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Look at what they can do with all that money they won't be spending on a summer event. Concerts, and a summer-time RPT show!

Speaking of location, I believe the concert series next year will be held in Festhaus park like they used to be when there was a summertime show in the RPT. Also, I have heard Landscaping has been prepping FHP(Overseeding and Aeration(Growing New Grass)) for "events" next year...
 
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They may have not been my thing, but I know a bunch of people who were dissapointed in no concerts this past season. I liked concert days because once they started, the park was dead outside of the RPT.
 
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Am I the only one who thinks concerts at a theme park are unnecessary? I go to theme parks for original/unique content. There are several concert venues in Hampton Roads, so there is no need. I see that people enjoy them; I am just perplexed by it though. I'd rather be riding rides or seeing original shows than taking up time watching a concert. When Peter Frampton came some years back I was there that day but I stayed away from Festhaus park and enjoyed the coasters that night. To each his own, I guess.
 

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I don't like the shows, and I don't think they bring money into the park, but I accept their existence. As for other venues, the more concert venues the more likely we will get concerts in the region.
 
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About the only thing that I really have much interest in is Glory at the Gardens. I guess it's because those are the only affordable artists that might have some songs I know. MercyMe, although they are a Christian band, they are played on Light 98. It's their only way of having top chart listing artists without breaking the bank. I also know that Michael W. Smith is known for having a good relationship with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

The rest of them that I like are the "oldies" bands. Most of them are not quite what they used to be, but it's still cool to see them. I also agree with Imaginique about the crowds dissipating. I decided one time that rather than actually watching Casting Crowns, I would do a Griffon marathon and catch the finale. That was a big win for me.
 
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I for one loved the concerts and really missed them  as far as I could see the concerts had nothing to do with stopping the ones who go to the park for the rides the concerts never shut down one rids, the reason several years ago that I started buying a park pass was because of the shows then I started riding the coasters again and now I love BOTH!!
 

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CastleOSullivan said:
I also know that Michael W. Smith is known for having a good relationship with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

ACK!
Every time his name comes up I get a shooting pain in the front of my head. Back in college I was the radio station's chief engineer. The other engineer ran a "Christian music," hour. For live testing purposes I would often come in during his show and have him run things for me. (it was just easier to work with another engineer then with a average DJ.) Anyway, he must have play 2 to 3 Smith songs for every show, and his station ID had Smith as the background music.

This guy was weird to begin with, but his obsession with Smith made me want to quit working at the station sometimes...

Needless to say, I am not a fan.
 

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Oh dear lord, The Laurie Berkner Band will be there April 30th.

If you do not have a child who watched Nick Jr. on the reg, you probably will not know who she it. DO NOT YOUTUBE HER! For your sanity, please listen to me. JUST from Googling her name, my head has now been invaded.

If you must, may I recommend such hits as "I'm Me, and You're You," Smile," I'm Gonna Catch You," "Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and the Turtle)" and my personal favorite "Family."
 

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RocketChk said:
Oh dear lord, The Laurie Berkner Band will be there April 30th.

If you do not have a child who watched Nick Jr. on the reg, you probably will not know who she it. DO NOT YOUTUBE HER! For your sanity, please listen to me. JUST from Googling her name, my head has now been invaded.

If you must, may I recommend such hits as "I'm Me, and You're You," Smile," I'm Gonna Catch You," "Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and the Turtle)" and my personal favorite "Family."

Should I run for my life then like I do for Sesame street and other such shows
 
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The Hessian said:
Should I run for my life then like I do for Sesame street and other such shows
Laurie Berkner is far worse than any Sesame Street show. She is a onetime indie rocker chick wannabe who fell into kids' music because she found it much easier to write (true story). We should just stop there and be done, but in the interest of driving home the point... her melodic aspirations and ideas are pretty uninteresting, yet they often tend to outpace the capability of her thin singing voice. She nails the "okay, let's just get through this" experience common to parents who have to repeatedly listen to kids' music, but without any of the timeless/valuable bits that good kids' music provides once in a while (see: Sesame Street). Bouncy yet uninteresting, and ultimately just excessively painful to listen to with repeat exposure, her stuff is empty musical calories. Annoyance without the value to justify the suffering. She makes Raffi look like Rachmaninoff. My kids thankfully never liked her very much, though a great many kids and some adults inexplicably do.

So yes, run for your life. Run for the same reason you'd run from the gigantic flying insects in Peter Jackson's King Kong remake that aggressively pounced on the Skull Island explorers' heads, slamming their proboscii through the men's skulls and slurping out their brains. Because "earworm" does not do justice to the irreparable violence Laurie Berkner's music will wreak upon your cognitive well-being.
 

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halfabee said:
Laurie Berkner is far worse than any Sesame Street show.  She is a onetime indie rocker chick wannabe who fell into kids' music because she found it much easier to write (true story).  We should just stop there and be done, but in the interest of driving home the point... her melodic aspirations and ideas are pretty uninteresting, yet they often tend to outpace the capability of her thin singing voice.  She nails the "okay, let's just get through this" experience common to parents who have to repeatedly listen to kids' music, but without any of the timeless/valuable bits that good kids' music provides once in a while (see: Sesame Street).  Bouncy yet uninteresting, and ultimately just excessively painful to listen to with repeat exposure, her stuff is empty musical calories.  Annoyance without the value to justify the suffering.  She makes Raffi look like Rachmaninoff.  My kids thankfully never liked her very much, though a great many kids and some adults inexplicably do.

So yes, run for your life.  Run for the same reason you'd run from the gigantic flying insects in Peter Jackson's King Kong remake that aggressively pounced on the Skull Island explorers' heads, slamming their proboscii through the men's skulls and slurping out their brains.  Because "earworm" does not do justice to the irreparable violence Laurie Berkner's music will wreak upon your cognitive well-being.

This is beautiful. A breathtaking narrative. Truly. I commend you.  

But please don't bring Raffi into this monstrosity. 'Baby Beluga' is still the sh!t.

For the tl;dr crowd...NO--you go back and read that. Then YOU, and you alone, can be responsible for your destiny on April 30th shall you decide to step into the Gates of Hell.

You have been warned.
 
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CastleOSullivan said:
It's their only way of having top chart listing artists without breaking the bank.


Christian Bands cost an arm and a leg to book too. Most Top-Tier acts won't play a theme park show no matter how much you throw at them, also the park can be filled just fine without throwing large sums of cash for larger more recent bands.

Now, The way I think if I had any say so I would book 2 more notable bands or acts a year that make no fiscal sense for a day or two boost season-wide attendance and raise awareness of the concert series, also to improve the parks relationship with the community... But, that's not how money people think, They only analyze the day to day take. Cause and effect for that single day... Which is an error I've seen many many venues make. You got to take risk when promoting shows. also I notice the park doesn't do much to keep people in the parks for their shows. It never seems they stack the lineup. Having artist a with artist b opening and maybe even an artist c that people give a damn about is how most every venue, from the tinest nightclub to the largest arena does it, to force additional product sales. You want people to be long there long enough to stay comfortable, but to be forced to leave their seat or spot to go buy some more crap...
 
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