Loud concerts disturbing local neighborhoods

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:18:12 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 09 2013 06:36:57 AM EST

VIDEO: How loud is too loud? That's the battle brewing between music lovers and homeowners near Metro Park tonight. The debate has been going on for months, and City Council members will be voting on the issue on Tuesday.


Sunday's outdoor concert brought some of the biggest names in rock to the River City, but many people who live within earshot of Metro Park say the concerts are just too loud.

It's a battle that has been going, but escalated to a political issue after the "Welcome to Rockville" in the spring.

More than 10,000 people turned out for the Big Ticket concert Sunday. Both promoters and music lovers say events like these are great for the economy.

However, City Councilman Bill Bishop says the volume levels at the concerts are excessive and people who live in neighborhoods close to Metro Park have had enough.

"Its not only the sound levels, it's the vile, vulgar language that some acts do," said Bishop. "You can sit in your living room and clearly hear it."

"We need a reasonable, fair standard for everyone -- a standard that will allow great events like this to go on while protecting the citizens, all citizens in all neighborhoods surrounding Downtown," said promoter Mike Yokan.

IMAGES: Big Ticket Music Festival

"That's really dumb, because it's not like this is a free concert. We had to pay to get in, so it's helping the economy," said concert goer Jamie Iovino.

City Council is voting on a proposed noise ordinance Tuesday. They'll discuss different options at City Hall at 9 a.m. Monday. It is open to the public


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