The landscape of entertainment in Pigeon Forge may be about to change. Now that Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater has been officially confirmed for the former Boyds Bear Country site, some top performers are scheduled to be part of a summer concert series, according to a marketing consultant working with the company.
Steve Ellis, who is working with Dick Clark Productions on the project, said the following performers are tentatively confirmed for the concert series:
Charlie Daniels, Clint Black, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jo Dee Messina, Neal McCoy, The Temptations, Glen Campbell, Diamond Rio, Tony Orlando, Beach Boys, Sandi Patty, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Weirs Al Yankovic, Casting Crowns, Pam Tillis, and Air Supply.
The performance dates are scheduled to be released next week, Ellis said. Appearances are subject to change and more artists will be announced in the coming weeks, he said.
There will be seating for approximately 4,000 people, Ellis said. The goal is to have a large resort as part of Dick Clark's American Bandstand music complex, opening in time for the first concert series performance next summer.
Ellis said tickets will range from $19 to $49 for all concerts, with children 11 and under admitted for $10.
"We are keeping in the theme with the City of Pigeon Forge and being family-oriented," Ellis said. "People will be able to say that they can take their family to see the Beach Boys and can afford to do it because it is only $19. We are trying to be very reasonable."
Ellis said the new theater and concert series will have a big impact on the area. "Most of these performers have never even been to Knoxville. It is a different type of entertainment- it's not all old, all new, all Christian or all Country, It's a good variety for everybody."