Speak Out: Disappointed in Anniston over Rumble on Noble
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Jul 22, 2013 | 3097 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I recently attended a meeting for local musicians hosted by Dianna Michaels from the Spirit of Anniston. Also in attendance were Mayor Vaughn Stewart, members of the City Council, downtown area business owners and others interested in making Anniston known for being a fun place to visit. I felt like this was a positive step taken for the good of Anniston and our local musicians.

We now have a 9-year-old event with live music that draws people from outside our boundaries and our city fathers are trying to fix what isn’t broken. I am disappointed that the city would consider changing anything about Rumble on Noble other than working to make it a larger event. By surviving this long, it has become a destination for motorcyclists from all over. Moving it to Zinn Park would send a message that Anniston does not support Rumble and would like to hide this event on a back street.

That Anniston would make this change one month before the scheduled date would make other event promoters question doing business here. If you look at attendance numbers and add up the figures, the organizers must look at it as a labor of love because the amount taken in ticket sales can’t possibly cover the amount paid for performers, staging, sound and lights, security, advertising and the myriad other expenses surrounding an event of this type.

My biggest issue is that the musicians at the meeting were asked if they would show a sense of community by performing for little or no money with the hope of building interest in live music in Anniston. What we have now are some local businesses and a city government who are only willing to show the same community spirit if they agree with the event or accept the people who are attending. They are asking the musicians to work for nothing but are not willing to change their business for one day to help an existing event be a success?

Kevin Freeman

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