Wanda Jackson is getting some love in Claremore after all.
After news broke Wednesday that organizers were worried about slow ticket sales for her concert tonight, Claremore Mayor Flo Guthrie declared today “Wanda Jackson Day” and ticket sales more than doubled.
The Robson Performing Arts Center reported that while slightly more than 100 tickets were sold by Tuesday, that grew to nearly 300 by 9 this morning. Organizers were expecting more tickets to be sold at the door and throughout the day.
Jackson, known as the Queen of Rockabilly in her 1960s heyday, is one of the most well-known singers to perform in Claremore. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Route 66 Cruisers car club is sponsoring the concert and donating ticket proceeds to an organization helping sick children travel to special hospitals for critical injuries and illnesses. The Akdar Shrine Center helps 1,200 children in northeastern Oklahoma and 50 in Rogers County.
The club raised $5,000 for the Akdar fund at its annual car show last year.
Club President Dwayne Caldwell said Jackson enjoyed her autograph signing event at the Will Rogers Memorial Thursday. She toured RSU that day, where she spoke with RSU Radio for an interview to air Saturday.
Caldwell said when Jackson’s record producer heard about the initial slow ticket sales, he offered to help promote the concert on the radio in the Tulsa area.
The concert is at 7 tonight. Bill Holden and the Nighthawks will open for Jackson. Tickets, which range from $20 to $40, are available by calling the PAC at (918) 699-7390 or visiting www.myticketoffice.com. Group discounts are available.