Kevin Lyman, the co-producer of the Country Throwdown amphitheater tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, has announced that four upcoming shows on the North American trek have been canceled because of low ticket sales.
The cancellations include previously scheduled concerts at Sam Houston Park in Houston (June 9), Superpages.com Center in Dallas (June 10), Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre near San Diego (June 17) and Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix (June 18). Additionally, the June 16 date at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif., has been moved to June 18.
Tickets to the canceled shows will be honored all other Country Throwdown dates through the end of June, according to a news release. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
In a statement, Lyman cited "low tickets sales and too many shows competing with one another" as the primary reason for the cancellations. "We are trying to bring a festival style tour with 21 artists, at a reasonable and fair ticket price (average ticket cost $31), but because most markets are currently flooded with shows, we end up cannibalizing one another and someone ends up with lower ticket sales," he added.
"As a result, we can't afford to keep the show on the road for all of its intended dates. It's a first year tour and we expected year one to be full of key lessons, so that next year -- and there will be a next year -- is even better."
Lyman further elaborated on the cancellations in a YouTube video from a tour bus on the road.
The debut Country Throwdown tour began in early May and includes performances by Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, the Eli Young Band and others.