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City needs extra cash to lure big name concerts

March 20, 2013

The city will need more cash than it has on hand if it wants to get musical concerts at Bowman Field....

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Billtown101

Mar-24-13 2:40 PM

WELL, I stand corrected; politically correct, but corrected non-the-less.

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jeff33

Mar-24-13 7:29 AM

NEGR0

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Billtown101

Mar-23-13 2:16 PM

Oh for Pete sake!

Chuck's last name has Nothing to do with the SG... Look at the spelling, and consider what a text filter does.

Good grief.

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jeff33

Mar-22-13 8:47 AM

This is so funny the Scum-Gazette will not even print Chucks last name probably from all the Dope he shot up!

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jeff33

Mar-22-13 8:44 AM

When 3 dog Night was doing a reunion tour years ago they played at the C.C.C. only a couple of the originals, I ask Chuck *****n if he remembers being in Williamsport back in the early 70s when they were the best rock band at that time, he said no he barely remembers anything during their heyday he said the dope rule his life then, you know the kind when you put that needle in your arm!

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Billtown101

Mar-21-13 6:01 PM

I went to that 3DN concert. As I recall, (and I still can) security couldn't handle the unexpected crowd that evening. People were climbing the fences!! Finally, security had to just pull back from the entrance and, God only knows how many more streamed in. It was great, it was wild, and the city ... Lost Control, Real Fast. - So, if you can remember being there try to remember also there was more going on than just drugs, booze, sex, and rock-n-roll. (um, so I heard).

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nosferatu

Mar-21-13 3:52 PM

Anyone here old enough to remember 3 Dog Night or Badfinger at Bowman Field? I don't believe they were money losing propositions, however, I doubt we charged a fee for every little thing. Plus, it would get Williamsport out of the stone age to get a few fairly well known rock bands or indie bands to Bowman.

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localguy

Mar-21-13 11:26 AM

If you want RAP concerts in this town, put them in Brandon Park. Too many problems associated with those type of events. Better yet, scratch any RAP concerts; very bad idea! Leave the concerts to Lycoming College and the CAC, they've got it down pat.

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Chattycat

Mar-21-13 9:49 AM

Please forget about money for more entertainment and repair the horrible streets in this town. I've worn my teeth down to the gums from grinding them every time I drive up Campbell between 4th and the hospital. Most of the streets here are destroying our vehicles!

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JohnMBower

Mar-20-13 11:30 PM

(Please note that the starred-out word in my post below referred to a street drug, an opiate that starts with "H" and sounds like the feminine form of "Hero".) Sun Gazette, why are you censoring that word? We are in the beginning phases of a real public health crisis in Williamsport and not being able to talk about it won't help anything.

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JohnMBower

Mar-20-13 11:26 PM

Dear Mr. Mayor, Perhaps you could get back to the business of being a mayor and stop trying to be an entertainment director for a city that doesn't need one? Our roads are a disgrace. Murder is far too common. ****** is destroying families all over town. Yet *this* is how you spend your work week? Meeting with concert promoters? Disgraceful...

Your last venture at Bowman Field was a miserable failure, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars of money that wasn't yours to waste, so why would we trust you with this? We need you to buckle down and do your job for a while and stop trying distract us with trivialities.

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Billtown101

Mar-20-13 5:26 PM

Funny; and NOT in a humorous way. When I was growing up and able to make a buck, if I couldn't afford it I didn't get it. Same lesson I passed on to my little citizens. Strange now-a-days, to see a silver-spoon diva up in the Billtown Ivory Tower who wouldn't know want from hotwater soup!! BUT, by GOD!! The Tax payers will foot the bill, buy the tickets, and pay for the failure too boot! - MAYBE, Gabe can finagle Private Concerts in his garden right next to his personal Natural Gas Pump!!

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eriklatranyi

Mar-20-13 4:50 PM

It is ludicrous to think tax money is being used for public concerts.

I find that to be an impeachable offense.

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enoughalready

Mar-20-13 12:38 PM

East End-- I have no idea why the city wants to diversify into entertainment when they can't even do what they are tasked with now. No city that is cutting police and fireman should be using tax dollars to promote entertainment. There are professional event planners and promotors-- let one of those businesses do this. Wwhickok-- there is a new Stopper business going into the former Wendy's on Washington Blvd, but even so people wont want to walk that far to park. Lycoming doesn't have enough spaces of their own so I doubt they would be willing to rent any for events. There are so many stipulation on the Brandon Park land I doubt a parking lot could be built. Magic1- it's not that people think all these ideas are dumb or won't work (which BTW we have been proven correct on most of them) but the homeowners of Williamsport are tired of paying for these pipe dreams. As I stated earlier, there are businesses who promote entertainment, why is the City getting into this business?

