ELKHART — With a lineup including The Temptations, Styx and Gavin DeGraw, the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart has had a busy spring.
David Smith, the general manager at The Lerner, said the theater has had its "biggest run" since renovations were completed in June 2011.
"All of the shows have been well-received," Smith said. DeGraw's concert, with opening acts Rozzi Crane and Parachute, sold 1,261 tickets.
Smith said by building relationships with concert promoters over the last three years, The Lerner has been able to book shows further in advance and snag bigger acts.
"We’re able to book shows further out and that helps with the density of the product," he said. "We still always have opportunities to pick up short-lead shows as filler around the (larger acts)."
DeGraw, who took the stage Tuesday, April 15, brought a younger demographic than many of The Lerner's other acts. His debut album, "Chariot," was released in 2003 and went platinum. A song on that album, "I Don't Want To Be," was featured in the opening credits of the popular TV series "One Tree Hill."
Natalie Tavernier of Mishawaka has enjoyed DeGraw's music since she was in high school. Her two best friends heard an advertisement on the radio for Tuesday's show, which was the day before her 28th birthday, and decided they wanted to surprise her with tickets.
The trio said they had never attended a show at The Lerner before, but more shows like DeGraw would bring them back.
"It's exciting to have a new genre in the space," Smith said.