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Life Inside the TLA: Meet Ticket Window Andy Riehs.

March 6, 2012

Text and image by Megan Matuzak.

The Theater of the Living Arts has been Andy Riehs’ stomping ground since he was 11, when he would sneak into shows to see bands like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.

A Northeast Philly native, Riehs would hop onto buses and the El just to stand in the warm glow of the TLA’s stage lights.

He was around the venue so often that the bouncers and manager of the venue took notice. They eventually offered him a job in security.

“I’ve had people throw up on me, pee on me, curse at me,” Riehs says with a chuckle. “When I did security out front, I had a guy try to sneak in 20 cans of beer in his cowboy boots. That was insane.”

Now 24, he stations himself in the box office at the TLA, which is always bustling. The phone rings off the hook with ticket sales and furious patrons who won’t take “sold out” for an answer.

He works alongside his father, Andrew Sr. and sister Rachel.

The Riehs family is the first thing you see when you arrive at the TLA. Andy Riehs and his sister man the ticket booth, handling will call and questions. Their father scans tickets and pats down the eager concert goers. If anyone gives Andrew Sr. beef, you can best be sure that his son has his back.

Riehs’ father also runs Riehs Florist in Northern Liberties, a family-owned shop that opened in 1885. It is no surprise that life in the flower shop and at the TLA overlap frequently. Ok Go once requested their instruments and mic stands be covered in flowers, which were supplied by the family business. Hip hop artists like Young Jeezy call on Riehs’ family for single roses they hand out to the lucky ladies in the crowd begging to be serenaded.

When he’s not at the TLA, Andy Riehs often positions himself in front of his police scanner.

“I really love music and the TLA but originally, I wanted to be a cop,” Riehs notes. “I used to listen to the police scanner with my grandmom. She got me hooked.”

He’s always had an interest in law enforcement as his uncle is a SWAT team member. But don’t be mistaken – Riehs doesn’t plan on blowing his spot at the TLA for the police academy anytime soon. He plans to climb the ranks in the music business, hopefully doing production and booking at the TLA.

“I’m always here,” Riehs says with a wide grin on his face. “I love it. No one knows the TLA quite as well as I do.”

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