terry charles | behind the stage | july 2016
Don't look now, but the end of summer is shaping up to be one of our busiest ever. Summer is usually a slower time for events in our complex because let's face it; most shows are outside at festivals, fairs or amphitheaters. We certainly have done concerts or events during the summer months in the past, but it's rare for what's about to happen end of July through August.
We are scheduled to have WWE presents NXT Live on July 28 at Shopko Hall followed by “I Love The 90s – The Party Continues Tour" August 4 at the Resch Center. After those two shows we get a few weeks off before we crush it at the end of the month with the recently announced Stevie Nicks concert on August 23, Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down on August 25 and Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band on August 30. All three of those concerts are at the Resch Center.
That's a pretty good haul for summer. Two of the concerts are on a Friday night and two are on a Wednesday night. The NXT event is also a Friday night. I know some people weren't crazy to see the Wednesday night concerts because of having to go to work the next day. Still others were not crazy about the Friday night concerts because many head up to the cottage for the summer weekends. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of control of what night we get a concert.
The NXT event will be in Shopko Hall again like it was when it was here the last time. It features the up and coming “superstars" from the WWE pipeline. Many fans really like it because it's a more intimate experience in a smaller venue. The fans of this show say there is more pure wrestling compared to WWE's Raw or Smackdown. It sold out last time.
The I Love The 90s concert is a return of sorts. We had a 90s show here a year ago that was a smashing success that included some hip-hop type artists. This time around the show includes TLC, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, All 4 One, Biz Markie, Snap and more. Should be another interesting night!
Stevie Nicks will be making her first return appearance to the Resch Center since she appeared with Fleetwood Mac several years ago. She's had a pretty successful solo career along with the Fleetwood Mac gig and has collectively sold more than 140 million albums. She promises to sing her classics along with a few from her most recent albums. The concert has really gotten a good response.
Toby Keith is no stranger to the Resch having performed here many times in the early years of the building including back-to-back nights. It's interesting that he's teaming up with 3 Doors Down for his opener. Word is the two groups struck up a friendship on the campaign trail last fall.
Bob Seger was last here about four years ago and the show was a solid, sold-out success. I couldn't believe how great he sounded and can only believe it will be as good this time around. The promoters are billing it as the last time he'll be at the Resch Center. Time will only tell I guess. We're just glad he “turned the page" and is “on the road again."
Terry Charles is public relations manager for Green Bay-based PMI Entertainment Group. He's all about media relations, publicity and social media for the Resch Center Complex, Meyer Theatre, Green Bay Gamblers Hockey and other events produced by PMI. When not at work, please don't hit him with your car as he runs and bikes around the Green Bay area. You can follow him on Twitter at @TCCharles.