Doobie Brothers concert set for Sunday in Midland, some concerned with cost

Doobie Brothers concert set for Sunday in Midland, some concerned with cost
(Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Doobie Brothers will take the stage at the Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion and Amphitheater this Sunday.

The concert has been in the works for several months and the booking became official after the County's Commissioner's Court approved a $50,000 deposit payment to the group.

The cost was taken out of the county's promotional fund, which County Judge Mike Bradford said was established three years ago for investments like the concert.

"As we progress to get in the marketing business for entertainment for the amphitheater and other venues, you have to have the ability to escrow those contracts, so that's how we do it," Bradford said.

These kinds of decisions haven't pleased everyone, including Terry Johnson, a man who is looking to replace the county judge at the end of Bradford's term this year.

"I couldn't think of any reason that justifies the county getting in the rock concert business," Johnson said.

Johnson believes this kind of deal could be better handled by the private sector.

"It is not county government's responsibility to improve my way of life, by bringing in a concert they deem that I need to see," says Johnson.

Bradford who says he's aware there may be critics of the concert deal, told us he stands by what he thinks is best for his community.

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion," Bradford said, "and we welcome those opinions, but if you're not going to invest in your own community then where are you gonna invest, I prefer and this court prefers to provide what its citizens are asking for."

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