BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot will become a rock and roll mecca Monday night with the Triple Threat Concert Tour coming to town. It will feature big name hard rock bands Seether and Sick Puppies and up-and-coming bands Kyng and Eye Empire at Club El Centenario on Spruce Street. Hard rock lovers will be familiar with the bands hosted by Red Tie Concerts of Idaho Falls.
Businesses neighboring El Centenario say they are glad to see concerts coming to the venue, but some are a little leery of the event following incidents of vandalism, littering and underage drinking following a Tech 9 rap concert at the venue last summer.
Claude Nielsen, whose business Music & Families, is across the street from the club, said he discovered a broken window to his business following the Tech 9 concert.
Sydnee Hale, owner of Timely Chunks-Blackfoot's Gift Bazaar, said a window of her business was shattered when an intoxicated concert-goer fell into the glass after the rap concert.
"The damage to my window was an accident and this person could have been seriously injured," Hale said. "I just hope the people attending the concerts will be careful and respectful and not throw their garbage up and down the streets and the alleys for the rest of us to clean up."
Shantae Sanchez, assistant manager of Mudslingers (a coffee hut), shares a parking lot with El Centenario and said her business has never experienced any vandalism or problems when there has been a concert at the venue.
"The owner of the building has been great about keeping our business secure and keeping the parking lot clean," she said. "I have no complaints."
Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus said his department is aware of the concerts and is working with the concert promoters to ensure extra security in the area Monday night.
Hale said she feels that the police department was very visible the night of the Tech 9 concert, however; she is considering keeping someone on the premises the night of the Triple Threat Concert Tour to detour any potential trouble.
Luis Ponce, owner of Club El Centenario, said ticket sales for the concerts have been brisk and there are still tickets available for the concerts. All ages are welcome. Ponce said that alcohol is served inside a designated area of the club for those age 21 or older and that precautions are taken to make sure alcohol is not served to minors.
Tickets for the concerts are $32.50 and can be purchased at the Sunnyside Tesoro in Idaho Falls, The Bannock Alternative in Idaho Falls or online at www.redtieconcerts.com .