Last year, when the city of Lynn Community Development Office and Mayor Kennedy announced plans to push forward with renovations of Lynn Auditorium that included new air conditioning , Community Development Director Jamie Marsh promised that the new AC would not only help attract summer time concerts, but would help the auditorium attract more top talent year round.
Last year, Marsh explained that since the Lynn Auditorium was not able to be used during summer months (June, July and August), the venue had an annual problem of “dropping off the radar” of booking and talent agents.
“Without being able to hold shows in the summer, agents kind of forgot about us every year or didn’t really take us seriously,” said Marsh.
“Our expectation is that as we begin to work with agents to book acts for next year, having the ability to put on shows during the summer time is going to make a big difference in our ability to bring in bigger shows,” he said.
Suffice to say that expectations have been met.
A quick look at the line-up of upcoming shows at Lynn Auditorium this fall provides all the evidence that one needs to realize that Lynn Auditorium is attracting some great artists and performers.
On October 17, Lynn Auditorium will welcome acclaimed singer, guitarist and songwriter Boz Scaggs, who first gained fame in the 1970s with several successful solo singles and later in the 1980s as a member of the Steve Miller Band.
A week later, on October 24, Natalie Cole will play the Lynn Auditorium, followed a week after that by tribute band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, on October 31. Creedence Clearwater Revisited is a project begun in 1995 by former CCR members, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford.
The day after CC Revisited play, the Lynn Auditorium will welcome Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame, who brings his Best of Jethro Tull Tour to town on November 1.
On November 8 the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band will take the stage at Lynn Auditorium and on November 14 the rocking will continue with legendary Blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
Anyone interested in seeing any of these shows should contact Lynn Community Development office soon. With shows like this, it seems a safe bet that Lynn Auditorium will be filling up more and more.