Joliet Concert Options Reviewed

JOLIET, IL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — An Illinois promoter says there is a slim chance of resurrecting an outdoor concert series that was abruptly cancelled after organizers found themselves in over $100,000 of debt after only three shows.

“A number of issues are being addressed at a variety of levels” in an attempt to continue to the program at Silver Cross Field, Joe Hill, spokesman for promoter Group 7, told the Chicago Tribune.

Hill told the paper the “whole range of scenarios” under consideration include the possibility that “a different management group might run a couple” of the four cancelled concerts, but he is not confident that the full series can be revived.

Group 7 had planned seven concerts spanning different styles of popular music to take place throughout the summer at the downtown Joliet baseball stadium. Performers included JackHammers, CeCe Winans, John Tesh, Tone Loc, Boyz II Men and Little Richard.

Hill estimates that promoters spent $250,000 on advance promotions and commitments to performers, then lost $100,000 to $120,000 when rain and cold temperatures contributed to a disappointing crowd at the first concert, which was made up largely by 1960s-era bands.

Group 7 was devastated by the third concert, and notified sponsors last week that the four remaining concerts were cancelled.

“It’s been a very difficult situation,” Hill told the paper. “It’s been very disappointing.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers