By Staff

“We Built this City,” Mikey Eckstein starts to sing from the top of his lungs as he recalls his first concert experience watching Jefferson Airplane with his mom and dad at the Michigan Theatre back in the late 80’s. “Jefferson Airplane was my first concert, but it was a chance encounter with the Beastie Boys tour manager Ricky Powell that changed my world. I wanted to be Ricky Powell when I grew up.”

Eckstein started his career at the ripe age of 17. “My friends in high school had a band called Funktelligence, Eckstein said. I told them I’d manage them. I had no idea what managing meant, but within months they were playing at big venues and festivals and within a year they were all over the magazines, radio and TV. When one door was slammed shut in my face, I’d start knocking somewhere else. One dot always connected to another. And every dot came with more success and popularity.” As time passed, Eckstein’s talent and perseverance grew stronger. He soon found himself working with Clear Channel Entertainment (now known as Live Nation) producing live events and festivals. After gaining a strong foundation in the event space, Eckstein moved into artist and tour management. Eckstein spent years touring with D12, Eminem and Kid Rock. “Whenever anyone asks me, what does Mikey Eckstein do? Kid Rock said. I say, he does EVERYTHING. He is the person to get S@#T done!”

Fast forward to the current day, Eckstein has built a successful company that continues to provide world class entertainment to casinos, venues and festivals around the world. Embarco Management, Eckstein’s company, was started as to provide a one stop shop for venue owners, film production and artists looking for Detroit area services, entertainment and strategic collaborations in 2006. Over the past decade, Embarco Management has produced over 1000 shows, acted as a conduit in the growth of successful broadcasters careers, negotiated many record deals, created strategic partnerships for professional athletes, designed a concierge service for celebrities and their demanding schedules and has Associate Producer credits in Life Goes On, Cut Print and the documentary Cobo Hall. “If Embarco can’t do it, then it can’t be done, Eckstein says laughing. My point is, if we can’t do it, we know the right person to get it done. I never took my relationships for granted and it’s been the best gift I could’ve learned along the way.”

What does the future hold for Embarco Management and Mikey Eckstein? “I don’t know, but I can’t wait to see it,” Eckstein says. I asked Mikey what’s your biggest accomplishment, and without hesitation he said being a Dad.

Mikey Eckstein is a Happy Man…