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Reba McEntire wows crowds in Biloxi after pandemic forces 2 years of rescheduling

Despite tickets selling out quickly in 2020 when her live performance was originally scheduled, it's taken nearly two years for the country singer to arrive.
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 9:34 PM CST
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - For Reba McEntire’s trip to the Gulf Coast, the fourth time is the charm. Despite tickets selling out quickly in 2020 when her live performance was originally scheduled, it’s taken nearly two years for the country singer to arrive in South Mississippi, due to COVID restrictions.

“After three times of rescheduling, we were finally able to make this one work,” said Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center Executive Director Matt McDonnell.

Making it work still means a few changes. McDonnell said Reba isn’t doing any meet and greet events with fans. He said the 9,000+ fans who will pack the Coast Coliseum won’t have any special COVID rules to follow.

“We don’t require guests to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination or anything like that,” he said. “But people can wear them if they want.”

As COVID-19 case numbers and restrictions drop, entertainment venues are making up for lost time.

“The concert scene is constantly growing back to where it was,” said Marley Roberts.

The busses were in and the semi-trucks had arrived. Fans of the country music icon were primed to spend money Friday night.

“Music unites people,” said Sonja Jeanne Miller. “It makes them have fun. It makes them live. And it’s just really going to give a boost, not just to the economy, but to the soul and heart of Biloxi.”

“It’s big money and it moves the needle,” said McDonnell. “Particularly an audience of this age and of this demographic that has discretionary money to spend.”

Marley Roberts owns Marley’s Music in downtown Biloxi. He said Reba’s visit to the Coast Coliseum provides a revenue boost for him, too.

“There definitely is a correlation between who is playing and what the interest is and who is actively looking for their material,” he added.

“When we have these types of shows come to the facility, a rising tide absolutely lifts all boats,” said McDonnell.

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