Tag: Deep South

Deep South: On Fire

Fall Out Boy lit up Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. (Getty Images) The region’s venues are taking full advantage of a strong economy Venue managers across the Deep South touted a strong 2018 and are expecting an even better 2019, hopeful that the economy will remain sturdy. Country, pop and rock continue to rule the stages, and words like “diverse” and “outstanding” popped up to describe venue schedules and their results at the gate. Venue operators rely on strong industry relationships and — in some cases — good weather for gigs to go smoothly.  READ ON: The Circuit: What stood out in the last 12 months for four of the region’s venues Scene: Little Rock — Hometown helped rising rapper Goon des Garcons learn to innovate

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Deep South: The Circuit

Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. (Courtesy Verizon Arena) What stood out in the last 12 months for four of the region’s venues Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. Michael Marion, general manager How did you do in 2018? Shows generally do well in our market. Most of the artists that do come through give our audience a good review. The economy is really strong, and it’s strong in Arkansas. We usually do 19 concerts a year. We averaged around 25 in 2018, because we have a curtain system so we can cut our seating down to 3,000 seats. Some of these smaller shows have added to our event load and have done well.  Big shows We certainly had some giant shows last year, with Katie Perry, Journey/Def Leppard, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Bon Jovi, Kevin Hart, Thomas Rhett, Lauren Daigle, Frankie Valli, Steve Martin/Martin Short and Chicago. Changes […]

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