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Stephens Lake Park summer concert postponed until artist booked

Monday, May 7, 2012 | 6:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The original June 16 date for a concert in Stephens Lake Park no longer stands because Thumper Entertainment was unable to secure an artist for that date.

In January, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council approved the concert organized by Thumper Entertainment. Thumper, which puts on the annual Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival, aims to attract a younger crowd — ages 18 through 34, according to a previous Missourian article.

Thumper's booking agent is still scouting musicians, festival director Jessica Brown said. Once a musician is secured, the date will be set.

The date largely depends on musicians' tour schedules, so as of now there is no tentative date for the concert. 

"There’s several people that (the booking agent) is looking at and different dates that go along with those artists because they’re on tour, so it depends on when an artist is coming in," Brown said.

Scheduling is not the only factor that the booking agent is considering.

"We’re working on finding an artist that’s going to fit well in the park and hopefully draw a big crowd for our first event down there," Brown said. "We want to make it a good one so that we can continue to do these events." 

When an organization wants to have a special event in one of Columbia's parks, it is required to file an application for a parks special use permit.

One of the primary reasons for the permit is to confirm that there are no conflicts in the park with other groups that have already scheduled activities.

Thumper has worked out an agreement with Parks and Recreation, but the agreement will not be finalized until the date is set.

"If we get a date where we've already got another major activity going on in the park, then we have to figure out how to make the activities work," Parks and Recreation director Mike Hood said. "If the final date is a date when the park is pretty open, then probably most of the details have been worked out, so it really does come back to the date." 

Brown is confident that the booking agent will secure a musician and is planning for the concert to move forward.

"We’ve addressed all the issues that might come up," Brown said. "We’ve worked really hard to get this far, so we’re definitely planning on having the event this summer."

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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