Family weekend concert canceled

Roberto Hodge, News Editor

Three Dog Night, the performing act for Family Weekend, canceled its concert because of health concerns.

The band was scheduled to perform Oct. 10 at Lantz Arena.

Ceci Brinker, the director of student life, said time is of the essence and they are currently looking at other alternatives to replace the band.

Brinker said because of the short notice and quick turnaround for the Family Weekend events, they will not have a concert, but will seek out quality and “affordable” acts.

“Let’s cut our losses and focus on a smaller scale, but affordable (acts),” Brinker said.

While there are minimal costs to the cancellation, she said the University Board is probably saving around $45,000.

Brinker said it is not often a band cancels a show, but it has happened before. She said they are now looking at local or novelty acts to replace the concert. She said their goal is to have a free act to make up for the cancellation, which will be announced Monday.

“We have seven days to put this together and turn this around,” Brinker said.

Because of health issues affecting Cory Wells, the band’s co-founder and lead singer, a doctor required the band to cancel some of their upcoming tour dates in the South and Midwest, according to a university press release.

More than 600 tickets were sold prior to the cancellation, Brinker said.

Refunds will be given through the ticket office on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union or the box office in the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

The tickets must be returned to the original place of purchase to receive a full refund; those who purchased tickets online or over phone via debit or credit card will automatically be credited at face value, no handling fees.

Ticket holders must wait up to 10 days to receive their refund.

 

Roberto Hodge can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]