I’m David Gerratt. Over the years, I’ve performed on a number of stages and promoted music in many settings — from a local farmers market to urban concert halls, from restaurants to stadiums. It is my mission and pleasure to bring unique and engaging entertainment to local audiences through partnerships with creative performance artists.
I spent much of my youth at The New England Conservatory of Music, studying the piano and music theory, performing in a children’s choir, and occasionally appearing in operas in the Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (when they needed a kid). Elsewhere, I performed in plays and musicals, organized a ragtime band, sang in an a cappella group, and accompanied other singers and musicians on various stages. Longing to re-experience some of the joy of creation and performance, a few years ago, I helped organize a seven-voice a cappella group (check out one of my arrangements/performances at the “Working For Scale” link below) and hosted a weekly blues jam, where I got to “tickle the ivories” with some great local talent (“Use Me Up,” below).
Though I’d been booking music for our local farmers market and a restaurant for several years, in late 2015, I went all in and created Fugitive Productions. Since then, I’ve produced more than 150 music, comedy, and storytelling events, and sold more than 10,000 tickets to happy patrons, in a half dozen towns west of Boston. Occasionally, I get to sit in on the keyboard with a performer, including the great Kemp Harris (listen below).
Some other fun facts: produced materials for and volunteered backstage at Farm Aid concerts for decades; experienced my “15 minutes of fame” after a theater performance when The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling told me, “You’ve got a future in this business, kid;” started a homemade ice cream shop in Amherst (a year before Ben & Jerry’s); worked in London writing and designing materials for a natural foods company; was the in-house graphic designer for Oxfam America for seven years; worked as a graphic arts and print production trainer in West Africa for three years; co-created a traveling bookstore servicing nonprofit and co-op events throughout New England.
My day job: I own and operate DG Communications (aka NonprofitDesign.com) which “promotes the good work of others by helping them look good.” I work primarily with organizations that promote environmental health, and social and economic equality. I’ve created print materials and websites for hundreds of nonprofits and educational institutions. I help my clients inform people, raise funds, and inspire action.