COLUMBIA — Thumper Entertainment presented early plans for a summer concert in Stephens Lake Park to Columbia City Council members before the start of Tuesday night's meeting.
The concert is planned for 5 to 11 p.m. June 16 and would be set up on the flat landscape on the east side of the park. Thumper Entertainment organizes the annual Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival in downtown Columbia.
*Organizers, such as Thumper, are charged by the city for every person who goes to an event held in a city park. The charges equal $2.20 per adult and $2.05 for each child. Based on the expected attendance of adults only, Carol Rhodes with the City Manager's Office said this fee could be around $8,000.
Thumper offered to donate 10 trees, which they valued at $2,500, to the city's Memorial/Heritage Tree and Bench Program. The company asked the council to waive the rest of the event fee, since it called this concert a trial run. If the concert continued, Thumper would pay more of the fee in the future.
The company has several goals in mind for the summer concert. Betsy Farris, president of Thumper Entertainment, said it hopes to "shine the spotlight on the park." Farris said Thumper wants to attract blues festival fans, as well a young crowd, somewhere in the *18- to 34-year-old range.
It also has plans to promote sustainability through the event by encouraging concert-goers to ride a bike or walk to the event. It will also provide a water refilling station, use solar lights and possibly a solar-powered stage to further contribute to the sustainability theme.
The 2012 summer concert will be a trial run to see if the project can accomplish these goals.
The Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss the progression of the event at its next meeting, particularly issues surrounding the sale of alcohol and fees for the use of the city's park.