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What a wicked thing to do -- few turn out for stellar Chris Isa...

There are 24 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 3, 2009, titled What a wicked thing to do -- few turn out for stellar Chris Isa.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

You know what was a shame about the Chris Isaak/The Wallflowers show at Musikfest 's main RiverPlace stage Saturday? Just 2,550 tickets sold in the 6,500-seat venue.

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Dogface

Dublin, PA

#1 Aug 3, 2009
Sounds like it was a good show.
Valley Chief

Kingston, PA

#2 Aug 3, 2009
The sad truth is that the selections to perform at this year's fest are poor choices. The staff at Artsquest, although do a great job, have really been slacking when it comes to selecting performances that will appeal to the most amount of people. This has been a trend for the past few years. Its not about knowing music, its about knowing marketing. Isaak is a great muscian but if he walked into Panera on Tilghman street, most people wont even know who he is. After revviewing the line-ups for the past 3 years, someone is either getting lazy or trying to be too creative with the budget. The feature stage needs featured acts.
duh

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Aug 3, 2009
this guy played elvis styled songs who wantsp to hear that
Craveman

Easton, PA

#4 Aug 3, 2009
Isaak plays small auditoriums at the Jersey casinos. The Wallflowers are at least 8 years past having any popularity. The Commodores have TWO original members left. I'll say it again, the acts at Musikfest (for the most part) don't work in a large, outdoor venue. But I bet they come cheap!

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#5 Aug 3, 2009
You can't claim this is an economy driven thing. I went to the Chicago-Earth Wind and Fire concert at the AllState on 6/26, and the place was packed.

these 2 acts just don't have the popularity anymore!
Bobnoxious

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Aug 3, 2009
To Chris Isaak's credit, he and Silvertone played that show as if 10,000 people were there. I was in the front against the barrier with my wife and friend and he bought down the house!
Fester

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Aug 3, 2009
What is really sad is that the Musikfest Membership Club ($$$$), no longer lets permits members stroll in and sit on the lawn, that is the dirty little secret they don't want you to know!
The Memebership thing is now just a pay to play thing- privledge to buy tickets, AFTER the top sponsors get a crack at them.
Mosquito-Fest Stinks

Allentown, PA

#8 Aug 3, 2009
Hey Mr Parks-- You are a colossal MORON insisting on having the big shows at river place--- didn't get the hint yet? You must be a Rube!! Everyone trys to get away from the river and canal during August because of the flesh biting bugs--=- but you put the stage in the middle of both!!! Are you public school educated? I thought so....
fan

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Aug 3, 2009
I agree. The show was amazing. He's probably not popular in this area because the lehigh valley is too much top 40 and that awful "classic" rock.
Bobnoxious wrote:
To Chris Isaak's credit, he and Silvertone played that show as if 10,000 people were there. I was in the front against the barrier with my wife and friend and he bought down the house!
Nobama Pelosi Reid

United States

#10 Aug 3, 2009
Valley Chief wrote:
The sad truth is that the selections to perform at this year's fest are poor choices. The staff at Artsquest, although do a great job, have really been slacking when it comes to selecting performances that will appeal to the most amount of people. This has been a trend for the past few years. Its not about knowing music, its about knowing marketing. Isaak is a great muscian but if he walked into Panera on Tilghman street, most people wont even know who he is. After revviewing the line-ups for the past 3 years, someone is either getting lazy or trying to be too creative with the budget. The feature stage needs featured acts.
Actually it's about who's available, who's interested and how much do I get! That's what it comes to.
well ok

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Aug 3, 2009
Who is he anyway ?
New fan

Glen Mills, PA

#12 Aug 3, 2009
The small crowd did not stop them from putting on an AMAZING show. The crowd, while small, was energetic and the bands sounded great. Too bad more people didn't give it a chance. I went on a whim and was so pleasantly surprised.
bethlehemite

Fleetwood, PA

#13 Aug 3, 2009
I would have loved to see this show, it sounds amazing. Unfortunately I'm only going to one Riverplace show this year due to economics (not that I don't go to shows, it's just I can't afford to spend that much on shows in one week!)

I would love to see many of the Musikfest acts but in different venues where acoustics are better and there isn't mud and straw and bugs. Maybe I'm getting old!
New Law

Roseland, NJ

#14 Aug 3, 2009
Thought he was dead
Moe Green

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Aug 3, 2009
Did anyone hear Brass RAdio Return???
wow

Allentown, PA

#16 Aug 3, 2009
Most of the ticket-buying crowd around here doesn't go for this type of music. They want rockin' oldies or music to get wasted to. This stuff is too high-brow, too "elitist" for them. Very narrow-minded folk.
MotoGP

Dodge Center, MN

#17 Aug 3, 2009
MusicFarce!!!

They never get anyone at the peak of their popularity except American Idol crap!! The fact that they get American Idol contestants should be telling you something....it's a farce! Not a fest!

The mainstage is in a pit of steam and heat and bugs.

It's a farce I tells ya!
matt

Allentown, PA

#18 Aug 3, 2009
They do a horrible job selecting entertainment.
musicfan

Allentown, PA

#19 Aug 3, 2009
I couldn't figure out why these two acts were paired together. Dylan fans most likely are not also Isaak fans. And the seats in the "VIP" section were $98 to sit on folding chairs in a field of mosquitos. This just doesn't make any sense at all.
isaak fan pa

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Aug 3, 2009
Bobnoxious wrote:
To Chris Isaak's credit, he and Silvertone played that show as if 10,000 people were there. I was in the front against the barrier with my wife and friend and he bought down the house!
I saw Chris Isaak at the Keswick just last week, I went to see him again at the Fest and I'll go to his show in NYC this week. He puts on a great show. He may not get played on the radio, which is probably why people don't go to his shows. From what I saw, the guys in the audience were enjoying the show as much as the women. When you go to his shows, you get you money's worth!! These guys still perform like they're a club band, they all work up a sweat and will occasionally play a sone someone shouts out(I have yet to hear them play Freebird, Chris usually tells Hershel to play it.)
For those of you who didn't go, you missed a great show. You could tell the band was really into the crowd. They probably wuld have played more. I think this show was better than the Keswick show.

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