Performance Venue – Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://whistlestopdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Performance Venue – Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ 32 32 The Gothic Theater Sells to AEG: A Look at the History of the Venue https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-gothic-theater-sells-to-aeg-a-look-at-the-history-of-the-venue/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:07:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-gothic-theater-sells-to-aeg-a-look-at-the-history-of-the-venue/

Another musical era in Denver is ending, but a new one begins where the last left off. The Gothic Theater on South Broadway was sold to Anschutz Entertainment Group, also known as AEG Worldwide, for more than $2 million. AEG’s motto is “Give the world a reason to cheer,” but whether Denver will cheer this transition from one of its most popular and important independent venues into yet another cog in the company’s music machinery is a song yet to be sung . The news also follows the announcement that another local venue, El Chapultepec, which has been closed since the pandemic, has been acquired by Monfort Companies, a Colorado real estate investment and development firm.

The move is significant, especially for a venue as historic as Gothic, which has been a Denver — or more specifically Englewood — landmark for nearly a century. It was built as a cinema sometime in the 1920s, and while no sources agree on an exact year, the era is clear from its remaining original design elements. The gothic was an art deco beauty, the sleek styling and geometric flourishes promising the lavish experience film was in the pre-television days when even radio was in its infancy.

The Gothic Theater was also a pioneer in the Denver area: it was the first movie theater in the area to show “talkies” – films that had soundtracks attached so that audiences could see the onscreen actors and the music as one Film accompanied, could hear not have to be played live. As charming as that sounds to modern audiences — the Silent Film Festival at the Botanical Gardens proves the value of live music and film every year — it was a giant technological leap forward, and Denver’s Gothic had it first.

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Crowds gather for the Easter egg hunt, 1930.

The theater back then was more than just a place to see movies; It was a major player in building the Denver culture and community. Just one example: in 1930 the Gothic held an Easter egg hunt in a park in Hampden and Broadway that is now Interstate 285; it also offered pony rides and Jack Davis’ popcorn cart. It was a center of community for Englewood, and during the Depression era, community was often vital to survival.

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The Gothic facade before renovation, 1940.

In the 1940s, the Gothic’s exterior was renovated to keep up with the times and to attract a modern audience to rival the many movie theaters that had sprung up in Denver over the decades. But fortunately the interior was largely left alone, waiting to be rediscovered by later generations, further removed from its origins and therefore more enthusiastic about its preservation.

Gothic, like many theaters of its day, slowly declined over the years as multiplexes began to outshine its modest offerings, both in terms of comfort, number of screens and more. It became a porn theater in its final days, eventually closing for good in the early 80’s and standing abandoned except for a few rock shows here and there, falling apart bit by bit.

But these scattered rock shows were remarkable. Among the acts the venue supported at launch was none other than Nirvana, who performed there with Dinosaur Jr. and The Jesus Lizard. Kurt Cobain had just written Smells Like Teen Spirit two weeks earlier.

During this isolated but important period in gothic life, it was unrenovated, dirty and dark – perfect for the alternative music scene that was just burgeoning. Bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Skinny Puppy, Sonic Youth and more also played there years before Denver had other options like the Bluebird, Ogden or Fillmore.

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The original Gothic interior has been preserved.

In 1997, two Denver businessmen bought the porn-clad gothic shell and planned to turn it into its complete opposite: a family-oriented space for Christian fundraisers, which they dubbed “Acts on Broadway,” with the “acts” in the title referring to the biblical A book. Those plans didn’t materialize, opening the door for Steve Schalk and his partner Todd Kinion to purchase the venue in 1998 for $175,000. They completed the renovations and turned it into a notable music venue in Denver, and the community was brought back to South Broadway. “I know we’re doing a good thing,” Schalk said Denver Post 1999, just before the venue was due to reopen with a performance by Leftover Salmon. And here’s a recap: Tickets for this show cost $15.

What will the new AEG era bring to Denver’s music scene? Some might worry that the venue could now take on a more corporate perspective. But for a venue like Gothic, and for its many fans and patrons over the years, the show fits the bill. Keep playing Gothic for another 100.

What is your fondest memory of the Gothic Theater?

