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Concerts in Dalzell?

DALZELL — The small village of Dalzell may be the future home of Concerts For A Cause, if Mary Noonan, the village and residents can reach an agreement.

“I am asking if we can throw a few concerts here,” Noonan said during the Dalzell Village Board meeting on Wednesday. Noonan is the local organizer of Concerts For A Cause.

Noonan purchased the property on the south side of the Timber Creek Estates Subdivision. Since the economic climate isn’t favorable for building houses, Noonan wants to build a stage for the two annual Concerts For A Cause events.

Noonan spoke to the board to help dispel rumors about the property and what it was going to be used for. According to Noonan, the property is a “great place” to have the concerts, and she would make sure everything is done professionally and orderly.

“We do Concerts For A Cause with a lot of integrity,” Noonan said.

The stage area would be fenced in, and there would be security personnel to keep everything civil and prevent people from leaving the concert area. The stage would also be facing St. Bede Academy and not the subdivision, so the noise would be much less.

She said the concerts would bring much needed exposure to the village, and she would allow 50 cents of each ticket purchased to go to the village.

“We’ll be able to put your village on the map,” Noonan said.

Residents are primarily worried about the value of their homes if the concert area is constructed, as well as traffic issues during the concerts.

Noonan refused to comment further on the matter after the meeting. She wanted to wait until the May 9 board meeting when she will officially be on the agenda. Neither Noonan nor Dalzell Village President Gloria Orlandi knew the acreage of the property off hand.

Concerts For A Cause benefits local schools by providing money for various needed academic projects through concert ticket sales.

Organizers have used several venues in the past for the concerts, including Illinois Valley Regional Airport. Acts have included Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Big Time Rush.

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