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biobabycj

Mar-20-13 11:48 AM

i think there may be some confusion here. big name concerts we would have to buy tickets for, and should be either seen at the CAC, or Lycoming college like they used to years ago. bowman field held smaller name concerts, you still had to pay for, but tickets were less and the concerts at brandon park bandshell anyone could go to. those concerts there would be for community special programs or local music group competitions. i dont believe a big name concert could be held at brandon park because you cant charge admission and the parking situation. and, LOL the bandshell would probably crumble as old as it is, with the loud amps these professional bands have..

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biobabycj

Mar-20-13 11:38 AM

let the big names come to the community arts center.. they arent whining about needing money to come here.. who will pay for this need??? the city residents?? arent they paying for enough stuff not so brilliant people come up with there in williamsport??? if you dont have the money, just like the rest of us, then go without. let the big names go to community arts center.

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Magic1

Mar-20-13 11:33 AM

I agree with most of ur points wwhicok....except for one I don't think the policitians destroyed the city, it's the attitudes of its citizens that displayed well on this comment board! "This is a bad idea", "it's different I don't like it", or "I think it's stupid". The thinking in this town is old, out-dated, and not progressive. And they wonder why people are leaving and crime is up,cuz attitudes like this force people out of the area. Thinking like that causes no growth or opportunities! And guess what?....you need that to survive in today's world. Until the attitudes and thinking change in our citizens theis city is in trouble.

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wwhickok

Mar-20-13 11:10 AM

-continued-

What I think many of us might admit to having remembered as the heart and soul of this city.

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wwhickok

Mar-20-13 11:10 AM

EastEnd, I brought that up and you make a very good point, unless they put up a huge wall around the entire seating area, yeah, it's basically impossible to charge for tickets...UNLESS they're closing off the entire park and selling 'standing room only' type tickets. Would still be very difficult considering how many road blocks they'd have to put up, but it's also the only logical solution.

I agree with your other point, why does it always have to be a business? we used to have the 'ampitheater' or whatever it was called at that time next to the Court House downtown for years, all those tables and concession areas, in the summer the place was booming with life. The shops were up and running, life seemed 'great'. I was a kid so yea..there's that. When they cut a road into the middle of downtown (Pine Street) all of that disappeared. Life as we knew it downtown seemed to die. The shops now are a poor excuse for a marketplace. The politicians in this city have all but killed

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wwhickok

Mar-20-13 11:05 AM

enoughalready, the bandshell (i can never remember that's what it is called) You're right, that is a VERY valid point. I do think there is something they could do about that (I'm not sure what, I just believe if they wanted to they could find a solution). In all seriousness, didn't Wendy's just close? I don't know if anything is going in there or not? If not, I know it's not exactly convenient but it's not that far of a walk, they could clear that building out and add parking there. That's not the ideal solution it's just a start, sort of. They could probably also rent some parking somewhere, perhaps the Lycoming College, for events. Again, what you brought up is a very valid point. In general, I'd really just like to see them utilize the Bandshell again like they used to. But I see all kinds of issues with Bowman field. First of all, I'd rather see them just get rid of the Crosscutters all together and convert the stadium to a "concert/event" arena permenantly.

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EastEnd

Mar-20-13 11:01 AM

It is also difficult to charge for concerts in the bandshell.

Why does our city feel the need to be in the entertainment business?

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enoughalready

Mar-20-13 10:37 AM

One of the problems with concerts at the bandshell is there is no parking.

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eric88

Mar-20-13 8:52 AM

I agree with converting bowman field to a concert venue. The cutters are dreadful and most of the attendees could see the same quality of play at a local toddlers T-ball event. Might actually bring in outside visitors instead of only local cutters attendees coerced in to attending through free nights or corporate giveaways

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wwhickok

Mar-20-13 8:46 AM

Jeff, Willie Nelson was already in town, at the Community Arts Center, sometime last year I think.

I don't have a problem with Country or Lil Wayne even though there isn't another genre I dislike more than rap. I know they'll never do anything with Brandon Park because then they could make revenue off of ticket sales. But the reality is there are far more important things that need attention in this city than more tourist attractions.

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jeff33

Mar-20-13 8:31 AM

If your going to bring in country bring the KING! Willie Nelson and Family!

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