AMP to Relocate to Washington Co. Fairgrounds for Summer Concerts | Arts & Culture
The Arkansas Music Pavilion, better known as the AMP, will relocate to the Washington County Fairgrounds for the 2012 summer concert season.
"We've been negotiating a long-term lease with the mall that process was stalled a little bit when the mall changed ownership back in August," said Terri Trotter, Chief Operations Officer for Walton Arts Center.
As outdoor music season nears, an agreement couldn't wait.
"We decided at this point for the 2012 season we really needed to find a location," said Trotter.
Concert go-ers said the switch is a move in the right direction.
"I think it's better at the fairgrounds since it's made for events like that in the first place," said Gray Allder.
"You will be able to host bigger events. I think the parking will be good," said Randolph Charette.
For some it doesn't matter where the amp is in city.
"I don't think it makes a big difference to me. I don't think it will influence whether I go or not," said Jeff Collins.
The Washington County Fairgrounds is also being considered for a permanent location. However, it's not the only one. The AMP owners began conversations with the city, private landowners and haven't ruled out the Northwest Arkansas Mall.
"As soon as either we secure a long-term lease at the mall or find a different location. We will be ready to start construction immediately," said Trotter.
Trotter says its current structure doesn't accommodate some performers.
"The audience size is smaller than the national tours want. Also the stage doesn't provide the technical capabilities and the amenities that the artist need."
The summer concert series isn't completely planned out. Their goal is to become a major concert hub for the summer. The first performance at the amp will be the Big Gigantics on April 21ST.