The Davisson Brothers cancel Parkersburg Homecoming performance

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PARKERSBURG — The entertainment organizers for the Parkersburg Homecoming immediately responded to the cancellation of the major act opening the three-day festival.

“This is not our first rodeo,” said Rick Modesitt of Rick Modesitt Associates.

The Davisson Brothers of Fairmont were scheduled to perform 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, opening night of the homecoming.

However, the band exercised a cancellation clause in its contract that allows it to accept a major national tour or any television or movie appearances, according to United Talent, which represents the band.

“The Davisson Brothers are having to cancel their performances between Aug. 13 and 26,” Lance Roberts, who represents the band, said. “They are too upset about this, however, can’t pass up on this career opportunity.”

Other dates that will be canceled by the Davisson Brothers are on Aug. 18, Aug. 22 and Aug. 25.

The cancellation clause is not uncommon in contracts with bands with a national reputation, Modesitt said. It’s a wonderful chance for the group, he said.

“It’s good for them,” Modesitt said.

News of the cancellation was released late Thursday.

RMA immediately began contacting its sources to find a replacement and by early Friday had interest in the gig, Modesitt said.

“I’m just now preparing to send an offer,” he said.

A cancellation at a past homecoming occurred at 11 a.m., but the vacancy was filled and a band was on the stage at 8 p.m. that day, Modesitt said.