Over 63% of readers that voted in the non-scientific poll last week said the move to push out the locally-produced Taste of St. Louis & Bluesweek festivals in favor of concerts from ICM/Summer Rocks is a bad move, 16% thought it was a wash, and just over 20% think it is a good move. Here’s the breakdown:
Q: ICM/Summer Rocks pushed Bluesweek & Taste of St. Louis out of downtown on two holiday weekends. Good move for downtown & city?
- Very bad move! 30 [40.54%]
- Sorta bad 17 [22.97%]
- Meh, no big deal 12 [16.22%]
- Slightly good 9 [12.16%]
- Excellent! 6 [8.11%]
I tend to agree, I think next year we’ll see just how inexperienced ICM is at producing a festival, especially in a complicated setting like the area around Soldiers Memorial.
I’ve had the pleasure of watching the Taste of St. Louis grown over the years, starting out where Citygarden is now, later at Soldiers Memorial. Each year they learned from past mistakes. We’ll see how this goes, hopefully it’ll be a positive overall.
– Steve Patterson