Travel woes cancel Millers concert

June 15, 2007|by a sun reporter

The Wednesday night performance of the Millers was canceled when two members of the group could not fly out of Charlotte, N.C., because of the weather.

"The weather messed up everything," Nichole Hickey, executive director of Columbia Festival of the Arts, said yesterday.

The four-member blues band was to open the summer-long Sunset Serenade series at Centennial Park. Hickey had made the decision at 4 p.m. Wednesday to keep the concert outside despite the threat of thunderstorms.

"I was watching the radar all day and, after talking with some well-informed sources, thought that there was a good possibility that [the storm] was going to go around us," she said.

There was a backup plan. Hickey had secured the use of Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, which seats more than 700, in case of bad weather.

But shortly thereafter, Hickey was told that two members of the band -- harmonica player L.D. Miller and his father, bass player Larry -- were in town and the two vocalists -- brothers Clayton and Cole -- were in Charlotte.

"I was not made aware of any delay until 15 minutes after we made the 4 o'clock call," Hickey said.

Hickey canceled the concert about 5:45 p.m. when she was told that the brothers' flight out of Charlotte had been canceled.

She said that if the two band members in Charlotte had arrived in the afternoon, "we definitely would have done everything we could to make the concert happen. The Rouse Theatre was ours."

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