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Concert Economy Booms as The Band Perry Rolls into Duluth

Updated: 03/01/2014 6:10 PM
Created: 03/01/2014 4:30 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

It can be hard to beat the winter blues, but thousands of Northlanders tried Saturday with some country music at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The Band Perry was headlining, but the concert was more than entertainment. It meant big business for Duluth.

Fans flocked from across the Northland for the concert. They stopped at restaurants and stayed in hotels so the concert turned up the volume for businesses in town.

The stage was set for The Band Perry on Saturday, and fans were frantic to fill the seats.

“I had to go. I just had to go, and I told him if he didn't go I'd find somebody else so he had to go,” Brenda Crow said.

She dragged her husband Greg all the way from International Falls for the show, but he didn't mind.

“On weekends like this it's the concerts. It's all about the concert,” Greg Crow said.

He said the couple does make a weekend out of the trip.

“We usually go out and eat at one of the local restaurants and we stay in the motel and we do a little shopping while we're here and drive around and do a little sight-seeing,” Crow said.

Thousands more fans have the same idea.

“I anticipate there will be a lot of cowboy hats and cowboy boots tonight, which is always fun to see,” Mallory Berg said.

Berg is a manager at Comfort Suites Hotel in Canal Park. She said the hotel filled up fast because of the concert.

“It definitely booked up really fast. We saw the change pretty much right when they announced it we were sold out,” Berg said.

But fans need a bite to eat too.

“People are here to see a show and they're going to want to get something to eat and to have a few beers and what better place to do that than the canal park area,” Pepin Young said.

Young is the general manager at Canal Park Brewing Company. He said business can slow down in winter, but concerts are a cure for the cold.

“When you get a band like Perry in or you get even like a Ludacris that's coming the next weekend we pretty much know we are going to do a 15 to 20 percent boost in business,” Young said.

So acts like The Band Perry are music to the ears of businesses in Duluth.

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