Kevin KilleenBy Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A bill to bring major open-air concerts to downtown St. Louis on Memorial and Labor Day weekends stalled in committee. The plan’s sponsor, Alderwoman Phyllis Young, predicts it will pass out of committee next week.

“Conversations are going to go on through the weekend with people who could be sponsors, people who are concerned about competition and how to minimize any problems with that,” she says.

Opponents of the bill want it changed to make sure other events won’t be nudged out of the same weekends downtown. Under the compromise, other Memorial and Labor Day weekend events in the same space—the park just north of City Hall—or for-profit events with budgets of $8 million upwards and crowds larger than 25,000 would be banned.

Young says the firm that is seeking to ink a 20-year deal with the city handles big acts including Beyoncé.

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