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Pop music fizzes in Lubbock, Texas

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ACM

Music concerts have long been an accessible pastime for the general public, but to the citizens of Lubbock, Texas, successful pop music acts have been scarce.

With only two main music venues, the Lubbock City Bank Coliseum and Auditorium and the United Spirit Arena, the residents of Lubbock, and the surrounding communities, have to rely on pop music artists performing a stone’s toss away, which usually means Dallas or Austin, Texas.

Lubbock's other venues such as the Lone Star Event Center and Jake’s Sports Bar and Grill, have seen the likes of Adam Lambert, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and many local band acts.

While Lubbock may not have had its share of a Cher farewell tour, it’s hosted a variety of artists popular in their own right. Such artists to perform in Lubbock have been: Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and coming May 30, Jack White.

Lubbock has had its fair share of country music artists, but one pop concert in 2002 proved Lubbock’s lack of holding power when it came to pop stars. Britney Spears performed two songs in June 2002, and according to a local news outlet, the show proved too much for the United Spirit Arena, when the arena lost power, due to Spears' show, and Spears was unable to continue and had to cancel the show, the first and the last show Spears' did in Lubbock.

Since Spears’ departure from Lubbock, pop music acts have been far and few between, with Taylor Swift’s performance at the same arena almost 10 years after Spears' buzz worthy Lubbock performance.

With the concert circuit making the rounds this spring/summer season, with the likes of Beyoncé, One Direction, Lana del Rey and Lady Gaga, Lubbock, Texas will not be a stop on any major concert tour, and citizens of Lubbock and the surrounding communities will have to pony up the money for concert tickets, airfare or gas money to have a memorable lasting memory of seeing their favorite music act live.