FRONT of HOUSE — September 2012
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Freakish Weather, Isaac Play Havoc with Summer Shows

NEW ORLEANS — Wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac forced a wave of concert cancellations in late August and over Labor Day weekend as remnants of the storm moved inland.

Although 2012 wasn’t the worst year on record for named storms from the Atlantic — thanks partly to better infrastructure, Isaac wasn’t nearly as costly as Katrina in 2005 — freakish weather has cancelled a number of events this summer.

By causing a wave of airport closures, Isaac nixed performances ranging from the Chicago/Kool & the Gang show Aug. 31 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre to the Aug. 30 show featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band at Santa Monica Pier. (Six of the band’s eight performers were stuck in New Orleans.)

Isaac’s meandering uncertainty also led to the cancellation of many Aug. 27 gigs at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s show. The Southern rockers also had to pull the plug Aug. 31 in Memphis as Isaac soaked drought-scorched inland areas.

Thunderstorms cancelled The Band Perry’s Sept. 1 gig at the Maryland State Fair and also their opening gig for Brad Paisley at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas Aug. 18. “This was our first rainout, ever,” noted Kevin Freeman, Brad Paisley’s longtime production manager and FOH engineer.