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Patriots Point bans "manufactured" concerts after complaints

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Thursday night, Patriots Point estimates that close to 2,800 people attended the 2013 Harbor City Festival near the U.S.S. Yorktown to hear Swedish House Producer, Alesso, and other bands to perform. Thursday night, Patriots Point estimates that close to 2,800 people attended the 2013 Harbor City Festival near the U.S.S. Yorktown to hear Swedish House Producer, Alesso, and other bands to perform.

After receiving more than 40 complaints from the Mt. Pleasant community Thursday night, Patriots Point is banning concerts featuring "manufactured" music, such as DJs, from playing anywhere on the campus.

Thursday night, Patriots Point estimates that close to 2,800 people attended the 2013 Harbor City Festival near the U.S.S. Yorktown to hear Swedish House Producer, Alesso, and other bands to perform.

During the event, Executive Director Mac Burdette says he received phone calls from neighbors who were angry about the loud noises coming from Patriots Point. He says the decision to ban DJs from performing was simple.

"It just isn't worth doing this. We can find other ways to make the money without having to do this type of concert," Burdette told News 2 by phone Friday morning.

He estimates that Patriots Point made close to $8,000 from the event.  Burdette said while it is important for a state agency to find creative ways to make money, risking the reputation of Patriots Point is a risk he doesn't want to take.

"I'm not going to risk the reputation of Patriots Point and the goodwill we've built with our neighbors and the folks who live around us," he said.

Patriots Point has featured DJs like Alesso on its campus before. Burdette cited many reasons why last night's concert seemed louder and more aggravating for neighbors than before, including the possibility of louder equipment and the weather conditions.

This issue comes on the weekend where the U.S.S. Yorktown plans to celebrate its 70th birthday. Burdette admits being disappointed that this happened on the weekend filled with celebration, but he understands the complaints folks had.

"If I were a citizen, and I was having to listen to it two miles away, I wouldn't have been any happier than they were," he said.

 

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