Jammin' concerts canned in center cit...

Jammin' concerts canned in center city Allentown

There are 26 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 7, 2009, titled Jammin' concerts canned in center city Allentown. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Jammin' on the Plaza, the free concert series held at PPL Plaza in Allentown, has been canceled for the remainder of the summer over a lack of funds, an organizer said Thursday.

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Free entertainment

Macungie, PA

#1 Aug 7, 2009
I would wager that there are plenty of small bands that would be glad to play for free. Just put an ad in Craigslist and you will be overwhelmed with responses. Maybe do a mini 'American Idol' type thing where there is a competition for slots to play downtown.
SHAME ON THE CITY-AGAIN

Easton, PA

#2 Aug 7, 2009
It's awful that the city wanted no part in this. Cities all across the US throw free concerts in their town squares to attract business and onlookers, sometimes even in the middle of the day. Just another of the mounting reasons whi I chose to leave the city for the burbs. Here's an idea- spend a very small portion of the $1.8 million alotted for the stupid playground on pumping up your downtown area. Would $100-200K help this event? Surely it wouldn't hurt.
momentum swings both ways

Allentown, PA

#3 Aug 7, 2009
and every failure, such as this, every effort that runs out of money, such as all the closed businesses, also creates momentum. While Butz applies for mega bucks from the public to put in his destination restaurant in his tax exempt, but still quite empty, emporium
Achmed the dead terrorist

Slatington, PA

#4 Aug 7, 2009
GOOD

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#5 Aug 7, 2009
The problem this summer has been RAIN and the time of these shows. The early evening (4-7 PM) is NOT good. What happened to the lunchtime shows? I used to take my kids to those, and they really enjoyed seeing their old preschool (Montessori) and running around the plaza. Of course, downtown has trouble getting folks ANY time of day, but it's a nice spot there for a concert.
doooshbags

Allentown, PA

#6 Aug 7, 2009
I only have one thing to say "I TOLD YOU SO YOU BUNCH OF PATHETIC LOSERS"!!!!!
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doooshbags

Allentown, PA

#7 Aug 7, 2009
The organizers thought that the people from PP&L would leave work and hang out there. Would you leave your job then sit out front and listen to halfwits with horible voices and no talent attempt to play music? Not to mention pay $5 for a crappy beer from Palowskibeerworks????I dont think so!!!!

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#8 Aug 7, 2009
doooshbags wrote:
The organizers thought that the people from PP&L would leave work and hang out there. Would you leave your job then sit out front and listen to halfwits with horible voices and no talent attempt to play music? Not to mention pay $5 for a crappy beer from Palowskibeerworks????I dont think so!!!!
No, not if it's raining. But this type of thing normally occurs in cities all across the world. And $5 for beer...wake up man, that's not too bad. The Spectrum in Philly charges $9 for BUD LITE now. Five bucks for a gourmet beer is a bargain.
Sam

Emmaus, PA

#9 Aug 7, 2009
I think this happened because the sponsors decided to cut back on their giving, overall.
just a thought

United States

#10 Aug 7, 2009
MonkeyMomma wrote:
The problem this summer has been RAIN and the time of these shows. The early evening (4-7 PM) is NOT good. What happened to the lunchtime shows? I used to take my kids to those, and they really enjoyed seeing their old preschool (Montessori) and running around the plaza. Of course, downtown has trouble getting folks ANY time of day, but it's a nice spot there for a concert.
That lunchtime series is still occurring on Tuesdays (11 am - 1 pm) in PPL Plaza. It runs May through September and is sponsored by the greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. It's a great line-up this year.

