Ford Park Live in Oshkosh abruptly moves, cancels summer concerts
OSHKOSH – There won’t be any concerts at Ford Park Live this summer after all.
A few days before the field once at home in Country USA and Rock USA were to host the first shows under a new name and direction, back-to-back nights by the Grammy-winning bluegrass phenomenon Billy Cordes Friday and Saturday were abruptly transferred to the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh.
Both concerts remain the same evenings and previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new venue.
An article Tuesday on the Ford Park Live Facebook page reads: “Due to unforeseen and persistent delays in site operations, Ford Park Live will not be able to open this summer as originally planned. “
The only other two previously announced events for the grounds, a pair of multi-group rock shows presented by Chevelle on June 26 and Halestorm on June 27, were canceled on May 28 “due to a scheduling conflict,” according to a Ford Park Facebook Post.
Developer based in Los Angeles Danny Wimmer Presents announced in April that he had signed a long-term lease with the owners of the former Ford Festival Park and renamed it Ford Park Live. The 200-acre lot has hosted the popular Country USA and Rock USA for years, drawing large crowds to the area. Both events were canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The two festivals then closed for good when their promoter, Neenah-based Hypervibe Inc., filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.
In a press release issued at the time of the lease announcement, Joe Litvag, president of live events for Danny Wimmer Presents, said plans were already in the works “to create exciting new events and festivals from 2022 “on the Oshkosh site, but the company would also announce” special and safe concerts for the summer of 2021 “to meet pent-up demand for live music.
The Halestorm, Chevelle and Strings concerts had all been sold in pods to allow for social distancing. Tickets to see Strings at Leach Amphitheater are available at ticketmaster.com.
Danny Wimmer Presents was formed in 2011 and produces a variety of rock and alternative festivals across the country, including this year’s Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield, Ohio; Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky; Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida; and Aftershock in Sacramento, California. Some of the bands playing these events include Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne and Slipknot.
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