jim Ram­sey, a prom­i­nent con­cert pro­moter in 1980s Austin, died Tues­day of liver can­cer, friends said. He was 58.

Ram­sey put South­park Mead­ows on the map with a 1983 con­cert by the Po­lice that drew more than 30,000 fans, and booked the first Austin shows by U2, Elvis Costello and Talk­ing Heads.

Since 1998, Ram­sey had worked in ad­ver­tis­ing, own­ing the Cac­tus agency.

“He was the bom­bas­tic pro­moter with a heart of gold,” said for­mer Club Foot booker Brad First.

‘He pro­vided a stage for a lot of rock bands who couldn’t get booked into the punk clubs.’

Brad First For­mer Club Foot booker

Ram­sey also booked the Back­room from 1986 to 1993, dur­ing its hair metal hey­day.

“He pro­vided a stage for a lot of rock bands who couldn’t get booked into the punk clubs,” First said.

One of the le­gendary Austin shows Ram­sey booked was the po­lit­i­cally charged Gang of Four at Club Foot on the night Ron­ald Rea­gan was elected pres­i­dent.

Ram­sey, who grew up in McAllen, was di­ag­nosed with Stage IV liver can­cer in April, his long­time as­so­ci­ate Ray Seg­gern said.

Ram­sey is sur­vived by his wife, Tracey; a daugh­ter, Alexan­dra; and two sons, Evan and Theren. The fu­neral will be at 11 a.m. Satur­day at WeedCor­ley-Fish Fu­neral Home in Lakeway.

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