One of Kansas City’s worst venues to catch a concert is no more….
That’s the bad news you might say – that the shows at Kansas City’s historic City Market are history.
However, the really good news is that a new downtown home for the concert series has been found and is about to be announced, sources say.
Will it be along the riverfront in Berkley Park, in a city-owned park west of City Market, at Liberty Memorial, home of Rock Fest or elsewhere?
The jury’s out for now, but there will be more than one show on the docket for this summer.
All of this after marketers of the historic City Market reluctantly tossed in the towel recently on the longstanding outdoor summer concert series there to ensure against further damage to the Steamboat Arabia museum.
And while museum main man David Hawley is relieved and happy about the resolution, "I think in some circles they’d like to put the Arabia in the crosshairs for spoiling their party," he jokes.
Hawley’s yet to hear from City Market officials since their terse release cancelling the season.
"I sent a nice note and thanked them for helping to protect the collection and told them I hoped to work together to make the City Market a better place for everyone, but I didn’t hear back." Hawley says. "I know it kind of singed their feathers a little bit."
And still no word on a City Market sponsored engineering report to evaluate damage done by the loud music.
"No, they haven’t reported back yet," Hawley says. "But it’s only been (3 or 4) weeks, so I don’t know how long something like that takes – but it took six months for them to even get here…They’re going to have to repair the damage at the museum – the ceiling’s damaged. This effort is to repair the damage that’s already been done.
"The thundering concerts knocked it lose and down it came and it was a surprise to everybody that the concrete came lose. You know the concerts are not going to knock the building down, but it did knock chunks of it down – parts that were damaged by water, I guess."
Make no mistake, Hawley’s no party pooper and is all for the concert series continuing in its new location. His favorite City Market show?
"Oh, I listened to Mumford & Sons for a while and I liked that one," he says. "But I sat inside by the paddle wheel for that one and I could still hear it good."