DPAO: Tragically Hip Concert 'Profitable,' Despite 'Glitches'
by Timothy W. Scee II
Special to Newzjunky.com
Published June 28, 2011
WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Disabled Persons Action Organization organizers say despite “minor glitches,” Kingston, Ont.-based rockers, The Tragically Hip packed in 6,500 fans for the first act of 2011 DPAO/Waite Toyota Summer Concert Series.
Although sales numbers had yet to be determined Monday, the agency’s staff says Friday’s show was “profitable.”
“Dollar-wise, we’re still waiting for all the expenses to come in,” said Timothy J. Dermady, director of corporate development. “We don’t have the numbers yet.”
Dermady said about 500 tickets remained unsold of the 7,000 printed.
“I think we did well with it,” said Joseph L. Rich, vice president of the agency’s board and its fundraising coordinator. “There was a few glitches that we have to improve upon.”
While some concertgoers had trouble finding toilets and requested seating in the grandstand, according to Rich, The Tragically Hip’s “people” were the ones who pitched the nonprofit the biggest curve at the show, held on the field of the fairgrounds baseball diamond.
“They wanted the general admission individuals to join the reserve people,” Rich said. “We had to open up the gate for that and we really didn’t want to, but we had no choice.”
Fans who attended Friday’s concert paid $76 dollars for reserved standing and $66 for general admission tickets.
“There were a few problems but the big thing is it didn’t rain,” Rich said.“