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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Not only do the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce music series continue to grow in popularity, but are also keeping up with the times.
When the Third Annual Winter Music Series kicks off Feb. 9, rather than buying paper tickets at the door or earlier at the chamber office, it will now take place digitally.
“All tickets had to be purchased online this year,” Dena Kreitler, executive director of the chamber, explained. “And once you received or once your payment went through, then you were sent a digital ticket. So all tickets now will be electronically scanned in as you enter the door. So you’ll either have your printout from the confirmation that we send you or you can show us the QR code on your phone. And we’ll just scan that QR code at the door.”
This will allow the Chamber to better track which concert sponsors are using their tickets.
“It just gives us a better tracking for each ticket sold,” Kreitler said.
She noted that sponsors’ tables at the concerts would be marked differently.
“Each table sponsor was identified at the table by like a little placard, a standing placard,” Kreitler said. “This year what we did is we created a table cling. They’re an 18 by 18 size, so they’ll consume most of the table.”
The table cling will have the sponsor’s name on it.
“So, there won’t be any, there shouldn’t be any confusion on which tables are sponsored versus which tables are not,” Kreitler said.
As has been the tradition for both the Winter and Summer Music Series, the lineup will feature both returning ands and new ones.
Of the six bands on tap for this winter, four have been here in the past.
Returning bands are Southern Gypsi (Feb. 9), Crossroads (March 1), The Outsiders (March 8) and Saints Till Friday (March 15).
New to the series will be the Southside Johnny Band (Feb. 16) and Dear Darla (Feb. 23).
“We added Southside Johnny Band and Dear Darla,” Kreitler said. “Both of those shows actually are longer than three hours. They’re going to be a four-hour show, just because that’s what they typically do. So we accommodated them with that and that was no problem. Everybody else is a three-hour show.”
A couple of the concerts are already sold out. Kreitler encourages music fans to act quickly.
The Winter Music Series and the venerable Summer Music Series, going strong after ore than 15 years, are both continuing to gain in popularity.
“They’re both very popular,” Kreitler said. “I guess it’s a good problem to have. When you do an event, you definitely want it to be successful and you want to sell out of everything that you can.
“The downfall of that is that we are limited to our space, and so, those tickets sell out so quickly. That can, you know, sometimes create a negative effect to those who really wanted to attend. So, I just tell everybody all the time, watch our social media platforms and our website religiously, because when those things go on sale, it’s really fair game to anybody.
“So, we just encourage everyone to get your tickets as soon as they come out because they’re not promised to be there for much longer. But yeah, it’s a great problem to have.