Travis Tritt concert canceled

By Jim Stanford on August 2, 2011

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Travis Tritt won't play King.

Like, way, way canceled. And not because of the rainy weather.

Snow King Resort pulled the plug on the show because the Utah-based promoter did not follow through on a contract for an earlier concert, Confederate Railroad on July 21. And the promoter, Jason Taylor, salesman for a minor league baseball team, the Orem Owlz, is facing legal and financial woes in his home state stemming from unpaid bills for another botched event.

I’ve known the show was in jeopardy for some time, after Confederate Railroad was called off, but SmithTix continued to sell tickets until yesterday, when it posted a notice of the cancellation.

Dana Ahrensberg, manager of events at Snow King, sent an email to Taylor on July 18, saying, “I’m pulling the plug on Snow King’s involvement in the concert supposedly scheduled for July 21st at Snow King. Snow King will no longer participate in this event. Our property it NOT available for your use. As we have not received any money from you we have nothing to refund. Consider this discussed event & related hotel rooms cancelled, it will not occur on Snow King Resort property. I appreciate your interest in us as a venue. I’m not sure what happened here. Good luck with future endeavors.”

It appears the promoter was in way over his head. There were many clues all along: the hastily arranged nature of the Tritt concert, the immediate rescheduling to August, the way these shows came out of left field, the fact that someone thought Confederate Railroad would draw a big crowd on an outdoor stage. And, oh yeah, the “z” in Owlz.

So, sorry there will be no ticket giveaway. If Tritt still is passing through the region, he would be smart to pull his tour bus onto the Jackson Town Square and play the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar instead. He’d sell the place out, and it would be one hell of a show.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Brad August 2, 2011 8:48 am

    I suspected this might (not) happen as well. There appeared to be too many loose ends. Pretty brutal email from Dana that says a lot. Great suggestion on Tritt coming to Jackson anyway and packing the Cowboy. Which begs the greater question of why all the excuses from the Teton County Fair on not getting name talent for the Friday night concert venue. Not to disparage Lettuce (I went; terrific musicians, music not to my taste, left early), but, hey, TC Fair Board: If a Travis Tritt was available, and Fight Club, er, excuse me, Town Square Tavern booked ROBERT EARL KEEN, for cryin’ out loud, s’up?!! We’re not expecting CMA award winners every year, but known talent is out there that would come to JH, AND sell tickets. Find another booking agency.

  2. D August 2, 2011 10:11 am

    I smelled T R O U B L E from the start as well.

  3. Brad August 4, 2011 12:15 am

    Another case in point: The town of Dubois can get Suzy Boggus (Aug. 20), and TC Fair couldn’t?

  4. Lauren August 4, 2011 9:36 am

    So can Phish come instead, then?

  5. buck August 5, 2011 6:59 am

    I’m sorry but Phish is not allowed to play within the Town of Jackson.

  6. Rob W. August 6, 2011 2:49 pm

    Phish isn’t but the Hill Climb is? hah.

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