Questions Remain About Summer Rocks Festivals; Vote Postponed

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WHAT CONSTITUTES A "SIMILAR EVENT?"

We're talking Lollapalooza-type events: for-profit, multiple days, multiple stages, budgets of $8 million or more and sales of at least 25,000 tickets per day. That won't affect arenas and concert clubs, though:


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HOW WILL THESE NEW FESTIVALS AFFECT BIG MUDDY BLUES FESTIVAL, LOUFEST, FAIR St. LOUIS AND OTHER ALREADY-SCHEDULED EVENTS?

Theoretically, they won't:

But honestly, that remains to be seen. Bill language stipulates that Big Muddy, LouFest, etc. will be grandfathered in and permitted to stage their festivals as planned. However, Big Muddy traditionally is held Labor Day weekend, while LouFest this year will be held September 6-7, just a few days after Labor Day. There is concern that tourists and residents will not enough spending dollars to attend Summer Rocks plus the locally produced events. In addition, LouFest attracts nationally known artists for its two-day festival, and some worry about competition from Summer Rocks for high-caliber talent.

Moreover, there's some question as to how Summer Rocks will affect future opportunities:


WHO'S PAYING FOR THIS THING?

Los Angeles-based ICM Partners will pay all taxes and festival reservation fees, in addition to forking over $400,000 a year for city services to put on Summer Rocks.

Local real estate developer Steve Stogel is on board for a contribution:


WILL LOCAL MUSICIANS BE INVOLVED WITH SUMMER ROCKS?

ICM Partners assured attendees that local musicians will be welcome, but their specific involvement remains to be seen:


WHEN WILL THIS BE SORTED OUT?

There will be another meeting:

But even if the committee approves the bill next week, the process still will take time:


DID THIS BILL PUSH BLUESWEEK TO CHESTERFIELD?

Last week, Bluesweek festival promoter Mike Kociela told RFT Music and other news outlets that the move was due to financial woes and the inability to secure festival sponsorships. During yesterday's hearing, however, Kociela -- whose Taste of St. Louis also is moving to Chesterfield -- confirmed that Bill #328 sent him packing:

Continue to page three for more on the proposed festival.


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