Music supporters hold local forum

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Musicians, business owners and music lovers gathered tonight for a forum called, Tunes in Town. Sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, on how Wilmington could grow its music scene.

The discussion, led by John Staton from the StarNews looked at ways we could get more live music in the city and how that addition would help local businesses.

"I think one of the things that came out was that people wish we had a larger venue,” said supporter Ian Oeschter. “Based on hands clapping and raised hands, people seemed supportive of the idea that Wilmington could have a larger musical venue and if we did it would redound to all the local businesses.”

Supporters hope to get a 5,000 seat music venue.

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the convention center

Why didn't I think of that?

Have at it so long as it is not on the taxpayers' dime.

...Cover Bands will come. Can't picture Peter Gabriel playing here...unless it's his Country Music Tour.

who the hell is peter gabriel

...a co-founder and lead vocalist of the band Genesis and later had a solo career.

Build an amphitheater with private money where they wanted the baseball stadium. Amphitheaters are extremely efficient in terms of cost to build and maintain, and don't require much land to hold 5000 people. That area downtown could easily absorb parking, so the footprint a facility would require would be minimal. I worked with the original group that put together the Walnut Creek amphitheatre in Raleigh and the economics are pretty sweet. And they are pretty easy to dispose of if the land can be put to better use somewhere down the road.

Anyone want to have a go at that?