MADISON, Ind. (August 2004) Stargazer Amphitheatre, the dream
project of brothers Richard and Glen Nesbitt, has come a long way
in the 10 months since its grand opening last September. Nationally
acclaimed entertainers, including country music singer Chely Wright
and Southern rock group the Marshall Tucker Band, have been among
those to grace the stage of the outdoor venue located on Clifty Drive
in Madison, Ind.
The open-air facility features four acres of seating, enough to accommodate
3,000 people for each show. And so far, all of the concerts
have been wonderful, said Richard Nesbitt.
by Don Ward
Richard Nesbitt is pleased with his theater's success.
Despite booking several well-known artists, getting Stargazer off
the ground has been a challenge, Nesbitt admitted. He has been shouldering
the responsibility of the business on his own since Glen Nesbitt moved
to Florida in June.
Its definitely been tough, just getting the acts in and
getting people to show up, said Nesbitt. But Im
a person who doesnt give up, he said, quoting the business
motto: come feel the power of a dream.
To spread the word to others about his dream, Nesbitt said he has
been advertising Stargazer in 20 area counties. But its the
hometown crowd he really hopes will turn out for shows. They
just need to come see it for themselves, he said. We guarantee
once they get here theyre going to have a good time.
Attracting the largest crowd to the venue was the June 26 performance
of the Marshall Tucker Band, which since its first release in 1973
has produced seven gold and three platinum albums.
In July, Nesbitt was busy preparing for Molly Hatchet, scheduled to
take the stage at 7 p.m. July 31. The popular 1970s-era southern rock
band included Madison in its 25th Anniversary Tour.
Its pretty nice, these guys doing this. Theres nothing
to do around here, especially for teenagers. They just cruise around.
said Hanover, Ind., resident Tammy Caldwell, who stopped by Stargazer
on July 23 to buy tickets for the Molly Hatchet concert.
Nesbitt said he will book concerts May through October. He also plans
to hold special events at other times of the year, including Halloween
and Christmas. In December, he hopes to host a Christmas tree lighting
event, with proceeds going to local charities.
On Aug. 7, Stargazer will play host to a Summer Rock Fest. The all-day
event will feature 10 regional bands. Tickets are $8 in advance and
$10 on the day of the show. Seating is open and concert goers should
bring lawn chairs. Tents will be erected in the event of rain. Concessions,
including beer, soft drinks, hot dogs, nachos and Chicagos
Pizza are available at all events.