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June 6, 2013

Shakedown Street is coming to village

Officials look to find right balance for concert

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Likewise, although beer will be sold at the concert – a deal breaker in the contract with promoter Magic City Promotions, according to Katz – open containers and public drunkenness will not be tolerated outside the venue.

Still, Katz told Covert that he wants the police to be careful to find the right balance between protecting the village and allowing the concert-goers to enjoy the experience.

“What I am wary of, is we don’t want to give the impression of an overbearing police presence,” he said.

Despite the concerns about the band’s fans, village officials were clearly aware that the visitors not be typical young concert-goers. The Grateful Dead’s heyday was the 1970s and the Further fans will skew older. Village trustee Bruce Maxson is a big fan; Covert himself admits to going to Dead and Further concerts, including one recently.

“At Bethel Woods, they had 470 arrests,” Covert said. “The biggest problem was trespassing because they were sleeping everywhere. That’s why we need to focus where they go.”

Fans will also be allowed to park overnight and camp at the Gateway Parking Lot. The trolleys, which will be running all weekend, will also be running the night of the show to decrease traffic congestion.

While figures on ticket sales were not available, Katz said he expects more than 8,000 to be sold.

Covert said that he has already reached out to the state police and Oneonta police department to have extra officers available for traffic control. 

“It is no different than induction weekend in that respect,” he said. “They will be there to give directions and help out. It can actually be a very positive thing to give our visitors a good impression of the village.”

In addition, a local judge will be on duty to process any trouble makers.

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