I think there is also live music during the farmer's market on Wednesdays.
J BLACK

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Aug 7, 2009
There are plenty of talented bands and groups that would perform at the Plaza and there are vendors/sponsors that would assist in paying the City fees to do events such as this. Unfortunately, since the mindset of many people is kinda backwards when it comes to funding, events, such as this one, are cancelled due to lack of money/interest.
Self-sufficiency is the answer to do these NEEDED events in Allentown. Stop depending on the City, possible funding and grants, big name corporate sponsors, etc and just do as we did with UPWARD BOUND, ALLENTOWN II that attracted over 500 people between 6th and 7th Streets on Hamilton Street, 3 weeks ago, and had over 20 artists/groups that came from as far away as NYC and Lancaster, PA and represented a multiple array of music and talent: classical string, merengue, rap, bachata, R & B, salsa, middle eastern belly dance, gospel, and more! We are the most Official "Unofficial" Annual Event in A-town and we still had a crowd WITHOUT commercials, press conferences, etc. Go to www.lehighvalleyflavor.piczo.com for highlight pictures.
You CAN have events FOR the community that are supported BY the community. You may not get $10,000.00 from BUTZ CONSTRUCTION but $50.00 from the neighborhood corner store that has been in operation for 5 years and $100.00 from the hardware store that has operated for 8 years and countless other small businesses that are the TRUE life blood of A-town do ADD-UP! And believe me, THEY WANT POSITIVE EVENTS LIKE THIS. It may take longer and and need a little more work, but it can be done, ask Alfonso Todd, Ben Nicholson, and Christina Smith of BLURB Media/Promotion.
One last thing, please remember this is an URBAN area. Rock and alternative bands are nice (I happen to like The Ataris, Bjork, and Silverchair), but the demographic in Center City A-town doesn't match this musical genre. Also, please stop trying to cater to PPL employees. It's been proven time and time again that they may stop and come out and eat lunch on the Plaza but for evening and weekend functions, it's a high risk or a no-go.
Yes, A-town has been anti-urban "anything" for years but if Alfonso can continue to do events that cater to the URBAN masses that DO spend money and dwell in Center City "without any incidents" i.e. fights, arrests, etc and they are family-oriented as well as entertaining, and educational, why can't other WELL FUNDED entities/businesses do the same to enhance the City ?

I'm just sayin',

J.BLACK

www.5minutes2shine.blogspot.com
www.lehighvalleyflavor.piczo.com
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Korea

#12 Aug 7, 2009
I'm not promoter, but

1. Do you really want to schedule a band on Thursday night during Musikfest?

2. You would be better to have a weekly concert series at Union Terrace on a Friday night and run a Lehigh Valley Idol contest each week. 5:30pm to 8:30pm for July and August.$1000 first place,$500 2nd place,$250 3rd place.

3. Acts play free for the visibility and chance to win money.

4. Pay for it all, contract with food vendors to sell at Union Terrace amphitheater.

5. Better to create activity in Allentown, but start with what is good and work your way in.

Since 1972, I have been going downtown Allentown. In 1976, I slowed down and I was 9. There hasn't been much to draw people there since and that was 33 years ago.

The only thing that can work is more office building and jobs and that is not coming anytime soon. Part of PPL Plaza is empty and part of Butz Center is empty.

Allentown needs another 10,000 jobs downtown until you see a reversal to the conditions it is in. Lipstick on a pig will not change the outcome that it is still a pig.

Change the economics of why businesses leaves and then business will choose to be in Allentown.
ImTiredOf_It

Brodheadsville, PA

#13 Aug 7, 2009
NO BIG LOSS!
WTF

Allentown, PA

#14 Aug 7, 2009
Who would even go down there to see a band you might get robbed or shot getting to and from the free concert.....downtown is horrible and will never return to its glory when the 5 and dime , hess's and all the other stores where there.
disgusted

Blairstown, NJ

#15 Aug 7, 2009
I don't care WHAT funtion they have downtown or What time of the day it is..I would not go.If a person doesn't get robbed,shot or stabbed while coming to, or going from their car... the vehicle will have more than likely been either broken into or vandalized. The city will NEVER make a viable destination to visit until they clean out the crap that lives in the area!
Ratz Sass

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Aug 7, 2009
Yeah, let's all flock to downtown Lehighton. Now there's a swinging place with all kinds of cultural highlights!

I have been in and around the downtown 7 days a week with no trouble.

