Sequester causes concert cancellation in Bradenton

mclear@bradenton.comMarch 2, 2013 

Everybody's been wondering exactly what effect the sequester would have on their daily lives. Here's an early example.

The Coast Guard Band has canceled its tour of the southern U.S., including a planned stop March 9 at Bradenton's Riverwalk.

A Coast Guard official told Realize Bradenton, the organization behind the Music in the Park Series, that the band delayed announcing the cancelation until Friday in hopes that the sequester would be averted.

"It's not just us," said Johnette Isham, the executive director of Realize Bradenton. "They were doing a Southern tour and I'm sure that's

not inexpensive."

Realize Bradenton had received a call Thursday warning that the tour might be off. The official bad news came early Friday afternoon.

"We're disappointed," Isham said. "They were great to work with. We hope we can have them back another time."

The Music in the Park series offers free live music on Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. The Coast Guard Band concert was slated for a Saturday, but that's unusual.

"It was the only time we could get them," Isham said.

The next scheduled concert in the series is the David Smash Band on March 8. Smash, according to Realize Bradenton, placed second in the Lithuanian version of America's Got Talent, and plays blues and early rock 'n' roll.

The full lineup for the Music in the Park is available at realizebradenton.com.

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