Cajun Dome takes big hit after artists drop shows for Bayou Country Superfest

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POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:38am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:26am

The line up for Bayou Country Superfest might be exciting for tiger stadium but not for the Cajun Dome in Lafayette. A handful of artists that were already on the books to play at the Cajun Dome next year, have backed out, which is causing some uncertainty in the future for the dome and even local businesses who expected these big names to come through town.

One local pizza shop says they budget in these big shows so now they can only hope for a positive outcome.

"We usually see a 40 to 50 percent increase on concert nights."

Tim Metcalf's restaurant ‘Deano's' loves the business they get from events at the Cajun Dome but its not looking like it will flow as usually come next year.

"Five? I was like wow, really?"

With the line up for Bayou Country Superfest 2014 came tons of excitement in Baton Rouge but in Lafayette there is more concern and mere disappointment.

"We were the opening date for George straight, so that’s disappointing," said Cajun Dome Assistant Director, Pam DeVille.

George Straight, Luke Bryant and three other acts have pulled out at the Cajun dome and now can’t play for 11 months within 175 miles of Tiger Stadium.

"Don’t make it impossible for the rest of us to do business," said DeVille.

Although there are other artists, DeVille says, it’s almost too late.

"We turned down other business holding artists."

One Bayou Country Superfest producer says this is the norm and it’s just a give and take.

“It’s standard for them, they just had Keith Urban and will have more big country shows," said Clint Davis.

Now all businesses like Deano’s can do is hope things fall into place.

"We’re hoping the Cajun Dome can work some magic and fill those dates," noted Metcalf.

DeVille will work to fill those spots, and hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

"This is a work in progress, something we are not prepared for but we will learn to adapt."

Bossier City has taken the January date for George straight’s show, so you can see him there. That's the only city in Louisiana not affected by the 175 mile radius. The intense contract also affects Lake Charles and even New Orleans.

DeVille said she is happy the show is successful. She just wants them to change the 11 month window to something A little shorter.
 

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