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2022 Hyundai Venue Diesel, track test https://whistlestopdepot.com/2022-hyundai-venue-diesel-track-test/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 04:01:44 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/2022-hyundai-venue-diesel-track-test/


The Hyundai Venue just got a facelift that included a fresher face, redesigned taillights, a slightly updated cabin and that’s it. But the Venue didn’t make the cut because of its facelift, which gives it some much-needed kit, but because of the 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. This replaces the older 1.4 liter engine and achieves higher performance – 99 hp and 240 Nm versus 89 hp and 220 Nm. Interestingly, this is still not the same engine as the Kia Sonet diesel car, which will receive even higher power and a variable geometry turbocharger to reduce lag. Back to the venue, because this diesel manual transmission is also a great powertrain. The performance is brisk and the venue picks up speed without too much hesitation. It’s no rocket ship and the turbocharged petrol still has more power, but the low-end grunt makes the diesel a very versatile engine. Then there’s the thrill of having a proper manual transmission – one with measured throws and a light clutch – which definitely adds to the appeal of the venue here at the track. Yes, the petrol-automatic combos will make more sense for the urban jungle, but for driving pleasure the manual is second to none. Hyundai makes refined diesel engines and this one is no different, offering respectable levels of refinement for a small-capacity diesel. The Venue also handles well, even when driven hard, and once you’re comfortable with it on a track day, you can actually have fun behind the wheel. The ride quality is absorbing enough to allow you to cruise the curbs fairly aggressively and smash through potholes in the real world.

The venue is a good package overall. The plastics are a little scratchy in places and it’s still missing things like ventilated seats and a high-end audio system, but the infotainment screen is responsive, the cabin is well-split and the space and practicality are on par with rivals. if not better.

  • Hyundai Venue Diesel (lap time – 01:16.7)
PARAMETER POINTS SCORE
QUALITY 5 3.5
COMFORT / SPACE 5 3.5
SOPHISTICATION 5 3.5
DESIGN 5 3.5
DRIVE 5 3.5
RIDE & HANDLING 5 4
PRACTICALLY 5 4
X FACTOR 20 12
LAP TIME fifteen 3.2
VALUE FOR MONEY 30 24
TOTAL 100 64.7

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Montana State Bobcats Season Recap https://whistlestopdepot.com/montana-state-bobcats-season-recap/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 06:19:29 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/montana-state-bobcats-season-recap/

BOZEMAN — Following their trip to the national championship, there has been a lot of noise surrounding this year’s Bobcat soccer team, who wondered if losing multiple stars would hurt their future success.

That obviously wasn’t the case this fall, as Montana State is one win away from a Big Sky regular-season championship in a regular season culminating with the 121st edition of the Brawl of the Wild.

season in retrospect

The Bobcats started the season with Gold Rush and entered the season at No. 4 in the FCS as they opened action in 2022 against McNeese State 40-17. Montana State got out on the right in front of a sold-out crowd led to the floor by Lane Sumner’s 176-yard rushing performance.

The Bobcats followed with another convincing home win over Morehead State, but their real test came in Week 3 as they headed to Oregon State. The game of the game came after a 98-yard kickoff return from Marqui Johnson, but the Pac-12 opponent was a red-zone monster who rolled past the Bobcats to win by 40.

The following week, Montana State looked to hit back at the Red Inferno in east Washington to open the Big Sky game, but little did they know they would be without their starting quarterback Tommy Mellott after a scary hit in the first quarter. However, an offensive shootout capped by a 13-yard touchdown by Sean Chambers defeated the 15th-ranked Eagles 38-35.

Week 5 featured a Big Sky After Dark matchup on primetime television as the Bobcats hosted UC Davis, and without Mellott, it was Chambers who answered the call on his first start. The Wyoming transfer set a new program record, raking in more than 200 yards both on the ground and in the air in his 41-24 win.

The Montana State defense was the winner against Idaho State, who set a program record with six takeaways, while in Greely, Colorado it was Willie Patterson who delivered the show against the Golden Bears.

Week 8 saw some movement in the polls thanks to a loss at North Dakota State, leading to a top-five marquee match against Weber State in a rain-riddled game. That may have contributed to the Wildcats’ four safes, but coupled with a 273-yard rushing performance from touchdown Tommy, the Bobcats went undefeated in Big Sky, defeating the Wildcats by five.

After a much-needed reunion, the Bobcats headed south to Flagstaff, Arizona, to a venue known for giving them some trouble — and it did. Northern Arizona brought Montana State to the end with just over a minute left, but an unwritten 64-yard pass from Mellott to Taco Dowler set up a 24-yard gamewinner by Blake Glessner, 41-38.

