Woman Says Mankato Concerts are “Virtual Torture”

(North Mankato, MN) – A North Mankato woman wants restrictions on the type of concerts held at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater because she and other residents are “virtually tortured almost every single weekend.”

Barb Church of Wheeler Avenue addressed the North Mankato City Council this week and asked the panel to enter discussions with the city of Mankato and do something about “the noise that’s emanating from Riverfront Park.”

Church says one solution she supports would be setting guidelines on which performers could play at Vetter Stone and which could not.

She wants “Hairball-like concerts” to be held inside the Verizon Wireless Center, while other concerts could remain in Riverfront Park, “because we know that there can be acts down there that don’t cause windows to rattle.”

(Minnesota cover band Hairball plays mostly hard rock & metal.)

Church claims that during the Nelly concert at Vetter Stone last fall, the noise level reached 110 decibels at her home.

“Now in 2017, the first act that I’ve seen that is being publicized is Alice Cooper and I’m to tell you here that I think Alice Cooper is going to be very similar to Hairball and Nelly,” said Church.

“Having now looked up the lyrics…I don’t think it’s wise for our community to have to listen to foul language. I don’t think we have to listen to things about suicide.”

(Alice Cooper will play Vetter Stone on June 9)

Church says if city officials don’t do something about the concerts, she will seek out resolutions in other ways.

Video of the meeting can be found here. Church’s comments begin at 30:06.

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Hairball photo via Youtube.

Alice Cooper photo credit: ceedub13/Flickr.

Nelly photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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