Some Columbia Owners Say Summerfest is Bad for Business
COLUMBIA (AP) - Some downtown Columbia business owners say that a popular summer concert series is bad for business and want the city to limit street closings on weekend nights.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 21 downtown merchants signed a petition asking the city to only issue permits on weekday nights for the popular Ninth Street Summerfest concerts. They also want the concerts to end once University of Missouri students return for fall classes.
The outdoor concerts have previously been held on Wednesday nights. Blue Note nightclub owner and concert promoter Richard King says he has to book performers when their touring schedules allow.
The free concerts typically draw thousands of fans to an area outside King's club on an otherwise busy Columbia street.