Then, of course, the team traded freezing temperatures for sunny skies last weekend, and it was Marqui Johnson who shone, helping the Bobcats set a new one-game rushing record with 554 yards for both the program and Big Sky to set up.

Now Montana State faces the granddaddy of them all as they prepare to take on their neighbors across the divide, but a win in the 121st Brawl of the Wild also secures them their first Big Sky Championship since 2012.

Montana State vs. Montana begins at 12 p.m. and will air on the Montana Television Network.

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IUD approved for new venue near Hillman | news https://whistlestopdepot.com/iud-approved-for-new-venue-near-hillman-news/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/iud-approved-for-new-venue-near-hillman-news/

A new venue will be available near Hillman soon.

On Tuesday, after a lengthy discussion, the Morrison County Board of Commissioners approved an application for an Interim Use Permit (IUP) for Samuel and Mindi Jennings to start a limited rural business. The venue is open May through October and is available for weddings, family reunions, and more, depending on the Jennings’ needs.

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Revenue and expenses rise in quarterly results – Billboard https://whistlestopdepot.com/revenue-and-expenses-rise-in-quarterly-results-billboard/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 16:23:45 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/revenue-and-expenses-rise-in-quarterly-results-billboard/

Madison Square Garden Entertainment’s quarterly revenue grew 36% to $401.2 million, up nearly $107 million year over year, thanks to a busy calendar for its venues, including Harry Styles‘ 15 sold-out concerts at the company’s eponymous venue in New York City.

However, that revenue wasn’t enough to offset an overall operating loss of $44 million and a 73% decline in adjusted operating income to $2.8 million due to expenses related to the return of live events and increased construction costs for MSG Sphere’s enterprise-wide operations caused expenses to rise to $88.1 million.

Speaking to analysts on Wednesday, executives expressed optimism, saying the company is entering the lucrative holiday season — a boom time for MSG gigs like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

“This is expected to be the first full year of events at our venues since fiscal 2019,” David Byrnes, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said. “The best months are ahead for our events business.”

The company’s entertainment revenue quadrupled to $147.1 million for the fiscal first quarter ended September 30. Compared to $34.2 million last year.

Investors were undeterred by executives’ comments that the company hosted a record 1 million guests at events during the quarter. Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. shares are down 10.47% at $40.43 as of 11 a.m. New York.

Executives announced that the cost of building MSG Sphere, the state-of-the-art venue under construction in Las Vegas, rose again from $2 billion to $2.175 billion, reflecting higher costs due to inflation and global supply chain issues is due. The project still has about 8-9 months of construction.

Byrnes briefly commented on the proposed spin-off of the company’s live entertainment and MSG Networks businesses. If the plan is approved, the venues and networks business would be called Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, while the business, which includes MSG Sphere and Tao Group Hospitality, owners of TAO, Hakkasan, LAVO and Beauty & Essex, would be called MSG Sphere corp

MSG Entertainment’s board of directors approved the plan in August and it is now subject to review by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Under the plan, the new, publicly traded company would house MSG Entertainment’s venues — including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theater and The Chicago Theater — and MSG Networks, which will broadcast five basketball and hockey teams on MSG Network and MSG+ . This new entity would also include MSG Entertainment’s sports and entertainment booking business, the Radio City Rockettes and Christmas Spectacular production and arena licensing agreements with the NBA Knicks and NHL Rangers.

Executives and analysts said the spin-off could offer investors more clarity about the company’s many businesses and a clearer choice between the type of investment they want to make. The Venues and Networks businesses have a long-term track record as stable revenue generators, while the Sphere and Tao Group businesses are more speculative but offer the opportunity for higher returns.

Below is a larger breakdown of the company’s earnings for the quarter.

Q1 FY 2023 Results for Entertainment:

  • Revenue of $147.1 million, up $112.9 million year-on-year
  • Event-related revenue increased by $80.6 million
  • Revenue from arena licensing deals with MSG Sports increased $18.3 million
  • Suite royalty revenue increased $8.4 million
  • Direct operating expenses increased by $65.5 million year-over-year to $101.8 million due to expenses related to events and arena licensing agreements with MSG Sports.
  • SG&A expenses increased 11% to $103.4 million due to higher employee compensation and benefits.
  • Operating losses totaled $75.3 million for the quarter, a 34% improvement from the prior-year period when operating losses were $114.7 million. Adjusted operating losses totaled $44.4 million.

