Sound check from Metro at outdoor amphitheater

Ascend Amphitheater
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – While some have given Metro government an earful about concert sound at the new Ascend Amphitheater, others who live nearby say it’s just part of the deal living downtown.

This week, both the Metro Parks Department and concert operator Live Nation has released statements about concert sound complaints.

Some were aired Wednesday during the Metro Parks Board meeting, others came in the last few days as reporters canvassed the condos and apartment who are within shouting distance of the outdoor amphitheater.

“There are a few [concerts] that are louder than others, I think Earth, Wind and Fire was about the worst,” said Joel Graves who lives about a block away at the Market Street Apartments. “When they are doing sound checks, my windows rattle a lot, you can feel the vibration in the walls.”

Another voice comes from those who like to sit on their nearby balconies and take in the concerts for free.

“I hear some vibrations but it just does not bother me,” said Corey Linton, another Market Street resident. “I knew this was happening and didn’t have a problem with it. I knew that it was coming before I moved.”

Other Market Street residents point to the constant construction around or street noise as more problematic, but part of the deal in living downtown.

Nevertheless, Metro Parks, which oversees Ascend Operator Live Nation, released a statement this week that said:

“Both Metro Parks and Live Nation are sensitive to the concerns that have been expressed. Live Nation is voluntarily working to reduce the number of sound checks during the course of the day and to make those checks after 4 p.m. They’ve had a fairly intense schedule for the opening season, which probably added to the complaints. However, next year there will be longer intervals between concerts, which may help to alleviate some of the concerns. We will monitor the situation over the next few weeks and make appropriate recommendations, if needed. Live Nation operates these venues across the country and is very sensitive to the needs and concerns of those who live downtown and in close proximity. Folks have to remember, we had a very open and public vetting process for this facility and it was well received. We are Music City and outdoor amphitheaters and live music are now very much a part of the new and growing cosmopolitan landscape.”

News 2 has also learned that Parks employees plan to monitor future concerts with a decibel meters.

Live Nation has also weighed in with a statement that read: “Live Nation is proactively working with Metro Parks to address the issue of noise complaints at the Ascend Amphitheater while also operating the building at industry standards and expectations.”

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