Local artists protest new St. Louis music fests

Some St. Louis musicians want the city to back away from a pair of planned summer music festivals they fear could damage more home-grown events.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports more than 900 people have signed a petition opposing a Board of Alderman bill giving Summer Rocks LLC exclusive access to the downtown Soldiers Memorial area for 20 years.

Summer Rocks is owned by the Los Angeles talent agency ICM Partners, which books the Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza music festivals. The St. Louis events would begin in 2015 and potentially rival Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza in both attendance and number of big-time performers.

Local blues musician Jeremy Segel-Moss was to present the petition to city elected leaders Wednesday.