Fiscal 2023 Quarter Results for MSG Networks Division:

  • Revenue decreased 13% year-over-year to $122.5 million as membership fee income decreased $19 million.
  • Direct operating expenses increased 10% to $75.4 million due to a $5.9 million increase in rights fees and a $1.1 million increase in other programming and production costs.
  • SG&A expenses decreased 63% year over year to $17.8 million.

Q1 2023 Overall Results for Tao Group Division:

  • Revenue increased 11% to $132.7 million, including $7.5 from new venue openings.
  • Direct operating expenses increased 25% to $76.6 million, driven by a $7.9 million increase in employee compensation and related benefits.
  • Food and beverage costs increased by $4.1 million due to inflation and the opening of new venues

This article has been updated to accurately identify the speaker during the company’s conference call. In addition, construction cost figures for the MSG Sphere project in Las Vegas have been revised from $2.75 billion to $2.175 billion.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Village takes next step in growth, cutting the ribbon on domed pitches | news https://whistlestopdepot.com/pro-football-hall-of-fame-village-takes-next-step-in-growth-cutting-the-ribbon-on-domed-pitches-news/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 21:36:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/pro-football-hall-of-fame-village-takes-next-step-in-growth-cutting-the-ribbon-on-domed-pitches-news/

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton has cut the ribbon for one of its latest additions, a new 100,000 square foot, 87 foot high dome.

The inflatable dome is called the Center for Performance and, according to the village, is the largest of its kind in the United States. The idea of ​​the dome, as opposed to a brick-and-mortar structure, came out of an effort to lower the price, said Michael Crawford, president and CEO of Pro Football Hall of Fame Village

“The cost was about $17 million instead of $50 million, so the return is a lot better now,” Crawford said.

The inflatable dome allows for tournaments and other activities year-round, regardless of the weather, Crawford said.

“In Ohio, we have weather similar to the Northeast and Midwest, and you know we’ve had a great sports team for many, many years that’s been running a lot of youth and adult athletic programs,” Crawford said. “But in December the nice weather starts blowing and we can’t let them go anymore.”

The dome is 100,000 square feet and is used for sporting events and tournaments.[Eman Abu-Khaled / Ideastream Public Media]

The dome is used for sporting events, tournaments, concerts and congresses.

“And now when athletes show up – and I hear this in passing – they show up and say, ‘Wow, these are the best fields we’ve ever played on. Literally the best pitches we’ve ever played on,’ which is fantastic,” said Crawford.

This venue is another step in making the village a tourist destination, Crawford said.

“Well, we’re going to cut a ribbon on a building, but I’d like to think of it as cutting a ribbon on a target,” Crawford said. “Because the goal is really what we’re about right now. ”

Next for the Village is a football hotel and water park.

“I’m pleased to report that you will be seeing the groundbreaking shortly,” Crawford said. “Well, we’re a public company, so I can’t give you an exact date yet. But you will see an announcement about that, but when I say short-term, I mean short-term.”

Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame Village has received provisional admission to sports betting. If the company meets legal requirements, it could offer retail sports betting and mobile betting on Jan. 1, when sports betting becomes legal in Ohio.

Copyright 2022 WKSU. To see more, visit WKSU.
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Zombified Cincinnati Bands Play Halloween Cover Gig at Northside Tavern | cincinnati https://whistlestopdepot.com/zombified-cincinnati-bands-play-halloween-cover-gig-at-northside-tavern-cincinnati/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:16:14 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/zombified-cincinnati-bands-play-halloween-cover-gig-at-northside-tavern-cincinnati/

Your favorite bands have come back from the dead at the Northside Tavern for Eat Your Heart Out, a two-day Halloween concert featuring cover acts from some of Cincinnati’s coolest musicians. The list included 10 bands split between October 28-29, 2022.

Hosted by local announcer and musician Adam Stone, this marked the fourth year he has organized a Halloween show at the venue. The majority of the bands consisted of musicians who don’t perform together regularly – a mix-and-match of a variety of groups.

Scroll through the photos to see costumed fans and bands, with each night’s lineup below.

