Don’t look now but the Dean of the Kansas City concert scene, Chris Fritz is back…
Despite trying economic times, cutthroat competition everywhere you turn, Fritz and cohort Josh Hunt are bringing back Capitol Federal Park@Sandstone for a fourth concert season.
Only this time, they’re dodging the rain bullet
“We’ve got a great schedule lined up,” Fritz says. “But we’re starting a little later this year – we’re not trying to do April or May shows anymore. We’re not starting until July 6th with the Warped Tour.”
Fritz declined to reveal this year’s lineup but three of the shows in the can are the band 311 and another Dream Concert with top shelf Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Journey and AC/DC cover bands.
And new this year will be a Parrot Party, with bands channeling Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys & Bob Marley. Think there’ll be any wildwood weed consumed at that event?
“It should be fun,” Fritz says. “Because Buffet’s going to be coming here in April – it obviously sold out in a minute. And Sprint is an excellent arena but you know, when Jimmy Buffet does an event outdoors, it’s a whole different event.”
Tickets for either show for $20 per.
Sandstone’s piece de resistance this season: The Rock Star Passes.
From now until April 4th you can buy a season pass to all Sandstone shows, with VIP parking and entry into its VIP Club.
“We started this last year before the season was even announced,” Fritz says. “And this year for 250 bucks they’re going to get a killer value. Put it this way, if they bought VIP parking, that’s $20. If they want to go into the VIP Club, that’s an additional $20. Then if the average ticket is $40, that’s $80 for one show. This way if you go to three shows it pays for itself. And if we do 12 shows, it really pays for itself.”
Speaking of which, the magic number of shows at Sandstone this summer?
“I think 10 for sure,” Fritz says. “And if something really great happens we could do 14. But 10’s a safe number and we already have nine booked and 7 more we’re waiting on.”