No Go For Dwight Show

The SMG Group with the Pensacola Civic Center had been in talks of bringing in country artist Dwight Yoakum as part of a TDC funded free show on Oct. 9. But the IN is now hearing that concert is off.

City Councilman Larry B. Johnson, who sits on the TDC board, says he confirmed with SMG head Cindy Pennington this afternoon that the concert has been canceled.

“There was concern about it being a free show,” he says. “I don’t really understand it, but we are currently trying to plan another show later in the month.”

Johnson says there was $75,000 allocated for the Civic Center show out of the $1.4 million the group got for tourism promotion from BP. DeLuna Fest received $300,000 and $50,000 was given to the Pensacola Seafood Festival for its entertainment acts.

The Civic Center current sits in a hole of roughly $1.8 million.