Grammy-nominated Fetty Wap is launching his Welcome to the Zoo tour at The Wellmont (if you don’t know who Fetty is, ask your teens) — quite a score for the venue which underwent renovations after being acquired by The Pinnacle Companies and Greenwood Development in July.
Wellmont marquée. Photo: George Wirt.
Baristanet: Tell us about how Fetty Wap ended up at The Wellmont?
The Wellmont: Having Fetty Wap perform at The Wellmont is huge for us. Fetty is actually from northern New Jersey (Paterson) and we were thrilled when he approached us to host the “hometown kick off” of this tour. The Wellmont hasn’t historically had a lot of hip hop shows, but already this year we’ve scheduled Fetty, Grammy Award-winners Lauryn Hill and Lupe Fiasco, as well as a nostalgic 90’s rap show with acts including Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Tone Lōc, Kid ‘n Play, DJ EZ Rock, Rob Base and Color Me Badd.
Wellmont Theater renovations. Photo: George Wirt
Baristanet: What’s different about the Wellmont since the renovation/new ownership and what can we expect to in terms of its new direction?
The Wellmont: We are creating a unique and special customer experience at The Wellmont. We know there are lots of places to go see concerts, and we want to give music fans a good reason to choose us. To that end, we’ve carefully renovated the historic ceiling in the theater, upgraded the lobby, completely revamped the food and beverage program, and made a significant investment in the audio video system. The Wellmont has always had a variety of programming options, and will continue to host rock concerts, kids shows and comedy. We hope to add speakers, interactive cinema and theatrical events to that list in the near future.
Dennis DeYoung. Photo: George Wirt.
Baristanet: What upcoming performers are a result of the new management team at the Wellmont and who, besides Fetty, are you most excited about?
The Wellmont: We’re really proud of our 2016 lineup, and we’ve got a good diversity of performances scheduled. The Gin Blossoms, Meat Loaf and The Cult are all coming in the spring, and we’ve added unique experiences like The Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, and Genoa City Live! celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Young & The Restless. Dozens more shows are being planned now for late spring and summer.
Hyperglow. Photo: George Wirt.
Tell us in comments the upcoming acts you are excited about and what other performers you want to see land at The Wellmont.