Performance on Oct. 28:

  • Are you Afraid of the Cure {The Cure} / Featuring members of Future Bummer, Keri Winter, Young Heirlooms, Andy, Coast Off, The Mighty, Doctor Bionic
  • Creedence Clearwater Chronicle {CCR} / fmo Mad Anthony
  • Dead Disco {Metric} / fmo Appaloosa, carrier
  • Candy Darling {The Velvet Underground} / fmo Fairmount Girls, Darlene, Molly Hatchet, The High and Low, The Parias, The Dummy Ups
  • O-wasted {Oasis} / fmo Surf dreams, shuteye, kickaways, shadowraptr

Performance on Oct. 29:

  • Dome {Devo makes Helm} / fmo Siren Suit, Old City, The Future Strikes
  • The Hi How Are Yous {Daniel Johnston} / fmo Homemade Drugs, Sorry Eric, Nanny, Sandcrawler, Bug Licker
  • Portisdead {Portishead} / fmo Rae Fisher, Strobobean, Leggy, Dream Tiger
  • Zom Petty {Tom Petty} / fmo Hallo Sapien, Toon Town, Slow Glows, Sharp Toys, Dune Buggy, Lemon Sky, Magnolia Mountain, Bulletville, Quotah, You You’re Awesome
  • Tragic Kingdom {No Doubt} / fmo MADQUEEN, Heavy Hinges, Mynah Tones, Jess Lamb and the Factory, Mt. Echo, Floyd and the Walkmen, Danbient

Photos by Brent Stroud.

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KELLY CLARKSON AND NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE CELEBRATE 100 WINNING EDUCATORS DURING NORWEGIAN PRIMA DEBUT IN TEXAS https://whistlestopdepot.com/kelly-clarkson-and-norwegian-cruise-line-celebrate-100-winning-educators-during-norwegian-prima-debut-in-texas/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:57:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/kelly-clarkson-and-norwegian-cruise-line-celebrate-100-winning-educators-during-norwegian-prima-debut-in-texas/

–NCL recognizes 100 educators in the US and Canada with a complimentary cruise aboard Norwegian Prima and donate almost $170,000 to schools and teachers across the country –

–GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson performs onboard as part of Norwegian’s Giving Joy® awards ceremony-

GALVESTON, TX, October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, celebrated the debut of its all-new Norwegian Prima and the brand’s first-ever voyage Galveston, Texaswith an exclusive concert by the GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson.

The ship also served as a special venue for this year’s Norwegian Giving Joy awards ceremony, where Cruise Line and Clarkson recognized 100 teachers with a free cruise, almost $170,000 for the top three Grand Prize winners and their schools.

Norwegian’s Giving Joy program recognizes deserving educators for their unwavering commitment to bringing joy to the classroom. To celebrate these incredible personalities and their often underestimated profession, and to launch Norwegian Prima’s first voyage TexasNorwegian Cruise Line hosted a breathtaking awards ceremony. Guests of honor included the President and CEO of NCL Harry Summers; Norwegian Bliss Godfather Elvis Duran, American radio personality and host of “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show;” and superstar and godmother of the Norwegian Encore, Kelly Clarksonwho gave a stellar performance of hits like “Miss Independent,” “Stronger,” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.”

“It was my honor to celebrate the 100 deserving winners of Norwegian’s Giving Joy program at the opening ceremony of Norwegian Prima, which departed from my home state Texas!” said Clarkson. “Teachers are our true everyday unsung heroes, and they play an integral role in our society, shaping not only the future of their students but the future of their communities as well. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of this program and give a special performance before they set sail on the trip of a lifetime!”

At the conclusion of the Norwegian Giving Joy awards ceremony, Sommer introduced the top three Grand Prize winners who received the most votes and presented them with donations for their schools.

The grand prize winners are:

  • Patricia Hosmer from Bayonne High School in Bayonne, New Jersey ($25,000)
  • Theresa Schroeger from Falcon Cove Middle School, Fla. ($15,000)
  • Anton Stirpe from New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York ($10,000)

In addition to the expected donations to their schools, each of the grand prize winners received a big surprise – almost $40,000 a cash prize each thanks to Norwegian Cruise Line’s partners, who were moved and inspired to participate by the ethos of Norwegian’s annual teacher recognition program, Giving Joy. To view the full list of participating sponsors, click here.

“The debut of the Norwegian Prima in Galveston was very special,” said Harry Summers, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We really made it big … and where better to make it big than in Texas. We introduced our new awesome ship to a market new to NCL, we welcomed 100 incredibly deserving teachers to experience it and awarded the grand prize winners almost $40,000 in addition to a donation for their school, a surprise prize money – and we organized an unforgettable party with two of our NCL sponsors, Elvis Duran and Kelly Clarkson.”

