Black River Coliseum
just curious

Quitman, AR

#1 Jun 8, 2008
I went to a concert there a few weeks ago and I was curious about what everyone thinks about this place? The staff, facility, the concerts and other events they hold...things like that.

Since: Apr 08

Poplar Bluff

#2 Jun 8, 2008
They need more concerts!
Bubba

Tempe, AZ

#3 Jun 8, 2008
It would be better if so many hillbillies didn't attend the shows.
EMSGuy

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Jun 8, 2008
Bubba wrote:
It would be better if so many hillbillies didn't attend the shows.
Coming from a guy named "Bubba"? You're funny! You should have seen the crowd at TNA Wrestling.....
EMSGuy

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Jun 8, 2008
One area of weakness is the entrance to the concert. I've worked backstage at all of them and even the performers have commented of the inefficiency of getting people into the venue. Generally there are still hundreds of ticket holders outside, waiting to get in when the opening acts start. At the last concert, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Wreckless Kelly, and John D. Hale, held up the start of the show to allow more people in. The promoter wasn't real happy, but he understood their position- you can't start the show without the fans.

Either the doors need to open sooner or they need to increase the staff to improve the speed of getting people in their seats. I'd be upset if I paid $35 for tickets and missed the openers just because the arm banding took too long.
Concert Guy

Poplar Bluff, MO

#6 Jun 9, 2008
In the beg. they had someone that knew what they were doing. When it opened we had Nelley, 3 doors down, 98 degrees, Poison. They are all pretty big for this area and they all sold out so money was made. Since then we have only country or they are bringing people here that we already had. The first time 3 doors down came they were up and coming and pretty hot. They just had them again last year and they haven't done squat. Needs new management.
EMSGuy

Poplar Bluff, MO

#7 Jun 9, 2008
They have fairly new management and he is working hard to get top notch entertainment for the area. The past manager felt that a community coliseum was for "community" events- like Bingo, Flea Markets, Flower shows, etc.

While there have been numerous country acts, most have done well.

The administration of the coliseum is dependent upon promoters being willing to book a venue this size and they are really the ones that set the shows. Local management markets to the promoters- you probably won't see Tool, Godsmack, and other top rock bands playing a 4000-5000 seat venue and if they do, it'll be tough to sell out at $40 or more per seat.

I think we've been pretty lucky to have the groups we've seen- Switchfoot was good, as was Three Doors Down, Montgomery Gentry, Larry the Cable Guy, Cross Canadian Ragweed.

I'd like to see a Blues Festival with the likes of BB King, Buddy, Guy, and maybe Etta James. They do play arenas this size, and face it, BB isn't getting any younger. He's a blues legend and well worth seeing!

Since: Jun 08

Faridabad, India

#8 Jun 10, 2008
EMSGuy wrote:
They have fairly new management and he is working hard to get top notch entertainment for the area. The past manager felt that a community coliseum was for "community" events- like Bingo, Flea Markets, Flower shows, etc.
While there have been numerous country acts, most have done well.
The administration of the coliseum is dependent upon promoters being willing to book a venue this size and they are really the ones that set the shows. Local management markets to the promoters- you probably won't see Tool, Godsmack, and other top rock bands playing a 4000-5000 seat venue and if they do, it'll be tough to sell out at $40 or more per seat.
I think we've been pretty lucky to have the groups we've seen- Switchfoot was good, as was Three Doors Down, Montgomery Gentry, Larry the Cable Guy, Cross Canadian Ragweed.
I'd like to see a Blues Festival with the likes of BB King, Buddy, Guy, and maybe Etta James. They do play arenas this size, and face it, BB isn't getting any younger. He's a blues legend and well worth seeing!
BB would be great but he was at the Family Arena in St. Charles in Feb, and I was told by family that tickets were 65 dollars. I don't see that going over here in Poplar Bluff. Not when you can go to Memphis and see him at his bar twice a year for $40
EMSGuy

Saint Louis, MO

#9 Jun 10, 2008
Good point- as much as I enjoy seeing him, I'd have a hard time justifying $65.(I guess that's an advantage to working the shows!)

Just a suggestion anyway, probably won't happen here.

Hey, BB is diabetic. Maybe he needs a private duty medic to carry his glucose testing supplies he buys from Wilfred Brimley!

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