Amphitheater 2006 series to be announced soon

Thu, 12/29/2005 - 3:37pm
By: The Citizen

Peachtree City's amphitheater, commonly referred to now as "The Fred," is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and officials are on the cusp of announcing the acts that will be in the annual summer concert series.

One of those acts was the top vote-getter on a online survey about what acts patrons would like to see at the amphitheater. The survey consisted of more than 1,000 responses and of the top 10 acts identified by the survey, seven are on this year's concert series lineup, officials said.

"This year we are confident that both series will be a crowd-pleaser," said Randy Angrisano, amphitheater manager.

An announcement about the acts will be coming in mid-January, Angrisano said.

Series ticket renewals will go on sale in February, and gift certificates are now available at the Fred box office. Later this year, single concert tickets will be available through Ticketmaster outlets and on the Ticketmaster web site, but those service charges can be avoided by purchasing tickets in person at the amphitheater's box office during regular business hours.

Officials are also working on new marketing ideas to help existing and potential sponsors gain exposure to the community.

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Submitted by borntorun on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 6:15pm.

Looking at what's been posted on the Internet, Randy, you can't be serious about the 2006 series being a real crowd pleaser. I would like to see them release the results backing up their contention that 7 out of the top 10 nominated acts were signed. Fat chance of that happening though.

Submitted by Reality Bytes on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 9:09pm.

Looking at some other posts here, looks like someone's trying to start some trouble. I would also like to see the list, as I'm guessing they have no reason to lie.

I rememeber seeing Foreigner on the list, and I'm really happy about that. As for the Georgia Satellites, well, you can't please them all.

So I guess you want James Taylor and Elton John? I'm thinking there's no pleasing some people.

Some things to consider - there is a BUDGET set to spend on concerts. Musicians have AGENTS that try to get their acts as much money as possible. In order to bring in a "big name", you might pay $100 for a SINGLE CONCERT! Do you want to do that? The other issue is AVAILABILITY - there might be some fantastic acts that are completely booked up on the weekends that the Amphitheater has projected for concerts.

If you look at the acts that Mable House had last year....

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Boyz II Men
Edwin McCain
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blind Boys of Alabama
Patty Loveless
Three Dog Night
Andy Griggs & Billy Currington
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Marshall Tucker Band
David Sanborn
Nashville Star Tour
Jesse McCartney

I'm not going to rush out to Ticketmaster for any of those, and you'll notice a few bands the Fred has had before too.

I hate to tell you, but take a look at the venues the "big name" acts play at. See how much tickets are, see how many seats the venue holds, see what area of the country they're in, see where else they're touring and if any of them are close to the southeast.

Give the Fred a break, honestly. I for one will be happy to renew my season tickets this year - I'm hoping it will be as good as the year we got Pat Benetar, Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oates and WAYNE NEWTON. I hope they'll do well.

And if you don't like it, then don't go. It's that simple. The market will tell how well the Fred will do.

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Submitted by borntorun on Mon, 01/02/2006 - 6:17pm.

Disgruntled old timer? Wow, where did that come from? If you read my posting, I said I had no problem with updating the format. Hardly the wishes of a "disgruntled old timer"!

And no, I'm not out to start trouble and no I don't have any use for Elton or James.

By the same token, I don't care for the Little River Band (as boring as Elton and James), Temptations (with all of the original members dead, it's a cover band for crying out loud), Georgia Satellites (lead singer and songwriter Dan Baird no longer with them so again a cover band), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (didn't the swing music fad this band plays die out in 1999?), Foreigner (singer Lou Gramm no longer with them), Rick Springfield ('nuff said there!), or Eddie Money (been there/done that - not a very good show last year by the way).

Speaking of Foreigner, I don't believe I said anything about them being on the list. I said the Georgia Satellites weren't on there.

I thought the Doobies, Styx, REO, Foghat, Pure Praire League, Peter Frampton and several others put on great shows in the last couple of years.

We can agree to disagree on the bands. Music like any form of art is subjective so it's pointless to argue that point.

My concern is the overall quality of the shows and the future of the Fred. And I completely understand what's involved with booking acts so I can do without the obstacles of booking acts.

In closing, I will say you did make one comment that was accurate. "The market will tell how well the Fred will do."

Based on the hundreds of empty seats at just about every concert last year, I'd say the market is speaking loud and clear that they are not happy with the shows being offered at the Fred. Which was the point of my original posting.

PS - You watch. Within three years max, the PTC Tourism Association will implement the following change: No bringing in food or drinks. You will have to buy it from them. It's all about the Benjamins, baby!

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