St. Louis City Committee Talks of New Major Downtown Music Festival

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A company with ties to a heavyweight concert promoter wants rights to host a music festival for two decades in Gateway Mall, beginning in 2015.

Board Bill 328, introduced Friday in the city's Convention and Tourism committee by Ald. Phyllis Young, would see the city of St. Louis enter into an agreement with Summer Rocks LLC to produce music festivals on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

The 63-page proposal would allow organizers to use a portion of the park between 17th Street and Tucker Boulevard for the festival that would include one main stage and two side stages. It would also see the intersections of Market and Tucker shut down for the duration of the festival.

Summer Rocks would pay the city $400,000 each year, adjusted for inflation, for use of city services, according to the proposal.

Summer Rocks LLC has ties to Los Angeles-based International Creative Management, a
powerhouse talent and promotional agency that represents some of the biggest performers, musicians and comedians in the U.S.

The proposal is also tied to St. Louis developer Stephen Stogel, president of DFC Group, Inc., who is listed as the only local contact in the 64-page agreement. Stogel once headed up Civic Progress' St. Louis Technical Assistance Corporation, which had a large hand in the redevelopment of the Gateway Mall and the ArtLofts.

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This is the area that the proposed festival would encompass.

Bill co-sponsor Ald. Marlene Davis learned about the proposal Wednesday. She said the festival would mirror other large-scale festivals in cities like Atlanta and Austin, Texas.

"I think it's an absolute positive," Davis said.

Continue to page two for more on the proposed new festival.



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JenniferS
JenniferS

Big festivals are good for tourism. It's about the profit for the promoter and local businesses. They bring tourists to the City, but locals will eventually stay home. Other than that, they become big, formulaic, expensive and crowded.   And it does nothing to support our local music community.

I LOVE our local flavor our local music and local food. I love it when festivals are like a huge block party. What's the point without that feel? I think we need to have more of an effort to promote locally sponsored events.

Chad Kitchen
Chad Kitchen

I can't imagine something like this being bad for the city. I'm no expert, but more revenue and music sounds great to me.

commonsensewoman
commonsensewoman

This is a slap in the face to ALL the people who've worked decades to perform, promote the Blues Festival on those weekends!   This is just wrong!  MOST people not involved in the music scene in St Louis have ZERO knowledge of the amazing talent we have here that is second to none! 

This should NOT go forward!  WHY let all that money go to people outside St Louis??

Martienne Cotter
Martienne Cotter

I think it's great! And if you read page 2 of the article you'll see that it's not taking anything away from anyone. It prohibits concerts "of the same size and scope" in the city on the same day. They specifically say that none of the St. Louis traditions will be affected!

Emily M Kon
Emily M Kon

It's taking away from our local talent. It's not right.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

If you go to these events on the Metrolink, the stops are right next to the action and you are always in a crowd, coming & going. Besides, the camaraderie on the train is downright fun!

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

Not if it's displacing the local talent that St. Louis likes to promote....

Michæl Pãtriçk
Michæl Pãtriçk

They are probably referring to how dangerous downtown is... In which they have no clue .... Lol

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

This is not the Gateway Mall. The Gateway Mall is east of Tucker and that area is screwed up for at least 3 more years with the Arch grounds project and streets collapsing. Wait until they can put this crap on the Arch grounds.

Jeff
Jeff

This is awesome since we will have direct access to all of ICM's artists like Atreyu, VNV Nation, As I Lay Dying,Tommy Lee, Gym Class Heroes, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Nick Lachey, Slat-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Chingy, Boyz II Men, the Beach Boys, Faith Evans, Cedric the Entertainer, Carrott top and... Lou Reed.

This is going to be awesome.

