An amphitheater close to the hearts of many jam fans won’t host any concerts this summer. MyWalworthCounty.com reports Live Nation has announced it will not be opening the famed Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, Wisconsin for the 2017 season.
“It’s an unusual year in that a lot of artists we’ve traditionally hosted are playing in other buildings or not playing at all this season,” Jon Reens, Live Nation vice-president of marketing for Midwest music, told My Walworth County. “Either they’re not coming through Wisconsin or are playing at places like Wriggly Field instead of Alpine Valley,” he continued. “Dave Matthews, the band, isn’t touring this year. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are touring together, but they’re playing at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago.”
The good news for local music fans is that Live Nation isn’t giving up on the venue. Reens told the paper Live Nation “is committed to re-opening the music venue for the 2018 season and are already focusing on that.” He noted, “We have absolutely zero intention of abandoning the facility. We are refocusing on 2018 to build a more robust schedule. We had to make a difficult decision to not open for this year, but we’re focusing on 2018.”
The 37,000-capacity venue hosted concerts from Dead & Company, Dave Matthews Band and more last summer.[Hat Tip – @TweeterReprise / OnMilwaukee]