The Tuscaloosa City Council is expected to vote next week to extend its 2013 contract with Red Mountain Entertainment one last time, allowing the firm to serve as the booking agent of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater through September 2018.
Associate City Attorney Grant Wilson on Tuesday told the city’s public project committee that this is the last time the original three-year agreement can legally be extended. He said that when the pact expires next year, the city will issue a competitive request for proposal and consider whether to hire a new amphitheater consultant or to ink a fresh deal with Red Mountain.
Several committee members praised the company for what Councilman Kip Tyner called “by far their best season ever” and said they were in favor of extending the contract one more time.
It was a sharp contrast to the council’s debate over a contract extension last September, when elected officials criticized Red Mountain for booking what they called small-scale, fiscally safe shows instead of trying to land a bigger act or taking a risk on concerts that appeal to minority communities.
Gary Weinberger, the president of Red Mountain Entertainment, thanked the committee for its support on Tuesday and said their success this concert season was the direct result of meeting with the City Council in September to discuss those concerns.
“Last year, coming and meeting with you was a great, positive wake-up call for us,” Weinburger said. “The mayor met with you guys and you created some broader parameters on what you were willing to do to go out and get…
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