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Genoa concert draws protest

Scott Murphy, Tribune News Service

Some residents of Nevada’s oldest town didn’t like the area’s newest wrinkle Saturday night.

A meeting is scheduled today in Genoa to hear complaints from a handful of residents after the first of eight concerts was held Saturday night in Mormon Station State Park featuring rhythm and blues singer Delbert McClinton.

McClinton headlined a three-band concert Saturday. The show ended a few minutes after 10 p.m.



Genoa Town Manager Paul Williams said several Centennial Drive residents were angry about the direction of concert speakers.

Williams said the show ended about 30 minutes after an agreed-upon 9:30 p.m. deadline because of a fan-requested encore.



Other complaints came from residents in a nearby subdivision, he said.

“We need to work out the bugs,” Williams said.

Williams hopes impacts of the concert series are reduced in time for this Saturday’s concert, which starts at 3 p.m.

A meeting is scheduled to hear complaints today at 8 a.m. in the Genoa firehouse.

John Procaccini of the Upstage Theater management group that hosts the Sierra Starlight shows, said Tuesday he would attend the meeting.

Procaccini said he was only aware of two complaints, and was unsure of their nature.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher said the concert wasn’t a big problem. “I think the aftermath was the problem,” Modispacher said.

Modispacher said there was only one 911 call, but that might not reflect the town’s displeasure because a handful of deputies were on hand during and after the concert.

Modispacher said speeding drivers bothered some residents. Genoa has a 25 mph speed limit.

County Manager Dan Holler said permission was given for the concert series by county commissioners during a routine festival permitting request.

Any decision to revoke the permits would have to be made by county commissioners.

County commissioners Don Miner and Steve Weissinger were planning to attend today’s meeting, Holler said.

Ambrosia, Gary Wright and Al Stewart headline Saturday’s concert in the Sierra Starlight Amphitheater.


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