By Sam McDonald
10:02 AM EDT, August 20, 2013
Concerts come, concerts go. Some concerts shift around and the players change. We learned this week that Phoenix, originally set to play the nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, will instead rock The NorVa in Norfolk on Aug. 30.
No reason was given, but since The NorVa is about one-eighth the size of nTelos, we can presume that ticket sales had something to do with the change.
All tickets purchased for the nTelos show will be honored at The Norva, a news release stated. Those wishing refunds for the nTelos Wireless Pavilion show may do so at their point of purchase. Refunds are available until Thursday, Aug. 29.
(Contact Ticketmaster Customer Service at 800-653-8000 or the nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office at 757-393-8181 for complete details on how to obtain a refund.)
In other Virginia concert news, the Interlocken Festival -- which seems to have changed its name to the Lockn' Festival -- has lost one of its headliners. Neil Young and Crazy Horse has backed out due to an injury to Crazy Horse guitarist Poncho Sampredo.
The band was set to perform Sept. 7 at the new festival being presented at the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. As I reported in an earlier post, other headliners include the Black Crowes, Furthur, Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident.
Through an official release from Reprise Records, the Young put it this way:
"Neil Young & Crazy Horse regretfully announce that in addition to canceling the remaining dates on their European tour, they must also cancel their upcoming U.S. tour dates due to a hand injury sustained by guitarist Poncho Sampredo, whose doctor has indicated that Sampredo's hand requires additional time to heal properly. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the festivals where we were scheduled to appear. As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events."
The other shows canceled include the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario; the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.; and the Ottawa Folk Festival in Ottawa, Ontario.
"We hope that Poncho makes a quick recovery, and we are very pleased that Pegi Young will still be performing at the festival," a statement on the festival website reads. "Stay tuned for more artist announcements!"
At about the same time the festival said that Young was out and that it had changed its name, it revealed that Grace Potter has been added to the festival lineup. Apparently, she'll perform solo on Thursday, Sept. 5.
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