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August 20, 2014, 9:34 am
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Record Numbers For SOHO, Future In Question


Eirc Welch, SOHO organizer, joined The Kramer Show Monday. Listen to the interview with the player above or download the mp3 here.

The Future of a popular downtown music festival is in question because of a sound curfew proposed by Springfield’s mayor.

 

The SOHO Music Festival concluded their eighth annual two-day event Saturday with what organizers called a record breaking turnout. The music was scheduled to go to midnight both Friday and Saturday night.

 

Mayor Mike Houston had originally said he would impose a 9:30pm curfew for amplified music outdoors in downtown Springfield, but after public outcry he made an exception for this year’s SOHO.

 

The mayor said that all future events would have to cut off the sound at 10:30pm. As for the future of SOHO, organizer Eric Welch says that he’s still coming down from organizing a huge event from the weekend but the dialog must continue. 

 

Welch says it’s not just Springfield residents that attend the annual event and are concerned about what’s happening in the city, he also knows people who came in from out of town.

 

Welch addressed the City Council several weeks ago but says he has not had a one-on-one conversation with the mayor.

 

Welch says he estimates the total numbers from the festival at around 6,000 people. All the proceeds from the event go to the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery.

 

Welch appeared on 970 WMAY’s The Kramer Show.

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