Every Memorial Day weekend, the Bayou Country Superfest brings together the best acts in country music. It traditionally has been held in Baton Rouge. However, it was moved to New Orleans this year.
The attendance results are in and they’re not good news for festival organizers.
New numbers just released overnight show that New Orleans may not have been that great for Bayou Country Superfest.
A release from organizers states 60,000 people went to the Superdome this weekend to see names like Blake Shelton and Brooks and Dunn.
The total is a significant drop from the 100,000 who attended last year and even that was a sharp decline from the 125,000 in 2015.
Some suspect that this is the sign of a boycott of New Orleans. After all, it makes sense that many of the country music fans who would drive into New Orleans or even Baton Rouge to see a country music concert would be supporters of Confederate monuments.
But that’s doubtful. For all the screaming online about boycotting New Orleans, there’s little evidence that any boycott has been organized.
The truth is, New Orleans tourism has been suffering for awhile. Businesses in the French Quarter are also hurting.
Word is getting about New Orleans and it’s mostly not a good word. People are describing a city that is not safe and with poor infrastructure.
It’s too soon to say why people are staying away from New Orleans, but people are. Perhaps Mitch Landrieu can work on that instead of his presidential campaign.