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Concert tickets now on sale

June 7, 2014

By Stephanie Salmons, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

June 07--RiverPark Center Executive Director Roxi Witt says the facility is trying to reach folks who grew up in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and she's hoping a September concert featuring Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots will do just that.

The bands share equal billing for the 7:30 p.m.Sept. 12 concert at the RiverPark Center, 101 Daviess St., Owensboro. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

Witt says it's "very much a bottom up kind of concert," meaning members of the community as well as previous board members said they wanted to hear this kind of music.

"Our first response was that's great, we'd love to do it, but we've had trouble selling tickets to these kinds of things and we don't have any programming endowment. So we've got to make sure we at least break even."

That's why sponsors are critical, she said, because they help minimize the risk.

"Members of the community as well as (the Marilyn and William) Young Foundation are graciously helping underwrite this and making this concert possible," she said.

Travis Estes, RiverPark's director of sales and marketing, said a concert featuring these artists appeal to the baby boomer generation.

"I hate to use the word nostalgic, but it's nostalgic," Estes said. "It is a part of musical history. All of these people were instrumental in lending their stamp on American pop music. It is a nostalgic moment where people can and listen to these original artists they've heard for years."

According to information provided by Estes, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap had six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act. Singles include "Young Girl," "Don't Give In To Him," and more.

The Buckinghams were made famous by their chart-topping hit with their No. 1 song, "Kind of a Drag."

The Grass Roots have charted 29 singles, 13 of which went gold and have two gold albums and a platinum album. Their hits include "Let's Live for Today," and more.

Offering a variety of concerts is "just a way to diversity our programming for our audience and it's a way to diversify our audience for the venue," Estes said. "One can't happen without the other"

Regular tickets go on sale Saturday and cost $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50. Those who buy during the pre-sale period, which runs through Friday, will save $5 on each ticket.

Call the RiverPark box office at 270-687-2787 or visit using the code word "BOOMER."

Stephanie Salmons


Twitter: @StephReports


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