Darius Rucker country music concert booted from Roseville

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013 - 11:59 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013 - 1:45 pm

A major country music concert sponsored by a Sacramento radio station has been forced to move from Placer County to Sacramento after officials from Roseville filed an injunction citing safety concerns.

The event, headlined by Darius Rucker, had been set for Aug. 17 at the Placer County Fairgrounds. In the face of objections raised by the city, event sponsor KNCI New Country 105.1 FM moved the event to Cal Expo.

While the Placer fairgrounds are county property, the surrounding neighborhoods are within the city of Roseville. The city and the county have been at odds over noise from the fairground's racetrack.

John Javidan, CEO of the Placer County Fair and Event Center, said he had worked to alleviate the city's concerns. He said losing the event will cost the fair $22,000 in direct revenue and the local merchants will also lose out.

"Why would the city not step up and help us with the benefit it would bring to the city and merchants?" Javidan asked.

Solo artist Rucker first gained fame as the front man for rock group Hootie & the Blowfish. The local concert also will feature Craig Morgan, Craig Campbell and Jon Pardi.

Call The Bee's Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @NewsFletch.

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