The city of Branson has remained firm in its decision not to let rap star Nelly perform in the parking lot of the Grand Palace in late August. At last night's aldermen meeting, an appeal was turned down. This appeal included support by area businesses for the concert and included steps by the group hosting the concert to ensure the safety of the crowd attending the show. The only way that the show will be allowed to go on in that location is for the concert to be held indoors. The event organizers say that is impossible due to deteoriation and vandalism.
So, what is the motivation behind not allowing the concert to happen? Is it truly a concern for crowd control and issues with noise levels for the businesses and condos nearby or is it something more? Could it be possible that the city is opposed to having a high profile rap artist in the community because they feel it might damage their image? Does the city believe that the costs outweigh the enormous benefits that would be gained by the people who would flock to the city for the concert?
I am not close enough to the situation to know what the intentions of the Branson Aldermen are, but I do know that this issue is far from resolved. Before this is over, Music City U.S.A. is going to have to answer the tough questions. I hope they are ready for it.