PLATTSBURGH — Promoters are working with the City of Plattsburgh to bring concerts to the Crete Center for the first time in years.
Blaine Wiggins, owner of Entertainment Trading Co. and its offshoot, Plattsburgh Live, said nine bands are expected to perform at the first concert, dubbed the Livin’ and Lovin’ Country Dance Party, scheduled for May 25.
Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the city has been trying to increase the uses for the Crete Center for many years.
“I am confident Blaine Wiggins and his family are going to bring not only the May show to the Crete Center and be successful, but future shows as well,” he said.
“I feel there is a definite interest by the promoters to utilize the Crete for future dates, which is great for the entire region.”
The doors open at noon May 25, and the event is slated to end around 11 p.m.
Scheduled performers include Steve Holy, Jason Michael Carroll, Jamie Lee Thurston, the Fulton Chain Gang, Grit & Grace, Movin’ On, Misty Creek, the Bootleg Band and Donnie and the Nomads II.
Plans call for acoustic sets from American Idol contestant Benjamin Bright and special guest Jimmy “T” Thurston.
Food, beverages and vendor displays are planned. Children can enjoy bounce houses that will be set up outside the center.
Wiggins said they will give away 100 passes to military personnel.
After that, discounted $10 tickets are available for emergency responders, such as law enforcement and firefighters. College students can also receive a discount, and kids age 6 and younger get free admission.
Tickets cost $15 if purchased before the event or $25 at the door.
Eagle Country 97.5 is one of the sponsors. Eagle Country President Arthur Belendiuk said they are excited to be part of the event and have long believed there should be more concerts in the Plattsburgh area.
“It’s a good opportunity for Plattsburgh and a great opportunity for the Crete Center,” he said. “Plattsburgh clearly has a lot of potential for events like this.”
Wiggins resides in Yorkville, but his brother, Jarett Wiggins, lives in Morrisonville. Jarett’s knowledge of the Plattsburgh area led to the creation of Plattsburgh Live.
“I’m kind of hoping to get a foothold as a hometown staple,” he said.
They would like to host an event in Plattsburgh every six weeks or so.
Former Poison singer Bret Michaels is expected to perform on Aug. 14.
City Recreation Department Director Steve Peters said the city is thrilled to provide a venue for these shows.
“It’s nice to have somebody working on our behalf to make this happen,” he said.
To obtain one of the free passes, email contact information to Wiggins at email@example.com. Information about other events is available at entertainmenttrading.co.
The company also posts information on Facebook and Twitter.
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