Questions Remain About Summer Rocks Festivals; Vote Postponed
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:
Geisman emphasizes that Muny, Peabody, Chaifetz, etc not affected by non-compete b/c single-stage and under 25K capacity.— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) March 6, 2014
HOW WILL THESE NEW FESTIVALS AFFECT BIG MUDDY BLUES FESTIVAL, LOUFEST, FAIR St. LOUIS AND OTHER ALREADY-SCHEDULED EVENTS?
Theoretically, they won't:
Grandfathered events include loufest big muddy, vp, fair stl, etc— Nancy Stiles (@nancerdancer) March 6, 2014
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:
Concern about U2 possibly coming to Busch stadium in some hypothetical future. Summer rocks has a "dialogue" with ballpark village— Nancy Stiles (@nancerdancer) March 6, 2014
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.
Basically this is going to cost a fuck ton of money but the city really isn't paying for anything.— Nancy Stiles (@nancerdancer) March 6, 2014
Local real estate developer Steve Stogel is on board for a contribution:
Stogel - this is an extraordinary addition to the fabric of the city. Says he will be investing some money into the venture.— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) March 6, 2014
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:
David Friedman with ICM - we are in the biz of working with local musicians. They will have a place at Summer Rocks.— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) March 6, 2014
WHEN WILL THIS BE SORTED OUT?
There will be another meeting:
Committee will not take a vote on Summer Rocks bill. Will take it on next week.— Nicholas J.C. Pistor (@nickpistor) March 6, 2014
But even if the committee approves the bill next week, the process still will take time:
Again - no vote today. Committee will vote next week. By Board rules, earliest it could be sent to @MayorSlay would be April 14th.— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann) March 6, 2014
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:
Mike Kociela of Taste of St. Louis speaking against Summer Rocks. Says this proposal crushed Bluesweek.— Nicholas J.C. Pistor (@nickpistor) March 6, 2014
Continue to page three for more on the proposed festival.