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Branson Nelly concert changes venues

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Following a denial of a special permit and failed litigation, the scheduled Aug. 21 Branson Nelly concert will no longer be held at the Grand Palace. It will instead be held at the Mansion Theater.

Theater manager Paul Dunn announced Aug. 5 on the Grand Palace's Facebook page - where updates have been posted since the announcement of the concert - that the Mansion Theater at 189 Expressway Lane had become the new venue.

A further post noted the new venue is smaller than the original location, so tickets are now more limited. However, they are still being sold on the Grand Palace's Web site.

Dunn has seen a quick progression of changes since the concert was first announced July 4.

On July 8, the city of Branson denied a request for the event to be held in the Grand Palace's back parking lot, citing a number of violations, but the city's Planning and Zoning Commission said it would help Dunn renovate the theater's interior to make it safe for the concert goers in time, according to Springfield Business Journal coverage.

Dunn and fellow promoter Stephen Lind appealed to the city's Board of Aldermen on July 27, but the board voted unanimously to deny the appeal for the outdoor special event permit.

That same day, Brent Butler of Butler Architects, who was overseeing reconstruction of the theater, removed himself from the project, Dunn told SBJ. This caused the city to post a stop-work order on the theater.

Dunn took the city to Taney Circuit Court Aug. 5, but the judge denied litigation, according to SBJ's media partner KSPR.
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