Alton's Amphitheater has wrapped up its fifth year of operation, and the city hopes to make some changes so that the sixth year is its best ever. A mid-summer concert flop had promoters re-evaluating where they target their marketing, as well as the acts that are brought in. The venue has been a haven for tribute acts over the past couple of years, but it appears there is a desire to mix things up in 2014.
Amphitheater Commission member and Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Brett Stawar says the commission is hoping to bring in some bigger names.
The venue annually hosts a variety of concerts, including the The Big Gig and the Mississippi Earthtones Festival. The July Sawyer Brown Concert saw about 600 people walk through the gates, but one of the best-attended shows of the season was the grand finale with the Oak Ridge Boys. It was a free concert, paid for by Alton Steel Incorporated to mark their 10-year anniversary. The Amphitheater Commission meets Monday afternoon at 4:30 at Alton City Hall to consider requests from three concert promoters for next year. The meeting will be held in city council chambers, and is open to the public.