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Genoans complain about concerts

Scott Murphy, Tribune News Service

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office memo made public this week contradicts continuing reports of drunken revelers and traffic problems after concerts in Genoa.

Ten Genoans signed a letter last week to Town Manager Paul Williams requesting time to speak at Tuesday night’s Genoa Town Board.

About a dozen people spoke at the hearing, complaining to board members about traffic and noise associated with the Sierra Starlight Concert Series at Mormon Station State Park.



Concert organizers at the meeting told the residents they would take extra precaution regarding the noise at the park. Town board members agreed that a compromise was necessary.

An internal sheriff’s office memo written about the Delbert McClinton concert on Aug. 3 by Sgt. Stan Lamb disputed several reports.



“We received complaints about the noise, speeding vehicles and drivers” immediately following the concert, Lamb wrote. “(Two deputies) went to the area, patrolled it and saw nothing of the sort.”

Lamb, who patrolled Genoa before and during the concert, said a crowd inside the Genoa Bar after McClinton’s show ended at 10 p.m. was “very friendly, very cordial and no one was loud or obviously intoxicated.”

Inside the concert, “there was not one incident that even remotely required that a deputy become involved,” Lamb wrote.

Monday, County Manager Dan Holler’s office released Lamb’s letter, which was given to county commissioners.

In the memo, Lamb said the concert was a classy operation.

Kathy Dellarusso, one of the 10 residents who signed the letter, said she doesn’t like the concerts.

About six portable toilets are left inside Mormon Station State Park, she said, which detracts from the park’s historic atmosphere.

Dellarusso, who lives on Kinsey Way in Genoa, also fears for Genoa’s deer.

“I don’t like the noise and all these cars,” she said. “It’s a traffic issue, (the cars could) kill the deer.”

She said following the Delbert McClinton concert on Aug. 3, there was speeding on Genoa Lane.

“This is a deer area, this is a quiet area,” she said. “We don’t need this.”

However, she said the second concert, held last Saturday wasn’t as bad.

Upstage Theater and Sierra Starlight Concert Series promoter John Procaccini said Saturday’s concert featuring Al Stewart ended on time and did not violate any part of the promoter’s contract with county commissioners.

Procaccini also defended the concerts and said it’s a boon to local businesses and hotels and benefits local charities.

“We’re not a bunch of rebels comin’ through trying to promote rock concerts at the residents’ expense,” Procaccini said.

All three promoters — himself, John Pappenfort and Doug Reynolds — are longtime area residents, he said.

“We’re not in this for the quick hit,” Procaccini said. “We’re in it for the long term. We want to bring great music to the Carson Valley and that’s it.”

Procaccini said no Genoa residents complained during the four presentations he gave while seeking permits for the concerts in Genoa or at the county and state level.

Procaccini said there was a smaller crowd Saturday.

Fewer ticket sales were blamed on a combination of the Hot August Nights festival in Reno, along with the cancellation by last Saturday’s planned headliner David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

The McClinton show sold 806 tickets, while 556 people paid to see Stewart and several other performers.

Thomas announced the cancellation of his Genoa concert along with three other West Coast dates on Aug. 2, Procaccini said.

“It’s been a tough week,” he said.

Procaccini said sales for this week’s concert, featuring ex-Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald, are going well and he expects lots of walk-up sales.


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