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Posted: Monday, 28 July 2014 7:12AM

New Orleans: ''A hot concert city''



New Orleans has suddenly become a concert hot spot.  The success of recent shows like Elton John, Jay Z with Beyonce and Bruno Mars have shown the industry that there is a lot of money to be made in the Crescent City.

"We are a hot concert city right now, and people want to be here," said Louisiana Stadium Chairman Ron Forman.  "Entertainment is strong... we have a lot of other concerts now asking if they can come to New Orleans."

In the last few months a long list of big acts have come to New Orleans for traditional concerts or to play at festivals.  The list includes:

Prince
Elton John
Bruno Mars
Beyonce and Jay Z
Eric Clapton
Bruce Springsteen
Lionel Richie
Christina Aguilera

Forman says the shows we've already seen have been very successful.

"We were overwhelmed with numbers of people.  We broke all kinds of records," he celebrated. "The number speaks for themselves with the record breaking number of people, the revenue generated, the support we are getting from our community."

He couldn't divulge which concerts promoters are seeking to bring shows to New Orleans, but there are a few more major acts already scheduled to play soon.

They include:

Justin Timberlake on August 3rd (Smoothie King Center)
One Republic on August 21st (Lakefront Arena)
Demi Lovato on September 17th  (Lakefront Arena)
One Direction on September 25th (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
Katy Perry on October 8th (Smoothie King Center)
Paul McCartney on October 11th (Smoothie King Center)

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