Committee approves summer music festival bill

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - After three hours of public comment, the St. Louis City Convention and Tourism committee voted to approve a bill that would give Summer Rocks exclusive rights to Soldier's Memorial during Memorial and Labor Day Weekends.

Summer Rocks is owned by Los Angeles mega talent agency ICM Partners.

Local musician Jeremy Segel-Moss started a petition to stop the festival , arguing that the bill was moving forward too quickly. He says it's already forced great events out of the city like Blues Week and Taste of St. Louis.

But Alderman Scott Ogilvie (Ward 24), said the bill would not affect any event currently held in the city. He said the closest event is LouFest which is held in Forest Park. Even if that event grows considerably, it is grandfathered in and would not be in violation of the proposed non-compete clause. He also pointed out that the clause was similar to what the City of Chicago has with Lollapalooza.

Many at the board meeting felt the bill was passed through too quickly. In fact, no one ever consulted with the Cardinals or with Anheuser Busch. Both organizations put on outside concerts. This week they were consulted.

In addition, no one consulted with the St. Louis Blues, forcing yet another amendment to be introduced Wednesday to ensure if they make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, contingency plans are in place.

The earliest the full Board of Alderman could vote on the bill is April 14, the last day of the session. More debate is likely to take place this Friday.


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