Less Than Ten Sound Complaints Filed Since AMP Grand Opening

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Folk legend Willie Nelson, and country star Alison Krauss, performed at the Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) Monday night.

The event was possibly the biggest show yet for the venue.

With big names coming to the AMP, 5NEWS asked several if sound levels are an issue for the community coming from the amp.

"The loud music, all the people around you, the energy, that's what makes the concert right there," said Carter Huffmaster, who was attending the concert.

The AMP is Rogers' newly added home for music icons and loud music.

"The outdoor venues are a good thing for the community," said Aubrey Bate, a concert attendee.

The AMP is a completely outdoor event venue, which houses plenty of loud speakers.

The wide variety of speakers, and the positioning of the sound equipment, made 5NEWS wonder, ‘are the speakers too loud for the community?’

"We hear very little," said Bill Adams, a local property owner.

Adams owns one of the closest properties to the venue. t impact his daily routine.

"The AMP is really nice, I think. And, I think it's good for our community," Adams said.

Adams tells 5NEWS he rarely hears any sound from the AMP, and when he does, he isn’t phased by it.

That open-minded mentality to the venue from local property owners makes many of those who attend concerts at the AMP happy.

"It just wouldn't be the same [without loud music]," Huffmaster said.

Those attending concerts say loud music is a must have for the concert environment.

"You feel it,” Bate said. “You dance, you feel it. It’s more of an experience than just listening to [music] in your car."

"You can be loud yourself, because the loud music will drain it out,” Huffmaster said. “You can sing along with the music, and you don't have to worry about anyone hearing you."

For local residents with backgrounds in busness, like Adams, loud music ultimately means more money for the Rogers community.

"The AMP theater is good for the economy of Rogers,” Adams said. "It’s good for sales tax, it's good for a lot of things."

Some have complained that the traffic can get congested in the area during concerts.

But, others say it’s good to know that the traffic is bringing business to the area.

According to the Rogers Police Department, the AMP has only received less than 10 calls for disturbances related to the facility’s sound levels.

The AMP has been open for one month.

The City of Rogers changed its noise ordinance just before the AMP opened up, exempting it from parts of the noise code.

1 Comment

  • objectivefodder

    Was there and had a great time tonight listening to Alison and Willie. The acoustics were phenomenal. The sound array was well placed and the audio was fairly distinct, equally distributed and functioned well. The numerous lawn amps on outdoor poles provided sound balance with strategically placed lawn amps emitting outstanding sound for the folks outside the canopy. I have to admit, the crowd was less than stellar, but having been in the business and accustomed to other outdoor amphitheaters luring livelier crowds more acclimated to the outdoor experience, I’m led to believe that Northwest Arkansas citizenry has yet to really be initiated. It’ll take a while. People are clearly uptight and haven’t mellowed out quite yet. Give it another year with some great acts, and the concert goers will loosen up and fire right up with spirit. Willie doesn’t exactly attract an overly excited lively crowd, but I’ve seen Willie at festivals and the crowds are rowdy and well refined with dancing and cheering. Tonight’s crowd was less than enthusiastic, but nevertheless appreciative. Folks were happy to see an old legend. There were several folks from Northeastern Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri, as would be expected and many made up from the Valley and from north central Arkansas. Parking was nice and access to the facility was fast. Personnel were friendly and concessions were reasonable. Nice venue, albeit too close to the freeway.

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