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Blues fest to be quieter, end earlier

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:17:07 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger

Music from the "Ain't Nothin But The Blues" festival will stop an hour earlier than planned. The Bloomington City Council unanimously passed three motions looking to reduce noise in the neighborhood surrounding GE Employees Club Park. The festival, scheduled for July 20th and 21st, will end at 10:30 each night instead of 11:30. And the stage is being moved, and the sound level is to be reduce to 70 decibels after 9 p.m. President of the Spring Ridge Homeowners Association Chuck Witte says the ruling was a compromise...


"There are a number of liquor establishments in town that have outdoor music, and THEIR liquor licenses require them to turn the music off at 10 O'clock. That would have been our preference."
     Festival organizer Deborah Mehlberg with the Blues Blowtorch Society says sound from the new stage location will bypass the Spring Ridge area and shoot over an industrial location...

"I'm hopeful that, uhm any indifferences that occurred in the past, are over."

Mehlberg says she hopes after this year, the festival end time will be moved back to 11:30.

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