Lauren Dugan
Lauren Dugan

I don't understand people who will go downtown for Blues or Cards games, but going downtown for a music festival would be "risking your life." Love your city, folks, good and bad.

ithardin
ithardin

20 year EXCLUSIVE MONOPOLY on LABOR AND MEMORIAL DAY to an out-of-town L.A. LLC!?!?!  You have got to be kidding me.  *facepalm*

hdcowboy
hdcowboy

@RiverfrontTimes Criminals rejoice! How many out-of-town victims will it take to move the event to the county? Perhaps Chesterfield.

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

Not sure how going downtown = risking your life, but let's face it, it's a major urban downtown. There's no place to park, no place to pee, no place for a festical to spread out. It's just not a good place for an extra ten thousand people.

Darren Kostecki
Darren Kostecki

Not downtown. Not worth risking your life to attend a music festival.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

The Gateway Mall is east of Tucker, dummies. West of Tucker is Soldiers Memorial and the Plaza, and Aloe Plaza-and together they, and the civic buildings along Market, constituted the finest civic center in America. Memorial Day weekend is to honor the war dead, not to trample their Memorials. Independence Day is to celebrate freedom and courage and not to trample Forest Park. Labor Day weekend is to honor those who built this city, including its downtown and its park. Tell Mr. Stogil and the good alder ladies to find another location.

Too bad the Arch grounds will be a mess for three years, don't damage other valuble areas.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

This trashes one of the best and most accepted civic centers in America. Showing brief signs of a comeback. And, Fair St. Louis trashes Forest Park this year, and probably next, and next.  This is low, so very, very low. St. Louis is 'centered' on the low road, and that road takes you down, down, down.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

No, more disgraceful abuse of Soldiers Memorial and our civic center. St. Louis has taken 

the low road Downtown for 30 years and Downtown is 'over'. Put it in Ballpark XXXXXX Village, put it in the pretend civic center-kiener plaza.  Put it north of the failed Dome. Free Kiel opera House, which is classy and the best place for music festivals in the country, and let it help bring back Union Station.Develop the muni courts building and honor the Memorial. Dissolve the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and Phyllis Young-please go home. 

Jennifer K Suits
Jennifer K Suits

Not if it establishes monopolistic control in a single promoter. It becomes all about money and not about the music. Local musicians and promoters could get screwed. We need more support for local musicians and entrepreneurs, not less.

John Clover
John Clover

Queensryche, Ratt, Tesla, Missouri and Dokken

paparay
paparay

WRONG WRONG WRONG----WHAT IS IT WITH OUR 2ND RATE CITY POLITICIANS MAKING THESE DECISIONS??? A 20 YEAR EXCLUSIVE DEAL? Why can't this be done 'in-house', so to speak----why would you wish to give this over to an out-of-state entity?    

Paul Huber
Paul Huber

Doesnt matter, st. Louis has a terrible taste in music

Vikki Alper Williams
Vikki Alper Williams

Robert Gordon nick cave dickies scrillex big sandy and fuck if I know the dammed

Heather Banks
Heather Banks

I'm not complaining. So don't don't be a bitch to someone you don't know, thanks!

Anne Buck
Anne Buck

Do you have a useful suggestion then? Or just complaints?

Antonio E Mann
Antonio E Mann

Daft punk pharalle Williams snoop Dogg everyone possible lol

John Null
John Null

As long as it isn't anybody who has ever been on Z107.7

Rob May
Rob May

Debbie Gibson, Tool and Right Said Fred

cadilacblues
cadilacblues

I want to be part of this...............


commonsensewoman
commonsensewoman

@Jeff  No it is NOT!  This is usurping and kicking to the curb ALL of the fabulously talented local musicians who've worked for decades to make this cities music scene what it is!  To take away the two biggest events that show case this amazing talent is criminal!  WHY do we need an outside company to do what we already do? 

Those artists you speak of can still perform here but they don't need to do it on OUR time and take away OUR festivals!!!!

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@paparay This absolutly destroys the civic center something the various owners of the Fox Theatre have toiled for since the 1930s.

Jeff
Jeff

@commonsensewoman

Sarcasm

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