Scotty Hudson nails it on the Event Center

Hudson’s KRRO rant today is right on, especially the non-logic in building a 20,000 seat facility;

The future of music lies in the smaller venues, gathering the niches of every genre. This is why instead of building an unused monstrosity, we need to make better use of the venues we already have. Pressure those at the Pavillion to book outside of the MOR mode that plagues that building. Acknowledge and cultivate the role of establishments such as Nutty’s for rock, rap, and indie rock. Let’s turn an empty warehouse or two into facilities for live music. The future is not monster U2 or G&R stadium spectacles; the future is a sweaty room with 1000 like-minded friends, and I’ll believe that until somebody on the task force can convince me otherwise.

Listen to Scott’s rant today at 8 AM on the KRRO, 103.7 FM.



9 comments ↓

#1 Sy on 08.26.09 at 12:03 pm

He’s partially right, but the future of music is not the sole reason for building an EC. We also need to consider the sports, convention and trade show businesses as well.

We desperatley need some clubs that can hold 1K or more. We need them in an entertainment district that compliments and cultivates our existing Downtown. It doesn’t make sense to stick these kinds of places in the suburbs or bedroom commmunities, although some are starting there because that’s the lowest cost structure they can currently find.

The EC downtown would fast forward the other developments that would provide the groundwork for the entertainment district. You need to create the destination, give it an identity, like Omaha’s Old Market, that people know to go to, even if they aren’t sure what’s actually going on there on any given night.

#2 Ghost of Dude on 08.26.09 at 12:06 pm

Plus, you have to account for the folks who would never go see a smaller act that they didn’t hear on a top 40 radio station, but who would pay good money to see a big name. They are legion, and they like to buy things.

#3 Sy on 08.26.09 at 1:18 pm

Even the act of going to more concerts if we have a venue large enough to attract more concerts will perpetuate the music scene.

If more people become used to paying $45 to see Green Day at the EC, they will not hesitate to pay $20 to see Jimmy Eat World at the yet to be opened 1K seat club.

#4 hosepheffer on 08.26.09 at 7:25 pm

STFU sy

#5 Costner on 08.27.09 at 6:26 am

If more people become used to paying $45 to see Green Day at the EC, they will not hesitate to pay $20 to see Jimmy Eat World…

Really? Someone out there would be willing to spend $20 to hear Jimmy Eat World? Or are you just making this up in some attempt to sound relavant to the modern music scene?

#6 Sy on 08.27.09 at 9:15 am

Costner:

“Really? Someone out there would be willing to spend $20 to hear Jimmy Eat World? Or are you just making this up in some attempt to sound relavant to the modern music scene?”

Well, ask L3wis what he just paid to see the Rev and I’ll bet I’m not that far off.

JEW not your cup of tea? Well, how about Chevelle for $25, or Social Distortion for $30, Billy Talent for $15 or Michelle Shocked for $18. Only problem is you need to travel to Nebraska to catch any of those gigs and none of them are at Qwest, Civic or Mid America.

The point is, numnuts, is that a new EC that can attract larger and more relevant concerts will foster the club scene that will bring in these types of acts. And not just a couple times a year like we have now, more like once a month.

With our college age population increasing and our close proximity to the State’s largest Universities, it wouldn’t be that far fetched over the next 20 years to see that kind of development.

Unless, of course, we are still on Task Force version 5.0 and all excited that Foghat has reunited to play the Arena.

#7 owk on 08.27.09 at 12:03 pm

I’m all up for heading to Flandreau to hear some outdated 80’s band that should never have put a record together in the first place. Plus, their buffet is the cat’s ass!

#8 Scott on 08.27.09 at 3:49 pm

Ok, so tell me what acts can attract 15,000, 18,000, or 20,000 in Sioux Falls. I love Green Day, but they can’t. As I said in my piece, the music industry is imploding mainly because they have moved away from developing longterm artists in favor of short-term celebrities.

Even those getting mainstream radio play are playing smaller venues. Most of the KRRO playlist now appears at Nutty’s or Canaries Stadium. It’s all about gaining a loyal niche, even in pop music, which is why a band like Wilco or the Shins sells just as many records as the over-hyped Black Eyed Peas.

#9 Ghost of Dude on 08.27.09 at 6:23 pm

the over-hyped Black Eyed Peas.

No shit.

The music industry is ruining music. But they’ve been doing it for a long time. They ruined LA, they ruined Seattle, they ruined Nashville, they ruined Detroit…

Disney is the worst of them.

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