A leading trade publication related to the concert industry has ranked Chattanooga’s Track 29 as the third-most-attended venue in the Southeast, according to a prepared statement from the venue.
Pollstar ranks the top 100 concert venues worldwide in terms of ticket sales. Track 29 ranked third in the Southeast and 78th in the world for the first half of 2013, the statement said.
The venue sold more than 22,000 tickets during the six-month timeframe.
Track 29 will celebrate its two-year anniversary Sept. 1.
Owner Adam Kinsey said he was ecstatic with the success.
"In our short history, to already be ahead of popular, more established venues such as the Georgia Theatre in Athens and WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham is amazing," Kinsey said in a prepared statement. "... We’ve become a strong force for placing Chattanooga on the schedules of even more nationally touring acts."
Atlanta’s Tabernacle ranked 72nd, and The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., ranked 29th. However, Track 29 ticket sales were only $3,000 behind the Tabernacle in the six-month period.
The venue has attracted talent like The Avett Brothers, Corey Smith and country superstar Luke Bryan in its first two years.
Kinsey said snagging The Avett Brothers was key.
"Being able to attract an act on the scale of Avett Brothers, a band playing huge venues at the time, was when I believe people around the South started paying attention to us," he said.
Upcoming shows include Steve Vai, Corey Smith and the Arctic Monkeys. The venue will also continue to host Scenic City Roots, a local version of Nashville’s popular Music City Roots. A complete schedule is listed here.
"Watch out for our third anniversary," Kinsey said.
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