The annual program is designed to highlight the connection between travel and education and recognize teachers for their unwavering commitment to inspiring students every day. To date, the program has awarded 230 teachers across the US and Canada donated with free cruises and over $350,000 to schools and educators since 2019. To learn more about this year’s 100 winners, share their heartwarming stories and support those in your communities, click here.

For more information on the company’s award-winning fleet of 18 ships and itineraries worldwide, or to book a cruise, please consult a travel expert, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl. com.

SOURCE Norwegian Cruise Line

]]> The Deer District concert venue complex receives support from the city’s zoning committee https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-deer-district-concert-venue-complex-receives-support-from-the-citys-zoning-committee/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 20:12:32 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-deer-district-concert-venue-complex-receives-support-from-the-citys-zoning-committee/

Rendering of FPC Live’s proposed concert venue complex in the Deer District.

FPC Live’s proposed $50 million concert complex for downtown Milwaukee’s Deer District was approved Tuesday by the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

It was the second state hurdle the project cleared, despite strong opposition from existing Milwaukee concert hall operators and other community groups.

FPC Livea Madison-based subsidiary Frank productions, in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks, plans to build two concert halls — one with a capacity of 4,000 and the other with a capacity of 800 — on the northeast portion of the former Bradley Center site, south of the Fiserv Forum. If approved, tThe project would break ground this fall for completion in early 2024.

While a concert hall is already a permitted use under the area’s zoning requirements, the project requires changes to zoning standards for the former Bradley Center site under the 2016 Arena Master Plan zoning agreement. The developers also have a zoning change from a generally planned one Proposed development to a detailed planned development for the project. The changes won a 3-2 recommendation from the City Planning Commission last month and a 5-0 recommendation from ZND Tuesday. The members of the committee are: Ald. Michael Murphy, Ald. Robert Baumann, Ald. Jose Perez, Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic and Ald. Russel Stamper.

In response to design concerns raised at the planning commission meeting, the developers revised the project by moving the building 37 feet to the east and adding glazing material to the east facade.

ZND’s public hearing, similar to that of the planning commission, focused on competition concerns and fears that FPC Live could cannibalize the city’s existing independent music venues. Frank Productions is majority owned by Los Angeles living nation, one of the world’s largest live entertainment companies. An opposition group called Save MKE’s Music Scene LLC has said that Live Nation will put independent Milwaukee concert venue operators out of business by restricting Live Nation touring acts to playing only in Live Nation-controlled venues.

Supporters of the project say it will have a positive impact on the economy, the workforce, the tourism industry and the downtown live music scene. Those in attendance at Tuesday’s hearing included Peter Rickman of the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Union and Dan Bukiewicz, President of the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council. These two organizations recently signed employment contracts with FPC Live for the construction and operation of the event complex. Other supporters included local restaurant owner Omar Shaikh; clifton phelps, Vice President of Business Development for JCP Construction in Milwaukee; Jeremy Fojut, co-founder of Newaukee; and a spokesman for the Madison Visitors Bureau.

After the public discussion, Bauman, the deputy chairman of the ZND, admitted that competition and antitrust issues are not the city’s business.

“My position remains, as we’ve said before, the whole issue of the economic implications of regulating competition is something we’re not doing and frankly shouldn’t be doing because we’re not good at it, we’re not experts at it, we don’t have the tools to come to an informed conclusion,” Bauman said.

He said the project checks all the boxes of what the committee would normally consider in a detailed planned development.

“It’s a permissive use under the general plan, it’s a $50 million investment with no subsidies, it will be a tax-paying entity going forward, it’s on undeveloped land that’s underutilized to say the least. You have agreed to a community service contract. … They agreed to follow the core resolution. They hired a minority contractor to be the main contributor to the construction,” Bauman said. “…To draw an informed conclusion to the point where you reject a development touching every single basis we normally rely on in approving developments would be to put politics ahead of what we do intended, and that means acting in the best interests of the city, the growth of its tax base, and the growth of its economy.”

The project now goes to the Joint Council for final review.

]]> Bandersnatch artists captivate audiences with new songs and old favorites https://whistlestopdepot.com/bandersnatch-artists-captivate-audiences-with-new-songs-and-old-favorites/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 17:55:05 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/bandersnatch-artists-captivate-audiences-with-new-songs-and-old-favorites/

When senior Donyell Logan first heard Emotional Oranges at Coachella earlier this year, he never thought he’d get the chance to see them up close in Syracuse.

