Stockton concerts chat replay, and an IFG/SMG update

My live chat today on the local concert scene was really fun; thanks to everyone who participated. You can check out a replay of the chat below.

One topic that didn’t come up during the chat was Stockton city officials’ negotiations to buy out the existing, six-year-old contract with IFG, which has been criticized for not booking enough acts at Stockton Arena and other city-owned venues it manages. City officials have been eager to sign a new management deal with Pennsylvania-based SMG, which manages more than 220 entertainment venues worldwide and has a network of facilities in California.

During our live chat yesterday, Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston said she hopes a deal can be reached within the next month. Record City Hall Reporter Daniel Thigpen recently interviewed SMG Senior Vice President for Business Development Bob Cavalieri, who noted that if negotiations drag out longer, it could affect the corporation’s efforts to bring concerts to Stockton Arena this fall and winter.

Arena concert season typically begins in September or October and continues through April or May, Cavalieri said. That’s when bands begin to perform at outdoor venues.  Cavalieri said that the longer negotiations last with IFG, the more difficult it will be for SMG to book acts to perform before the end of arena season.

You’ll be able to read more about SMG this weekend in The Record.

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