St. Louis Aldermen Greenlight Summer Rocks Music Festivals

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The St. Louis board of aldermen approved Board Bill #328 yesterday. The vote paves the way for two large music festivals in downtown St. Louis.

Initial plans will see the Summer Rocks music festivals in downtown St. Louis' Gateway Mall, beginning the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in 2015. Critics of the proposal said it would stymie local artists and push locally produced shows away from the city.

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

The bill still needs Mayor Slay's signature, which it is expected to get, before LA-based festival organizer International Creative Management Partners can begin negotiating for talent and financing. The bill was passed 21-4; here is the breakdown of votes:

- Ayes (21) - Flowers, Bosley, Ingrassia, Young, Conway, Ortmann, Vollmer, Arnowitz, Howard, Florida, Baringer, Roddy, Schmid, French, Boyd, Cohn, Williamson, Carter, Krewson, Reed.
- Nays (4) - Tyus, Villa, Kennedy, Vaccaro
- Present (1) - Moore

ICM released a statement Monday morning, saying it was pleased with the vote.

"Today's vote marks an important milestone in bringing world-class festivals to St. Louis to create vibrant new music experiences in the region," spokeswoman Michelle Suess said in the statement. "With the backdrop of the historic Gateway Arch and the shores of the Mississippi River, the festivals will bring together top-tier music acts from a variety of genres with local musicians, who are an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city."

The bill states that Summer Rocks must pay the city $50,000 per festival for the first ten years of a proposed twenty-year deal. ICM must also pay up to $400,000 per festival for services from the city.

Beyond that is a tiered system that would net the city 1 percent of ticket fees if more than 30,000 are sold, 10.5 percent if more than 90,000 are sold and 15 percent if the festivals stay in place for the full twenty years.

The festivals will take place on Memorial and Labor Day weekends each year. One is intended to be a major rock festival, and the other will feature predominantly country artists. The first events could take place as early as 2015.

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Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Are they still being genuine swine about the whole deal and driving out the Taste of St. Louis? If that information is still factual, and based on that fact, alone, I won't be attending any of their functions. Greed is, indeed, an ugly thing, and should be avoided at **ALL** costs. (Especially, given the fact that The Taste of St. Louis is not held on any of the dates that the "International Creative Management Partners" want to hold their functions. Driving the Taste of St. Louis out of downtown St. Louis, especially when it isn't held on ANY dates that those fools want to reign supreme is pure gluttony, and I will be attending many functions on Memorial Day AND Labor Day (Greek Festival, Japanese Festival, Gypsy Caravan, etc,), but I absolutely will not **ever** attend a function sponsored or managed by the "International Creative Management Partners" solely based on the 'greed' factor. That is just unnecessary ugliness.) And, please read Judge Judy's autobiography, "Don't Piss on my Leg and Tell Me It's Raining!". Not for a single moment will I believe that The Taste of St. Louis being run out of...uh... eh. ST. LOUIS and those particular jackasses moving into town is 'just a pure coincidence', and one has nothing to do with the other, or I will I believe that the demise of The Taste of St. Louis was the result of any other contributing factor BUT pure greed. True - I was born at night. But, it was a VERY long time ago.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

If they tore down the Kiel Opera House, they would have more room for parking 

Shaddow Church
Shaddow Church

Is it true that now there can be no other music events in the city from Memorial Day to Labor Day?

Thomas E Frisella
Thomas E Frisella

It would be a good thing if we could actually get GOOD bands to play and not garbage like point fest or cowboy mouth

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Good if operated properly, absolutely terrible if not.

Steven Woolley
Steven Woolley

As a local musician we'll see I've worked with Fair St. Louis, Celebrate St. Louis, and Taste of St. Louis - All were a great, they've kept the local music scene in mind on all occasions...

Lauren Kellett
Lauren Kellett

If it holds up to its promise of including a large majority of local bands, it'll be a great thing.

Jane Laycock
Jane Laycock

My kids all went to all the "Pointfest Festivals" in the 90s and 2001 , I think! a good time.

Ramon L Woody
Ramon L Woody

It will be a good thing for St. Louis. We need more connections here in the area for local musicians.

Adam Sullentrup
Adam Sullentrup

Festivals suck and this will probably take away from these bands being able to play the awesome local scene like The Pageant and The Duck Room for a few months around the dates of these festivals. St. Louis disappoints again.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

No, they are not proposing this for the Gateway Mall. They are going to trash our historic civic center west of Tucker which is not the Gateway Mall.  The $50,000 a year the City is 'assured of will not pay for the damages and repairs. And no, such events do not put cities on the world map. St. Louis was put on the world entertainment map with MUNY and Kiel,

many years ago. Permanent, and the best of class.

Cassie Hutchings
Cassie Hutchings

Loufest and another rock festival?! (Please don't suck like pointfest! Please don't suck like pointfest!) Fingers crossed!

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

On Memorial Day weekend, I always go to the county Greek Festival in Des Peres. On Memorial Day, itself, I go to The Gypsy Caravan one day flea market. This year will be no different. On Labor Day weekend, I go to 1) The Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Kingshighway. This year will be no different. In September, go to the Taste of St. Louis. This year will be no different. (I left out a bunch of outdoor art show, but I think you get the gist.) I will continue doing what I have always done,and I will continue not doing what I have always NOT done - if you know what I mean.)

Ethan Heller
Ethan Heller

could be really cool, i just hope they emphasize giving local musicians and artists the opportunity to participate!

Chris Settles
Chris Settles

Pffft. We can't even have a proper Oktoberfest.

RJ Alexander
RJ Alexander

The dome can have use after Rams leave...

Danny Thweatt
Danny Thweatt

I can hear the shattering car windows already.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

And running the actual festival, not into the ground.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

@jaco1175 @egoltermanGood to see you are still around, in a manner of speaking. What will be their 'escape clause', to allow them to bolt after year one? Kiel Partners had one, the Rams have one, the Cardinals had many on Village. So what is the escape clause that will let the L.A boys skip with whatever money they can? Take a stab at it.

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