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Disney Abruptly Cancels Rentschler Shows
Ticket Holders Say They Weren’t Informed Of Cancellation
Stephanie Berning, Staff Writer
POSTED: 10:45 am EDT August 5, 2008
UPDATED: 7:26 pm EDT August 5, 2008
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Performances of a Disney concert planned for Tuesday and Wednesday were abruptly canceled, according to the company.
The Disney Block Party tour was scheduled for performances at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
The concert took place over the weekend in Philadelphia, but there were issues last month when the lead singer of Barenaked Ladies, which was part of the tour, got arrested on drug charges, officials said. However, they said, the band was replaced by They Might Be Giants.
The tour is hosted by Raven Symone and was to feature the bands They Might Be Giants, Imagination Movers, Dan Zane and Friends, Ralph’s World and Choo Choo Soul.
Disney told Eyewitness News that both shows were canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. The company said it learned of the cancellation on Monday night.
Eyewitness News spoke to numerous ticket holders on Tuesday who said they hadn’t been informed of the cancellation.
Tracy Shirer, manager of public relations and marketing at Rentschler Field, told Eyewitness News on Tuesday afternoon that all tickets were refunded and customers had been contacted by 6 p.m. on Monday.