ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - One of the most popular bands in the country will take the stage Tuesday, July 23 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Landing Dave Matthews Band is another feather in the cap for The Wharf which was struggling just to survive a few years ago.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND AT THE WHARF
Some folks we spoke to were so excited they arrived twelve hours before the show was set to begin.
Heather Roundtree, from Mobile told us, "This is my first time to see Dave in concert and so I'm excited to see how good the concert will be."
Phil Kasonovitch, from Atlanta, said excitedly, "This is like my 30 th show."
BIG CONCERT, BIG BOOST
While the folks that waited all day to see the Dave Matthews Band were really excited, so are the retailers who are going to get their business.
There are just a couple of business owners that have stuck with The Wharf from the beginning in 2006. Darryl Roberts at the Sugar Shack is one of those owners. He's seen some lean years as The Wharf struggled through multiple problems.
"The recession hit, then we had the oil spill, then the original owner lost the complex and we got a new owner now, so it's been some ups and downs," Roberts said.
Roberts survived and now said he's having his best year.
"I knew it was a diamond in the rough it was just going to take the right person to come in here and take care of the complex," Roberts told us.
Joe Jernigan, owner of Shades, one of the other original businesses, said a night with a big concert helps, but the overall recovery of the complex has been helped by a number of smaller events that drive traffic throughout the season.
"Concert nights are phenomenal. The business that comes in with the concerts are just really, really great, but we can't do everything based on eight days a year we have to have a very good business model for the area," Jernigan said.
Jernigan has done well enough to move into a bigger shop and he's very optimistic for the future.
"The future is so bright I got to wear shades!" Jernigan quipped.
CONCERT SOLD OUT
The Dave Matthews concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. If you don't have tickets, good luck, the show is sold out.
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