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Blue Gate concert series continues on strong growth

With this week’s four-day lineup culminating with country music legend Clint Black (see related article), the Blue Gate Theater continues to bring in top musical talent to Shipshewana. And the names may only get bigger.

Ryan Riegsecker noted that this has been the best year ever for the theater, with double digit growth in attendance. The concert line ups have evolved as the theater diversifies, starting out with southern gospel, adding more classic country, and looking ahead to bringing in more modern acts.

At the same time, the theater seeks out bigger names to bring to town. “People keep wanting more,” Riegsecker said.

Although the lineup for 2014 hasn’t been finalized, Riegsecker did mention a few artists that they are set to bring to town or are still working out arrangements for shows. These include Steven Curtis Chapman, Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard and more new names to grace the stage in Shipshewana.

Meanwhile, artists who have already performed in Shipshewana are returning. “They love Shipshewana,” Riegsecker said of the feedback they get from the performers.

The theater works to bring in similar artists over the four-day runs at the Shipshewana Event Center, allowing visitors to stay in the area longer. “On an average four-day run, there are four to six thousand people coming into town,” Riegsecker stated.

The full 2014 lineup will be announced later this fall, with tickets on sale shortly after.