Last two Summerfest concerts move back to Ninth Street

Monday, August 8, 2011 | 8:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Ninth Street is where Richard King thinks Summerfest belongs.

King, owner of the Blue Note and Mojo's , plans to bring Summerfest back to Ninth Street, after a petition from downtown businesses and a Columbia City Council decision caused him to move the summer concert series to Forrest Rose Park in July.

City council members denied the petition from downtown businesses to restrict street closings, but they did allow Red and Moe Pizzeria owner Tom Rippeto to sell alcohol on the street during the concert, which prompted King to shift locations.

Summerfest will be held on Ninth Street for its last two concerts of the year, King said. Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will perform on Aug. 24, and Robert Earl Keen will perform on Sept. 14.

Both concerts will be held on Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut Street.

The street closure ordinance that has caused much of the controversy has been updated by city staff, and King said he hopes this will "tighten the rules, so what happened at the last city council meeting won't happen again."

Updates to the street closure ordinance were presented Aug. 1, and city council members will vote soon on the proposed changes.

"Most folks want it on Ninth Street, and that is where we feel it belongs," King said.


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