DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Although the Circle City is no stranger to bringing in comedians for comedy shows or various artists of different genres for concerts, none of those events have been of high magnitude like who will perform in Dothan in just three weeks — Kevin Hart.
“This is probably the biggest event to come to Dothan this is more than just a comedian, but a movie star he’s a global brand everybody knows who he is and I think everybody should be excited about that,” said Acting Performing Director Clay Dempsey.
Dempsey said he got an email from a friend who works for Red Mountain Entertainment who’s presenting Kevin Hart’s Reality Check Tour, so he worked the phones to book a June 16th date at the Dothan Civic Center, which only took a week.
“No one knows Kevin Hart here or we don’t know his team,” He said. “When you are out there in this world it’s only a few promoters and venues it was just relationships and timing.”
Kevin Hart will now perform two two-hour shows in the civic center on the same night. Dempsey said the first show sold out in about 32 hours the first day tickets went on sale and they are expecting the same response if not faster for the second show.
Tickets range anywhere from $80 to $950.
Dempsey said although money is not the ultimate goal for the city, 95 percent of the ticket sales money will be for Kevin Hart, and the city will see a much smaller amount. More so, they want to shine a spotlight on Dothan and just let the revenue take care of itself.
“We want to bring people into Dothan, hotels, restaurants, and just bring quality entertainment in Dothan and get people excited and not lose any money,” He said.
Kevin Hart is not the only event that will bring the crowd. This summer, comedian Nephew Tommy will have a show at the civic center and another big name will headline the Tri-state Mega show at the Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in July — Kevin Gates a top billboard rap artist.
“Dothan has been building towards this for years and this will be the best summer Dothan has ever had,” He said.
Dempsey said he hopes these big-name acts will set a precedent for future acts of all kinds in the future.
“We will have some wrestling to come back,” He added. “All we can do is grab these events and let the city show them the best hospitality from the people who are buying, the workers, the sponsors, everybody and we will see what else happens.”