PITTSBURG — People young, old and in between filed into Memorial Auditorium Friday for what Director Chris Patterson hopes will be the first of many live music shows at the venue.
Country music singer Travis Tritt performed a solo, acoustic show at Memorial Auditorium Friday, and according to Patterson, brought in about 1,000 people. When Patterson took over at Memorial Auditorium, he did so with a goal of bringing in more live music, although he said this show was already in the works.
“This performance was in the works before I came here and was being finalized right about the time I started,” he said. “But it is a perfect example of the type of shows I want to bring here.
“This area has always had good support for country music shows, but I’m also looking to bring in some rock and pop acts to draw the college and younger people crowd.”
Patterson said he considered the show a success, and thought Tritt and his team would agree.
“There was a great energy in the theater just walking through,” Patterson said. “I think Travis felt that, too. His management originally told me he would play for about 90 minutes, but he ended up performing for right around two hours.”
He said Tritt’s promoters also liked the venue and are talking to Memorial Auditorium about working together again. Patterson is also working with several other national artists, as well as some local promoters.
“We’re looking at the possibility of putting local, live music in our lower level,” he said. “Which would have more of a music club feel.”
Patterson is looking forward to the multiple events to come and said he appreciates the amount of community support surrounding the show Friday.
“I’m really pleased with the way the community came out to support the show,” he said. “Colton’s Steakhouse even provided the after show food for Travis and his team, which was a very generous gesture.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.