Pier Six concert canceled

August 07, 1991|By Eric Adams

Poor ticket sales led to the cancellation of last night's "A Night on the Town" jazz concert at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion. Approximately 800 tickets for the event, which was to have featured James Ingram, Patti Austin and George Howard, had been sold, according to Pier Six spokesman Kevin Brown. At least 3,000 needed to be sold for the show to break even.

The renovated pavilion opened less than two weeks ago with a new capacity of more than 4,300. Concerts by Hall & Oates, John Denver and Howie Mandel/Dennis Miller have drawn well, Mr. Brown said, while one of the two Patti LaBelle concerts last weekend was "disappointing," drawing less than half of capacity.

The advance for tomorrow night's "World Beat Tour" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Third World and Arrow is in the same range as "A Night on the Town," but Mr. Brown said the event would not be canceled because a large walk-up crowd is expected.

Other area venues also have reported mediocre concert attendance this season and according to Pollstar, a trade publication, concert business is down nearly 25 percent nationwide over the same period last year. Explanations vary, but most observers point to a combination of rising ticket prices, the ongoing recession, and a lack of superstar tours.

To obtain refunds for the "Night on the Town" cancellation, tickets may be brought to the Pier Six box office or mailed to 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21202. For more information, call 625-3100.

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