The Band Perry Packs Dubuque's Five Flags Center

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Thousands of country fans in Dubuque will be enjoying the music of The Band Perry Thursday night. They'll be doing it in some cramped quarters, because the band brought in a larger stage than the Five Flags Center normally uses. Add to that a nearly sold-out concert.

The arena is set up to seat 3,300 people. That is by far the smallest venue The Band Perry is playing on their tour.

Fans are snatching up the last few tickets to see The Band Perry take the massive stage.

"The Band Perry travels with a piece of equipment called a thrust. You could equate that to a cat walk," Joyce White, Five Flags Center Manager, said.

The cat-walk is one big reason White says crews are using every single inch of the arena.

"From a production stand-point, this is probably the biggest show Five Flags has done in, I'm guessing, eight to ten years," she said.

The Five Flags Center is managed by a national company called SMG Management.

For the first time in her 14 years with the company, White had to call in extra staff from the regional office in Topeka, Kansas.

"A smart woman knows when she needs help, " said White.

It has been a lot of work, but she thinks it will all be worth it.

"The fact that The Band Perry made a stop in Dubuque, Iowa on the U.S. Leg of their world tour is a big deal," said White.

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