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Changes may come to Street Beat

Scott N. Miller
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyStreet Beat shows along Gore Creek Drive put a crimp in sales for many businesses on the street. A meeting has been set for next week to talk about possible changes to the series.
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VAIL – Jim Robbins is all for the winter Street Beat concerts in Vail. He just wishes the shows were someplace else.”Whatever is good for the visitors is good for Vail,” said Robbins, who has owned the Alaskan Shop on Gore Creek Drive since 1979. “But if Street Beat is supposed to promote sales, I’ve never had one sale during a concert.”Several Gore Creek Drive business owners have been lobbying the Vail Valley Foundation, which is the lead organizer of the winter concert series, to move the shows or make some changes. That effort got a public meeting scheduled to talk about the concerts, and what changes might help businesses.Terry Brady of the Foundation said the concert series will continue. But where and in what form the shows go on may change next ski season.”We’re trying to come to a solution that helps everyone,” Brady said.What those changes might be include changing concert times, perhaps mixing up the musical styles of the bands hired to perform, and, just maybe, changing the location of the shows.

“I’m hesitant to talk about locations,” Brady said. “Every place has its own problems, and you’ll always affect someone, somewhere.”Just across the street, Ned Mataroso, owner of Emata, said he’d like to see the concerts somewhere else, too.”Everybody’s all for bringing people into town,” Mataroso said. “But we need to be doing it in a way that doesn’t affect some businesses the way it has here.”Street Beat puts a drain on most of the retailers along Gore Creek Drive, said Matt Morgan, a co-owner of Sweet Basil restaurant.”The fact is, there are high-end stores here, and their business suffers,” Morgan said.,Another idea proposed is not having shows in March, the busiest month for the resort.

“If you don’t have shows in January, February and March, I don’t know what that does to your continuity and what you’re trying to accomplish,” Morgan said.Other than more restrooms and some other minor things, Morgan said there really aren’t many changes the Vail Valley Foundation could make to really help Gore Creek Drive businesses.While every possible location in town has its own set of problems, Morgan thinks he knows of one that might work: The International Bridge, with the back of the stage facing Crossroads and the crowd facing north.”They did it before and it seemed to make sense,” Morgan said. But, he added, “No matter what, you’re going to affect somebody.”=============What: Meeting about the Street Beat concerts



Where: Vail Town HallWhen: Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m.================Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or smiller@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado


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