PARKERSBURG - Reserved seats for this year's Point Park Concert Series are going fast.
Downtown PKB, a economic redevelopment organization, in February said reserved seating would be offered for the third year of the series, which features tribute acts to renowned performers.
Although general admission to the series, which draws thousands of people to the amphitheater at Point Park on the first Friday from June to September, remains free, canvas chairs are being offered this year for $60 a person or $100 a couple to guarantee a seat at all four concerts. After the final performance, buyers take the chairs home.
Photo courtesy of Downtown PKB
The Bruce Springsteen tribute act “Tramps Like Us” will perform for the July Fourth installment of the 2014 Point Park Concert Series.
Initially, 120 seats were offered.
"We sold out in, like, 10 days," said Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB. "It was almost all through word of mouth. I was actually very surprised but very pleased."
After checking the space, organizers decided there was room for a few more.
* June 6 - Fire and Rain Band, a Tribute to James Taylor
* July 4 - Tramps Like Us, a Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
* Aug. 1 - Journey Unauthorized, a Tribute to Journey
* Sept. 5 - Songs in the Attic, a Tribute to Billy Joel
For information about purchasing reserved seats, visit downtownpkb.com
"We want to make sure that there's still plenty of great seating left for people who just wanted to show up," Nesselrode said.
Nesselrode said the intent is to keep the concert series free and offering the reserved seating can help by providing additional revenue to support the events.
Downtown PKB volunteer Mary Ellen Manza was one of the first to put down her money for a seat.
The concert series "is such a great benefit for all of us in the area," the Vienna resident said. "But it was kind of hard to get down there and get a seat."
Nesselrode said residents last year staked their claims to spots the night before the concert when attendance rose from 1,800 at the June performance to about 3,000 in September.
Of the 80 seats added, only 40 remained as of Wednesday afternoon, Nesselrode said. Reservations can be made at the downtownpkb.com website and clicking on the "Point Park Concert Series" link under the events tab.