It has not been that long ago when I overheard a concert promoter tell an artist after a less-than-glorious concert, "I just wish I could figure out what audiences want. Maybe I need to start bringing in dancing bears."
At first, helping that promoter discover the answer to his dilemma might appear to be a simple task. But after a few minutes of thinking, the answer can also be found mired in mud.
Each promoter's primary promoting area and audiences are different. For example, some audiences like traditional Southern Gospel; others like Bluegrass Gospel. Then there are those fans who'd prefer to hear a family group over a quartet—and vice versa.
What about the audiences that what to hear a lot of groups? But don't forget those who want simply want to hear two groups on an event.
Some people like concerts with lots of lights, videos, and other production enhancements. Some fans would rather just turn the lights on and let the groups sing.
By now, you see the picture.
Periodically, promoters ask for my opinion on what to do with their concerts. At best I can only offer my personal thoughts and suggestions, but opinions are like tax bills—there are enough different ones to utterly confuse someone. To me the best opinions a promoter can use come directly from the ticket buyers—and that's where you come in.
In response to the requests of a few promoters, I'm opening Danny's Diary
so that readers can describe their idea of "the" perfect concert. Naturally, this is not about a certain artist or grouping of artists. Instead it is each person's opinion of what makes up the ingredient list of a great concert.
So start typing. While I don't want to put dancing bears out of business, I do want to provide solid insights to the Southern Gospel promoter. Share your helpful thoughts, whether they be brief or in-depth. Your comments will be shared with the men and women who showcase the greatest music in the world!
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