Museum concerned about live concerts in City Market - KCTV5

Museum concerned about live concerts in City Market

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The crew spent Friday setting up the stage in City Market, and most of the merchants in the area are thrilled to have live music back.

But one business owner is still leery of the vibrations that could damage valuable relics from the past.

"I was surprised to discover that this Saturday we'll have another concert. The last one we had was so loud and noisy the concrete literally fell from the ceiling, barely missing some of our dishes. We're very concerned about this collection, it's irreplaceable," said David Hawley with the Steamboat Arabia Museum. "If something is broken, it can't be replaced."

Hawley said the show in October 2011 was too big.

"Why must they have it so close to our building, so close that you can almost reach out and touch their speakers to our walls, that's just too close," he said. "This building is completely filled with artifacts that are very sensitive, delicate to vibrations."

Saturday night Hearts of Darkness and AY MusiK will hit the stage, but this stage will be much smaller.

"The size of this concert is about half the size of previous concerts. It's a 20-foot stage. Also sound equipment is much smaller," said Meghan Buum with City Market.

The concert is part of a City Market hosting a two-part event featuring dining and live music called Grub Crawl.

Buum said the goal is to make everyone happy.

"It's a balancing act. That's why we made this event much smaller in scope, just to make sure it's Okay for everyone and everyone's having a good time," she said. "We have great shopping, restaurants. It's a great opportunity for people to see there is great night life and evening activities, to experience one of the best places in Kansas City to see a great show."

"We'd love to have it come back on a bigger scale," said Gerry Heldrich, the owner of Winslow's BBQ.

Heldrich said a big show can increase sales 50 percent.

"The concerts are a huge deal for us, we'd love to have them back as soon as possible," he said.

Buum said Saturday will be a test run to see if that's possible.

"A lot of the business owners miss the concerts. We heard from many members of the public that they would love to see the shows return. This is a first step to getting more music and other great events back here," she said. 

Hawley said if the vibration from the concerts continues to be a problem he'd consider moving the museum, but he hopes it doesn't come to that. He said something as simple as moving the stage further from the museum could fix the problem.

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