Symphony promises it will book cool bands if it gets prime Banks spot for concert venue

May 7, 2018 By Chris Wetterich
Cincinnati Business Courier

Hamilton County commissioners examined the proposed deal to award land at the Banks for a concert venue to Music and Event Management Inc., the concert-venue arm of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, whose CEO pledged Monday to book up-and-coming bands at the new venue if it gets the deal.

Commissioners and Cincinnati City Council would have to approve any deal to build an entertainment venue at the mixed-use riverfront project, with a commission vote potentially coming first. Mayor John Cranley favors awarding the bid to Columbus-based PromoWest Productions, not MEMI. PromoWest has proposed a $15.3 million venue with 2,500 indoor seats and capacity for 5,000 outdoors.

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