Filter Coming to Cherry Civic Center August 1
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Ground Zero Promotions is once again turning up the volume on the local music scene by bringing multiplatinum recording artists Filter to the Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Avenue in Paducah on Wednesday, August 1.
Filter are best known for the hits “Hey Man…Nice Shot”, “Take a Picture”, “Dose”, and “The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)”. The band has made significant contributions to a number of movie soundtracks, including “Jurassitol” for “The Crow: City of Angels”, “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do” for “Spawn”, and a haunting remake of “One (Is the Loneliest Number)” for “The X Files” soundtrack.
Tickets are $24 and can be purchased now at www.brownpapertickets.com, or by phone 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006. If tickets are still available, they will also be available at the door on the day of the show. Opening acts will be Menew, Thick as Thieves, and Powdered God. A full bar will be available for 21 and over. Proceeds from both the bar and ticket sales will benefit the nonprofit Purchase Area Live Events Organization, Inc.
One of the surprises of this concert is that a national headlining band of Filter’s status is playing a small venue like the Cherry Civic Center. Tommy McElrath of Ground Zero explained that several factors came together that allowed the show to be booked in an intimate setting like the Civic Center in Paducah, which only has a capacity of 500. “We had reached out to Filter’s agent because he represents several artists that we’ve been interested in booking. We were looking for a show for late summer or early fall, and even though he told us that he might have something for us, he didn’t mention any names. Several days went by and early one morning, he called and said he had a band that needed to fill a date in early August and that we were in a pretty good spot geographically if we wanted it. Because it was such short notice and the date was on a Wednesday, he told us he would give us a discount on the band’s normal fee. Obviously, when he told us it was Filter, we were very excited to book it.”
One factor that was considered very important during negotiations was keeping ticket prices as low as possible. “We knew we wanted to book this show, but we also knew that we didn’t want to add 10 or 15 dollars to the cost of a ticket just to cover venue expenses,” explained Daniel Jones of Ground Zero. “That narrowed down our choice of venues considerably. We had booked Buck Punk Metal in the Civic Center last summer and overall, were very pleased with that facility. We thought that among the available options, it was the best choice.”
Jones went on to explain that because the venue had a relatively small capacity, Ground Zero was able to negotiate Filter’s fee down a bit more. Once a few production issues were resolved with the band, and ticket prices were able to be set at a reasonable level, the deal was made. Jones also stated that Ground Zero operates under the nonprofit organization Purchase Area Live Events Organization, Inc. (PALEO, Inc).
PALEO’s mission is to promote live events in Western Kentucky that historically have not been available in this area, and to support local musicians by offering support slots on national shows for bands from this region. Because PALEO is a nonprofit organization, ticket prices can be kept somewhat lower than with a traditional promoter, and GZP can pursue bands that normally might not be viable in a small market like Paducah. McElrath added that Ground Zero is also pursuing several shows for the fall, and more announcements will likely be coming soon.
For information on the Filter show, or to get updates on future GZP shows, head to their Facebook page at facebook.com/groundzeroconcerts.