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Zac Brown Band concert a success

112th Precinct, area official say no crimes or complaints were lodged

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

In April, dozens of Forest Hills Gardens residents expressed their worries over the summer concert series at the revamped Forest Hills Stadium.

Last Saturday, the Zac Brown Band, a Grammy Award-winning country rock group, played the first of the venue’s four concerts of the summer.

According to the 112th Precinct, an area official and the head of the venue, those worries were unfounded.

Over 10,000 people crammed into the former US Open venue on Saturday night to watch the Zac Brown Band tear through a 25-song set, and despite the throngs of people descending on Forest Hills, 112th Precinct Captain Thomas Conforti tweeted the day after the show that no incidents were reported.

“Saturday, there were 14 incidents reported in the 112th Precinct, including one grand larceny. No incidents were reported related to the concert,” Conforti wrote on the social media site. “Special thanks to all 112th Precinct residents and all Zac Brown Band fans for having a great event last night.”

West Side Tennis Club President Roland Meier attended the concert and also said he hasn’t heard any complaints from residents who live around the stadium.

“I have had no feedback from residents,” Meier said. “As far as the West Side Tennis Club is concerned the event was well organized, the Zac Brown show was terrific and the membership is very happy. In other words, the perfect day.”

Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio said in an email that he was scheduled to attend a meeting to discuss the concert on Wednesday, but he had not heard of any incidents as a result of the Zac Brown Band show.

“As it stands now, there were no major issues reported here,” Gulluscio said.

The lack of disruptive activity from concert attendees this year stands in stark contrast to what some residents said occurred at the Mumford & Sons sold-out concert last August.

At April’s meeting hosted by Meier and the concert series’ promoters, dozens of residents told stories of fans of the popular folk rock band urinating on their lawns and smoking marijuana in close proximity to their homes, making for a disruptive night.

Since last fall, the stadium has been under renovation. A new, permanent stage was installed, as were new seats and handrails.

There are three more concerts planned for the summer, with the first being a show by indie rock bands Modest Mouse and Brand New on Aug. 9.

Global rap superstars and Grammy Award-winners Drake and Lil Wayne will grace the stage less than two weeks later on Aug. 19.

The series will end with a show by popular alternative rock group The Replacements on Sept. 19.

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1 comment:

  • ForestHills4Life posted at 4:39 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    ForestHills4Life Posts: 1

    Did the 112th do a good job ABSOLUTELY yes. However, they did a great job OUTSIDE the venue. My hat goes off to how organized the police force and pressence was outside the facility. They communicated perfectly and cordially. Makes me proud to know my local force is so good.

    However, if the WTC president and membership think that there were no problems INSIDE the facility, they must have their heads in the sand. No event staff or security in the upper bowl lead to a drunken fight in section 2 the likes I haven't even seen at Yankee Stadium. Three drunken 20somethings absolutely destroyed a 30ish young man. These guys knocked down young women and even a child during this melee. When onlookers called down to the ushers (volunteer teenagers), they didn't know what to do. The lone staff member (with a blue staff shirt) came up to the scene, he was shoved aside by the fighters, and he left the scene. The fighters had done their damage and walked victoriously down the steps and were not stopped by anyone. The carnage they left behind was sad and disgusting. The fact that there was no one on the scene to do ANYTHING, is just pathetic.

    How could this have been avoided? Simple.
    1. There should be an event staff member stationed at the top and bottom of each section (there are only 10 or 12 sections for crying out loud).
    2. No one should be allowed to stand in the aisles (no one was until the last 150 minutes of the ZBB show, which is when the fight happened).
    3. Beer sales need to be cut off earlier in the night.

    As I've told friends, the show was 1:55 minutes of everything great that Forest Hills and Country music has to offer, and 5 minutes of mass hysteria caused by drunken idiots who don't represent the spirit of country or Forest Hills.

    The fact that this is going to be swept under the rug is sad.

    My only warning to WTC membership. The crowds for your next few shows are going to be far less family friendly than the ZBB crowd. The 112th will surely do a fantastic job outside and around the venue, but the event staff inside needs to up its game.