No free summer concerts in Moore Square this year

25 Apr

When I was 19, I went to a Backstreet Boys concert. But before you start laughing, let me explain. I was taking two preteen girls, whose parents would rather do anything than endure a boy band show. And, I admit it, there was a time when I was known to turn up the radio in my ’86 Buick Skyhawk and blast “As Long As You Love Me.”

Ten years later, I’m happy my musical tastes have improved. So you can bet I won’t be at the new Raleigh Amphitheatre on June 6. That’s when the Backstreet Boys will roll into the capital city to christen the new amphitheater. Am, I disappointed? Yes. I didn’t even know the Backstreet Boys were still together. But apparently they are, and Live Nation is bringing them here.

I’ll spare you a rant on who I believe Live Nation should be booking. New Raleigh let its writers and readers list their picks, and if Live Nation took a cue from this post, then I’d have a little more hope for this future Raleigh venue.

Here are details from the city about the new venue:

The 5,000-seat Raleigh Amphitheatre and Festival Site is being constructed in Downtown Raleigh on land just west of the Raleigh Convention Center, bounded by McDowell, Cabarrus, Dawson and Lenoir streets. The venue is scheduled to open in early June. In addition to concerts and comedy shows, the Raleigh Amphitheatre and Festival Site will host cultural festivals and other special events. It is projected to attract up to 225,000 visitors annually. The City’s net proceeds from all events at the venue are projected to be approximately $500,000 per year for the first five years.


Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, the free Raleigh Downtown Live concert series in Moore Square isn’t happening this year. I guess it’s probably pretty hard to get people to buy tickets to the Backstreet Boys if some other ’90s boy band is playing for free in Moore Square.

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