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Lack Of Reserved Seating Forces James Brown Cancellation

It was a case of strong ticket sales but not enough reserved seating to match potential ticket buyers' requests, according to Rising Tide Productions' Bill Reid about the cancelled May 25 James Brown concert at The NorVa.

Of the venue's 1,500 capacity, it has only about 250 seats, and half the people who called wanted reserved seats, Reid told the Virginia Pilot.

The canceled concert had been billed as "The NorVa One Year Anniversary Show;" Brown was its first performer.

Ticketholders can get refunds or exchange tickets for orchestra seats at Harbor Center.

Brown will now perform Sept. 15 at the new 6,500-seat Harbor Center in Portsmouth, Va. that Rising Tide will also operate. It opens July 6.

"It's an opportunity for more people to see him,'' Reid said. "The stage is bigger. The audience can sit in reserved seats. There's a lawn so people can dance.''