Gabriel Iglesias, StocktonTickets.com, X Fest and downtown Stockton events

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Gabriel Iglesias’ show Saturday at the Bob Hope Theatre is sold out. (Photo at right by Lencho Guerra.) There’s a big market for Latino comedians locally, and both Carlos Mencia and George Lopez have done very well here in the past. Latino musicians like Vicente Fernandez and Marco Antonio Solis also have played to sold-out crowds in Stockton.

Hopefully, promoters of events featuring Latino entertainers will get the message that there is money to be made in Stockton and bring more shows to the city’s biggest venues. And hopefully city officials and International Facilties Group, which manages the Hope and Stockton Arena, will work to encourage those promoters.

Speaking of the arena, in today’s Record Manteca resident Dave Fabiano complains that he couldn’t buy tickets to Jeff Dunham’s Feb. 11 arena show through the venue’s online box office. (2008 photo at right by Clifford Oto / The Record.) (Sidenote: Dunham’s at the 10,000-seat arena and Iglesias is at the 2,000-seat Hope? Seriously?) Fabiano writes that he “searched Google for Stockton Arena tickets (and got) TicketsNow. I thought I heard earlier that the tickets were affordable compared with other events, but decent seats cost $97 each, plus $14.55 each for service charge plus $14.95 for shipping. Total cost was $238.05.”

I was a little curious, as the official ticket vendor for the arena as well as the Hope is StocktonTickets.com. Not many people seem to know that, however. Most fans discover it when they’re clicking through StocktonArena.com or StocktonThunder.com to buy hockey tickets.

So this morning I also Googled “Stockton Arena tickets.” While StocktonTickets.com didn’t appear on the first page, the link to the Stockton Arena Web site did, with a secondary link for tickets. (Click the screenshot at left.)

I clicked the tickets link, and was taken to a list of upcoming Stockton events that were each accompanied by a Buy Tickets link.

Clicking the Buy Tickets link for Dunham’s show took me to StocktonTickets.com, where I could click another link and get a ticket for $52.50, including service fees. (Really? To see a dude with some puppets?? At the arena??? Really????)

TicketsNow is a secondary ticket broker which Fabiano most likely found by clicking a different link in the Google search results. Fabiano goes on to write “I called the arena and they referred me to TicketsNow, whom I called. I was told they are a secondary vendor and can charge anything they want.

“Bottom line, I was scalped, and Stockton Arena didn’t seem to care.”

I can understand why the arena staff wouldn’t care – Fabiano didn’t buy his tickets from them. It’s not their fault he got ripped off.

Still, a bigger marketing push behind StocktonTickets.com might help avoid confusion in the future and bring more people to the arena.

Buying tickets to events at Fat Cat Music House and Lounge in Modesto as well as X Fest, the area’s biggest outdoor concert, should be a little easier this year. Promoter Chris Ricci announced today that the Gallo Center for the Arts will sell Fat Cat and X Fest tickets at its box office and over the phone. X Fest is set to be held Aug. 7 in downtown Modesto. You’ll still be able to buy Fat Cat and X Fest tickets online at Tickets.com. (2008 photo at left by Ariel Zambelich / The Record.)

Downtown Stockton, meanwhile, will play host to several events this year. The Downtown Stockton Alliance sent out a .pdf of its 2010 event calendar, which you can read by clicking here.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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