Evenings in Old Seville Square, the popular summer concert series in downtown Pensacola, may have put on its last show, as organizers announced today that the series would not be held in 2016.
“Due to the financial burden of producing a free concert series, the event is no longer economically feasible for Events Pensacola and cannot continue in its current form,” said board members for Events Pensacola, Inc., the not-for-profit organization which has presented the concerts since 2013. “We would like to thank all of the previous sponsors and supporters over the years for their generosity in keeping the event alive and going.”
More than 350 free concerts have been staged at Seville Square over the past 28 years, the announcement said.
This isn’t the first time the concert series has struggled to remain viable. The series was organized by the Pensacola Heritage Foundation until 2012, when that group announced that the concerts would be discontinued due to a lack of volunteers and financial support from sponsors. That announcement led to the creation of Events Pensacola, which managed to revive the concert series and operate it for the past three seasons.
“We had great volunteers, some generous sponsors and excellent media coverage, but it was still not sufficient for the series to survive,” said Jehan Clark, event director for Events Pensacola.