While Oklahoma’s ties to the music industry are deep, the immediate impact yesterday’s devastating tornado on the business seems to be minimal, according to people Billboard.biz spoke with today. That said, shows down the line could well be impacted as the market regains its footing, and sources say benefit concerts were being organized this morning, with details to be announced soon.
The 15,000-capacity Chesapeake Energy Center, operated by SMG, is in a light booking month due to NBA playoffs and did not cancel or postpone any events. The home of the Oklahoma City Thunder was physically unaffected by the tornado, but the impact on those who work there was unclear at press time. “We had a number of close calls for a few employees, myself included, but so far we are good,” GM Gary Desjardin tells Billboard.biz. “I have not heard back yet on all of our employees who live in the area. I should hear that news today.”
The city’s Zoo Amphitheatre does not have any shows on the books until later in the summer, the city’s Riverwind Casino appears to have no name entertainment on the books in the near time frame, and a phone call to the city’s Baker Street Pub & Grill venue informs that no shows were lost and a DJ performance tonight will go on as planned.