Just before the July 4th holiday, we had everything prepared to release the concert lineup when we got back to work on Monday morning. But hours before our three-day vacation began, Assistant Fair Manager Mike Pleasant got a phone call from a booking agent telling him that the Zac Brown Band was pulling out of their date at the Fair…along with almost every other fair they had booked. No explanation was given.
So on Monday morning, before we could release the lineup, the press release, Web site and video had to be edited to omit the ZBB. We have an open offer on the table to keep ZBB at the Fair, but we don’t know at this point if it will be accepted. In the meantime, we are, indeed, searching for a replacement act in case ZBB does not work out.
A Twitter campaign was pushing for “American Idol” contestant Anoop Desai, but he’s still under contract with the television show, so he isn’t a possibility. Another popular suggestion is another American Idol, David Cook, but his ticket prices would be more than the $15 limit that we set earlier this year to keep all the concerts affordable.
It’s not easy to find popular, family-friendly and affordable acts. Country and contemporary Christian acts often fit this bill, but rock bands rarely fall into the affordable category. That makes it hard to have a more diverse lineup. So we’re continuing to search for another artist, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have a good fit lined up.
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