Talk about lipstick on a pig---you can't disguise racism and anti-Hispanic hate with puffed-up fear mongering about the core city.
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Korea

#17 Aug 8, 2009
1. I am no racist.
2. I am no fear mongerer.
3. I am not anti-hispanic.
4. I embrace the arts.

However, I am a realist to why Allentown Symphony Hall, the Community Music Program, Allentown Art Museum, Liberty Bell Shrine and these types of events are struggling and in some cases failing.

For me, it is an issue of individuals actually committing crimes and it is a lack of a large enough population that works downtown.

I believe US Census count had CBD employment around 12,000 for Allentown. The draw for any even may be 1% on any given night. So max, you may have 120 people.

You want these cultural institutions and programming to thrive, you need more employment downtown, which Pawlowski has not delivered in 7 years as Economic Development Director and Mayor, he has been too busy with his HUD progamming and his specialty low-income housing.

Allentown needs 32,000 jobs downtown and then you will have a thriving CBD. Until then, this 3rd largest city which is CBD for a greater region of 1.5 million people will stay a sleepy, dirty, crime infested small town.

Allentown could be a vibrant city, but it sure is heck will not happen under Pawlousy's watch. It takes jobs and this guy doesn't understand finance and economics. His budgets clearly show that.

So, no racism here. I date women of all flavors and sizes, but all good looking. I have had real African girlfriends from Botswona, Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Morroco. I have had girlfriends from Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Paraguay, Uruguay. I have had Central American and Caribeean girlfriends from Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad, Jamaica, Turks & Caiccos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, St. Kitt's.

I date all kind of women in Asia. Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Kazahk, Kygyz, Thailand, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Singapore, Russian.

As well as Anglo-Saxon, European women.

This is an issue of actual individuals creating real crime that disourages people from the engaing in risky behavior. The logic is why take a chance? Just work and go home.

I wish this wasn't the case, but it always has been since I can remember in Allentown. Hence, it is why I don't dream of such a city, but why my professional life has been in major cities around the world that can actually deliver it.

disgusted

Blairstown, NJ

#18 Aug 8, 2009
Ratz Sass wrote:
Yeah, let's all flock to downtown Lehighton. Now there's a swinging place with all kinds of cultural highlights!
I have been in and around the downtown 7 days a week with no trouble.
Talk about lipstick on a pig---you can't disguise racism and anti-Hispanic hate with puffed-up fear mongering about the core city.
Then again Lehighton isnt the town in question Ratz.Racist??If hating those who rob others because they find it easier than working themselves(and dont think twice about killing or seriously injuring their victim to get what they want)is racist..then HELL YEAH call me racist!One can't ignore the names plastered constantly of the people who are commiting the crimes.I am not racist RE: ethnic back ground of people!In my post,I didn't even mention any particular race!!
Ratz Sass

Bethlehem, PA

#19 Aug 8, 2009
Wow, can you load any more tar on that brush, Mr Disgusted? If its crime and criminals you want to hate, you don't have to look far from your own main street in the boonies. Seems to be more than enough rapists, robbers and murderers up that way to satisfy your emotions.

And, BTW, did anyone ask for Comment's dating history, Only the Huns had more conquests, it would seem. LOL
disgusted

Blairstown, NJ

#20 Aug 8, 2009
Ratz Sass wrote:
Wow, can you load any more tar on that brush, Mr Disgusted? If its crime and criminals you want to hate, you don't have to look far from your own main street in the boonies. Seems to be more than enough rapists, robbers and murderers up that way to satisfy your emotions.
And, BTW, did anyone ask for Comment's dating history, Only the Huns had more conquests, it would seem. LOL
That would be Ms.Disgusted who doesnt live in Lehighton but Jim Thorpe.Why it shows Lehighton by the "call"I'm not sure.Having said that,I will defend Lehighton when compared to Allentown! It's not even close to being the crime infested city there!It's apparent you lose focus easily and can't stick to the "Jammin concerts"forum..and would prefer to aim your venom elsewhere to take the heat off Allentown.Like I said before..when they get rid of the scum (criminals)the heat will go away

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