Chicagomuzik

I've got a whole city to hold down

August 05, 2004

State of confusion

Seems that tickets for this year's grandstand concerts at the Illinois State Fair are selling like space heaters in Hell. Only one of the six shows has moved more than 1,900 tix so far - and the grandstand holds nearly 9,000 bodies.

Now the guy in charge of booking the Fair gigs, state Department of Agriculture deputy director Mark Kolaz, just can't figure out what's gone wrong.

"It's discouraging. It's disappointing," Kolaz told the Springfield Journal-Register. "We thought we had a pretty good lineup, but it hasn't done what we thought it would."

Hmm.

Let's try to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Think the fact that the cheapest ticket is 20 bucks has anything to do with it?

Or the fact that the entirety of what Kolaz calls his "pretty good lineup" is Clay Aiken, Travis Tritt with Charlie Daniels, Styx with Kansas, Clint Black with comedian Bill Engvall, Hall & Oates with Michael McDonald and the Average White Band, and LeAnn Rimes with Phil Vassar?

Perhaps.

Or maybe the entire concept of assigning a bureaucrat from the state Department of Agriculture to book a concert series just isn't such a good idea.

Hmm.