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My House holds concert in downtown Columbia despite objection

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

MyHouse is hosting an outdoor concert in downtown Columbia on Friday despite a complaint the State Historical Society of Missouri lodged with the city government.

Electronic musician Steve Aoki is headlining the show, which began at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 10 p.m.

The event has closed down multiple streets downtown, including Sixth Street to Cherry Street and Locust Street to South Seventh Street.

This is the third in a series of outdoor street concerts by Columbia bar MyHouse and Rader Hospitality Co. Dan Rader owns both companies.

Gary Kremer with the State Historical Society of Missouri voiced his concerns over the concert during Tuesday's city council meeting. Kremer was frustrated with how an Aug/ 20 concert featuring Zeds Dead was handled.

Kremer said the agreement was not met when Rader's employees put barricades in front of a parking garage's entrance before the historical society's employees could leave, forcing them to move the barricades themselves. "There were no representatives of Rader Hospitality present to assist," Kremer said.

Kremer said that when employees returned to work the next morning they found the barricades still blocking the entrance, causing "us to close the building for the day, and announce to the public that the center would not be open for its normal hours of operation."

Kremer also had issues with two dozen porta-potties that were placed at the north end of the historical society's parking lot, forcing employees and patrons to have to deal with the "sight and stench of the porta-potties as they entered and left the building." Kremer said employees also caught people urinating on the building when they went back and checked security cameras.

Tom Jensen, Rader's lawyer, sent a letter to the city on behalf of Rader Hospitality Company. In the letter, Jensen said, "though we'd like to be able to say we are surprised to learn that RHC (Rader Hospitality Company )is the target of anything related to SHS (State Historical Society), this game is by now old hot and, unfortunately, expected."

Rader said he modified the layout of the concert to accommodate for his neighbors," our original footprints for the events included the street in front of their building." said Rader. "They (SHS) had some issues with access to their parking lot so we voluntarily modified this event's layout to keep the street entirely open, so there parking lot had free and clear access."

Radar said MyHouse moved the concert sound check to a later time to help combat the noise complaints, and plan to power-wash the area following the concert.

Council Woman, Pat Fowler, said the council had already received noise complaints regarding the concert prior to the event opening it's doors.

According to the agreement between Rader and the City of Columbia, organizers are allowed to operate the event from 6 p.m. to midnight. All tents, porta-potties, and other temporary structures must be cleaned up and completed by noon Saturday.

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