“Syracuse, are you feeling iconic?” Vali, one half of the duo, asked the crowd as she led the way to one of her original songs, “Iconic.”

On Friday, students threaded their way into a fully decorated Goldstein Auditorium, dressed in their favorite evening concert attire. They were ready to see what University Union’s Bandersnatch had to offer.

This semester’s lineup was peppered with some empowering female artists. R&B pop group Emotional Oranges headlined the show with support from Tommy Lefroy. Froggies, a female-led student band, was the opening act.

Goldstein was decorated in various shades of red with a photo wall and various freebie tables in the back. The intimate space offered both the audience and the artists the opportunity to interact more than would be the case in a larger concert hall.



Junior Evelyn Broughton came to the concert to support her roommate Sam Ronan, who was backing Froggies on keyboards at Bandersnatch, but got a lot more than she bargained for.

“It’s quite intimate,” Broughton said. “It’s nice – I feel like I’m conversing with the artists.”

Froggies got the crowd moving to the tune of their vibrant rock music. They started the night off strong with their original song “Another Night”. While the crowd might not know all the lyrics to all of their songs, their heavy percussion, guitars and energy kept them moving.

“Everyone has to dance, it’s a requirement,” guitarist Sam Parrish told the crowd.

She led the crowd in Froggies’ rendition of ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love On Me.” While the audience was lively, they were somewhat eclipsed by the room. But they eagerly used the space to twirl and dance in small groups. Towards the end of their set, they got sentimental and played the first song they had learned together as a band.

“It’s the first song the three of us learned together. It’s very jinxed,” Parrish said.

The group ended up so strong when they started thanking the crowd and UU for having her.

Composed of Wynter Bethel and Tessa Mouzourakis, Tommy Lefroy is a relatively new duo in the music industry, but the pair are making waves. The two women wrote, produced and released their first album via Facetime during lockdown.

The duo said they wanted to twist the usual script around women and heartbreak and strive to be the heartbreakers rather than the heartbroken ones. They relate to other heartthrobs like Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, Mouzourakis said.

“A big thing that we’re talking about is giving listeners a safe space to feel what they need to feel,” Bethel said.

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From calling out the names of their heartthrobs to asking the duo to pose for their BeReals, the audience welcomed the artists with open arms.

The pair performed a variety of songs including an unreleased track and the song they released today, “Jericho Beach.”

Many viewers appreciated the number of women in the line-up.

“Both bands (Tommy Lefroy and Froggies) are led by women. So exciting,” Broughton said.

Tommy Lefroy ended her time on stage with an energetic guitar and drum solo that ended with Bethel on her back on stage and Mouzourakis leaning over her.

After Tommy Lefroy cleared the stage, the crowd got a quick breather to sit down and continue exploring everything the event had to offer. In the back of the auditorium, tables were set up with various merchandise and giveaways.

As the crowd mingled, sat down and walked around the venue, the stage was set for headlining – Emotional Oranges. The stage was cleared, leaving only large lights lining the back wall.

Vali strutted onto the stage in a matching red ensemble and kicked off the set with her song “Motion.” The fast-paced R&B song was a marked change from previous performers’ performances, but it got the crowd moving just as much. Azad Right, the other half of the duo, soon joined her on stage in a Balenciaga hoodie and red hat to match Vali’s outfit.

From the chemistry between the two to their lively backup dancers to their impeccable lighting, their set showcased their star power. Despite their striking stage presence, they still managed to keep their performance intimate and true to the space through interaction with the audience.

“I feel like I’m having a barbecue,” Vali said jokingly.

“Like I’m sitting in my parents’ house,” Right added.

Like Froggies, Emotional Oranges kept audiences moving with their upbeat music and a few performances, including the Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly.”

Halfway through their set, they introduced their backup dancers to the audience during a dance break. Logan and his girlfriend May Alabaddi both passionately claimed Emotional Oranges was their favorite act of the night.

Alabaddi first discovered the duo during the pandemic and they didn’t disappoint when they performed in Syracuse.

“I fell in love with that last song they played, ‘West Coast Love,’ during the pandemic and I can’t believe they’re playing it here,” Alabaddi said.

Although intimate, the students still enjoyed the concert and appreciated the connection with the artists.

“I love live music. It’s just so much fun experiencing the music that you’re hearing in your headphones as you walk around campus on the stage in front of you,” said Logan. “It is wonderful.”

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