*Updated with corrected numbers.
That’s how many people I guesstimated to have been at the MTQ, Ivan Parker, Perrys concert I attended last night. It was a Bill Bailey event, one he’s done annually here for 15 or 20 years. A few commenters have expressed dismay about the attendance figure, and I could be off by 50 or 75 people, I’d think. But my hunch says it was closer to 200 than 300 and that maybe that’s being generous. [Update: the exacter number was 330 in the house, as per the concert promoter.] But someone please correct me if you have better numbers. Certainly the parking lot was full of empty spots near the building and I came late (incidentally, I saw at least three license plates from Ontario on my way in). Even Bailey commented from the stage on the numbers being down.
Instead of a ticket price, there was a suggested “donation” of $10 a head and big tub for donating sitting on a small table inside the door. Between Parker and the Perrys, Bailey took to the stage to explain that the $10 “donation” was to help cover the artists’ flats. Then he told a long story about the life-changing effects of gospel music and passed
the plate buckets around to cover, as he also explained, his own overhead (a little later, Tracey Stuffle made a joke from the stage that likened the cost of bus fuel to fueling a space ship; cost containment is clearly on everyone’s mind). Maybe this donation-and-bucket approach works better than just charging $15 at the door, but for my part, I certainly would’ve paid $20 for a ticket to spare us all the bucket-passing hard sell.
Anyway, a few of you have suggested in email that, as one reader put it, “somebody lost a ton of money last night.” That same reader went on to say:
What a shame; it costs the artist a ton to drive that far south in their big buses. Three weeks ago I went to a GV/L5/BB Jubilee concert; showed up 30 minutes before it started and bought the last remaining tickets. It was completely sold out with 2,100 in Lancaster, PA. I was shocked.
Southwest Florida is a strange place. This time of year it’s basically the little Midwest and southern Canada. But the snowbird demographic cuts across a pretty diverse range of suburban cultures in the Southern Uplands, Midwest and Great Lakes states. Moreover, getting the word out around here has got to be tough, since the idea of a “home” church isn’t as stable here for devout snowbirds as it is “back home” and “up north.” I did see a blurb in the paper the weekend before the concert, and there was a photo spread from the concert in the local section this morning (suggesting Bailey has the local media’s attention). But obviously this kind of exposure had limited effect for whatever reason.Email this Post