VENUE NEWS: Don Briscar Named Interim Director of the Dunn Center PAC (Click on More to view all articles)

Don Briscar has been named the interim director of the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He has managed The Forum Civic Center in Rome, GA , where he increased the event days by 25 percent in the past three-and-one-half-years.

From 1995-99, Briscar was the executive director of the Cedartown Civic Auditorium (Cedartown, GA) and became very active in the Southern Arts Conference developing and facilitating workshops and seminars on the topics of marketing, audience diversity and board development.

Bjork To Play First Concerts In KeySpan Park

Promoters are always looking for new venues, and AEGLive in New York has booked Bjork into KeySpan Park in Coney Island, NY on August 22-23. The stadium is home to the New York Mets Class A farm team in the NY-Penn League. The stadium has a 7,500 – capacity for baseball.

In the first concerts to be held at the year-old venue, Bjork sold out August 22 already with a 12,000-capacity for concerts. "It's a beautiful venue," AEGLive's Debra Rathwell advised CelebrityAccess.

Booze Returns To Gorge Amphitheater

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) – A Grant County hearing examiner decided alcohol may be consumed by adults this summer in the campground for the Gorge Amphitheater.

Booze has been banned for the past year at the campground where people stay over after concerts. The amphitheater operator, House of Blues Concerts, had asked for the ban to be lifted. Neighbors and the sheriff wanted the ban to stay in place. The Gorge opens its season May 24th with the Sasquatch Music Festival.

Briscar served on the External Affairs committee of IAAM and was named to the Board of Directors for the International Entertainment Buyers Association.

Montage Mountain Amphitheater Now Is Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Changes are afoot at Montage Mountain Amphitheater near Scranton, PA. First, the venue will now be known as the Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Secondly, promoter Clear Channel Entertainment is putting up a new pedestrian walkway that will ease congestion. Previously, there were a single entrance and exit.

To help draw more people to concerts, kids under 12 will get in free with their parents, when adults buy a lawn seat ticket. This offer is good only at selected concerts.

"I can see some dads and moms rubbing their hands with glee because they're going to be able to show their kids what kind of music they might like," said Danny Wilde of Clear Channel Entertainment. "Who knows, they may convert some of those kids into fans," he told TV station WNEP.

CCE believe the changes will translate into more ticket, food and beverage sales.

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