Fans of Sheryl Crow will not have to go any farther than Walker’s Bluff in Carterville this summer to see the country pop musician.
According to Crow’s website, she will be stopping at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville on June 22. It is part of her spring and summer tour, which also includes shows in Nashville, Tenn.,
Tickets are not on sale yet.
Austin Goins-McCree, director of marketing at Walker’s Bluff, said she doesn’t know how much they paid to land Crow, but believes it was more than $50,000. Crow is, by far, the most famous performer Walker’s Bluff has landed,
Crow has roots in the Midwest area, and should attract a wide audience from many parts of Missouri and Illinois, she said.
Crow coming to town has generated mixed interest from students at the university.
Dane Wilson, a junior from Naperville studying business, said he went to Walker’s Bluff for the first time on Friday and plans to go again.
When Wilson learned Crow would be coming to town, he said her style of music might not appeal to his age group.
“Sheryl Crow is not my scene, but my mom would be interested,” Wilson said.
Joanna Clayton, a junior from Danville studying graphic communications, said while she doesn’t listen to country music, she listened to Crow as a child and would go to her concert during the summer as long as ticket prices are reasonable.
Clayton also said her mom would be more interested in going to the concert than she would.
However, Crow coming to Walker’s Bluff is a way for the venue to draw even more celebrities in the future, Goins-McCree said.
Crow’s performance will come a month after a show by The Charlie Daniel’s Band, famous for its 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
After Crow plays, other celebrities may start taking Walker’s Bluff more seriously, she said.
“We’re hoping to make a name as an entertainment venue,” she said. “We’re hoping Sheryl is just the beginning for us.”