"Since [Firebird co-buyer] Bert McClimans and I were already doing certain shows in the room as outside promoters, it made perfect sense to transition into this new position when the opportunity arose," Cracchiolo wrote in an email. "As the staff at Firebird has grown, it's gotten to a point where I don't need to be quite as hands on with the day to day operations, so I'm looking forward to this new challenge. I will still be continuing my duties in a mostly supervisory role at Firebird, but Cicero's is going to be where most of my creative energy will be spent in the near future."
The Firebird has been booking shows at Cicero's already for a while now, and so this move will allow Cracchiolo to expand on the foundation they've already built.
"The gameplan now is to expand on those already existing contacts by reaching out to agents about artists we wouldn't necessarily seek to book at Firebird," he says. "Between the advantageous location and the intimate atmosphere of the room, there are a lot of of acts that make better sense at Cicero's so I think we'll be able to develop the identity and character of the room in a really organic way.
"The venue has a lot of unrealized potential," he continues. "As a musician it's always been one of my favorite stages to play, and the staff, particularly the sound engineers, are excellent. Cicero's has a long history of being the first play in St. Louis for a lot of notable bands; our goal will be to really bring that tradition back in full force."
In addition, Kenny Snarzyk, who's the bassist/vocalist for Fister, will be joining Cicero's as the venue's publicist.