Summer Rocks vs. Lollapalooza: By the Numbers

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Worth noting: The latest Lollapalooza deal was hammered out under current mayor Rahm Emmanuel's administration. The mayor's brother is Ari Emmanuel, the co-CEO of Lollapalooza co-organizer William Morris Endeavor (and the basis of Jeremy Piven's character in the HBO show Entourage).

Locally, real estate developer Steven Stogel is a major player in Missouri politics and downtown redevelopment. Stogel says he introduced ICM Partners to St. Louis city officials. Through his Clayton-based DFC Group, Stogel has participated in a number of publicly financed projects in downtown St. Louis, including the oversight of the $47 million restoration of the historic Old Post Office (for which Stogel's DFC Group partnered with Mark Schnucks' DESCO Group), and as consultant on the $75 million renovation of the St. Louis Central Library. His work helped spur a redevelopment renaissance and made himself (and a lot of other people) a lot of money.

Stogel was also cherry-picked to co-chair Governor Jay Nixon's Tax Credit Review Commission, which was formed to make the state's tax-credit system more efficient.
Stogel even had a hand the redevelopment of the Gateway Mall, where the Summer Rocks festivals would take place.

See also:
- Summer Rocks Music Festival Bill Passed By Aldermanic Committee
- Online Petition Addresses St. Louis Summer Rocks Festival Uproar
- St. Louis City Committee Talks of New Major Downtown Music Festival
- Bluesweek Moves to Chesterfield Due to Financial Woes




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cdkraus
cdkraus

Hope you like the band that Steve Stogel's son plays in. We will be having them shoved down our throats for the next 20 years. What a joke. ICM has never produced a music festival. Putting it on at Gateway Mall that will in no way hold enough people to make this festival matter. All the while you have willing and able local individuals that could put on a phenomenal festival. Once again, the only reason this gets done is because one of our petty, little government officials will have money contributed to their fund or they are making money on the side. St. Louis will never matter until the area votes in officials that truly have our entire region in mind when they make decisions. And not the "I vote yes as long as it benefits me personally.

Chad Kitchen
Chad Kitchen

I can understand the concerns, but I see this being a good thing for the city. Revenue and music sound great to me.

Evelyn Dobbs
Evelyn Dobbs

I can't believe the comment "black on white" crime how racist is that?we just need better sites to have these venues

Danny Thweatt
Danny Thweatt

Chicago can host successful festivals because of their diversity, their efficient public transit and their police. A festival in STL will be a cluster of car break-ins, heroin, and black on white crime.

ehecker
ehecker

East St. Louis should develop a controllable/ticketable festival ground across the river from the Arch.  Have some stages or an amphitheater.  Secure parking and Metrolink access...  That would add functionality to festival producers who don't necessarrily want to produce open-street, free festivals.  And, it would put the crowds and noise on the other side of the river, too (within an easy metrolink ride of downtown restaurants and hotels).

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Yea a cars not my problem either.. I typically avoid going out there tho and cops are one reason.. My ghetto car would stand out.. But also I typically don't have the gas to go that far and spend a ton of money on food and entertainment

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

I do have a car but ya know I dont want to get pulled over for bs being in Chesterfield because im from the city..yep it happens..

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

Its all about money..bluesfest and taste were FORCED to leave stl because of this..its out of town production company..shouldnt we be trying to promote within?!..but some people dont get that while we kill what ee already have to help out others its ridiculousness. .too bad some wont see it that way..also Chesterfield is inaccessible for many..with no public transit to the area..oh wait we gotta keep the riff raff like me who run a Dr s office out because I cant afford it..hmm

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Oh and screw the rams I just wish we never built them a home

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

This makes me sad... And I give a damn if taste is moved to chesterfield because I won't go there ... However I will go down town for taste and blues week... But I will not go to the summer rocks I don't like what it stands for or the music it will bring

David Ames
David Ames

The conservatives in this town cry about using money for anything, and the hipsters whine about anything that isn't a farmers market. So we're left with nothing anyone that doesn't wear ironic t shirts actually cares about.

David Ames
David Ames

No, St. Louis is turning in to a joke because we stand for nothing and oppose everything. Big damn deal if the Taste moved to Chesterfield. We could be procuring a music festival that puts us on the national stage.

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

And rft if you want to investigate why dont you investigate how easily St Louis is bought off against the will of the people..instead of all ridiculous info you put out about STL ..like which bands are hated here and who the top local artist are..which you have been proven wrong on

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

Well they made the bluesfest and taste of stl leave so that our city can be bought off and NOT allow these things to be here..so that this company has exclusive rights for 20 years the people spoke up and stated that is NOT what they want but.stl is just turning into another bought off corporation owned by the rich even when the people speak they do not get heard..

David Ames
David Ames

Make ot happen St. Louis. Then make sure you keep the Rams here. Let's stop slipping away as a relevant city and DO SOMETHING.

Kevin Grier
Kevin Grier

Loufest has doubled in size each year. C3 has taken it over and they coordinate SXSW. That connection will bring big acts to St. Louis

Shane Smith
Shane Smith

How can we honesty compare the two? Summer Rocks hasn't even rocked yet.

Lisa Burnett Robinson
Lisa Burnett Robinson

Apparently the people negotiating this deal were the ones who negotiated the dome deal to get the Rams to StL. #Incompetent

kwernowsky
kwernowsky

@ehecker  I drove over the new bridge the other day and thought exact same thing. It's the perfect space for something like that. 

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