Macklemore refuses to rainout; spirited fans, sell-out concert; STGnews Photo Gallery

Hip-hop artist Macklemore at Dixie State University photo
Hip-hop artist Macklemore entertains crowds undeterred by rain at Hansen Stadium, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, March 8, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Despite the untimely deluge of rain, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, along with DJ Marcus Wing, delivered one of the most memorable shows Dixie has ever seen. Thousands of loyal fans packed the rain-soaked field, donning furry thrift store finds and an overwhelming amount of school spirit.

Let it rain crowds still came Macklemore at DSU - photo
Hip-hop artist Macklemore entertains crowds, both undeterred by rain

Even though the weather forecast had been indicating rain the night of the concert, students remained undeterred. In what looked like a flashback to Black Friday, tents and camp chairs lined the street in front of the Hansen Stadium, students waiting to battle for position for the closest positions in the general admission area.

Macklemore, with his experiences in the music world, has seen a lot of people get caught up in drugs, and has a strong anti-drug theme in his music. Furthermore, in songs such as “Same Love,” he pushes for tolerance and a sense of humanistic unity. To many fans, this is a breath of fresh air from the normal themes of violence and drug advocacy rampant in the hip-hop music culture.

“Music is my creative outlet in terms of expressing what is important to me; what has importance, what has a value.” Macklemore said. “And I want to be respected for that.”

Utah DJ Marcus Wing at Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert - photo
Reknown Utah DJ Marcus Wing

Further breaking the hip-hop culture norms, Macklemore is a self-signed artist, as opposed to signing with one of the large record labels. This creates a lot of off-stage work for artists, but evades the division of revenue and lack of control.

“The reason why I dig Macklemore and really pushed to be on this show was because he is independent,” DJ Marcus Wing said. “He built his own brand and pushed his own thing. That’s someone I can respect. I really respect him as an artist.”

The show was an official stop in the MTV-U Woodies Tour, a series of shows featuring music that appeals to the college demographic. Macklemore will also perform at The University of North Colorado and Northern Arizona University as part of the tour.

Lewis had suffered a ruptured ear drum prior to the show, but the show still went on. The two even stayed for a meet and greet with select fans, before rushing to Las Vegas to get medical attention before their show in Arizona the next day. Independent artists tend to make more sacrifices to assure a great performance, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are no exception.

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Macklemore entertains crowds undeterred by rain at Hansen Stadium, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, March 8, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News

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  • Ruth March 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Excellent review and article. Thanks for reporting this!

  • Gina March 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    It was unfortunate that the university was so inconsiderate of the surrounding neighborhood with this concert. The language and themes of this artist in concert that night was completely inappropriate to be staged at an outside venue where it rang through the homes and surrounding neighborhoods where children could hear the vulgarity. This could have been booked at the arena and done inside where the appropriate audience could have enjoyed it just as well without exposing our youth to such extreme language. I, for one, am completely disappointed with DSU on this. It’s a great idea, but they need to be more responsible to the community when booking artist’s that have adult themes and language being presented. I’ve spoken to many people in the community who share this same viewpoint. It was great for the university to host a big name artist, but poor judgement was exercised on which venue to have this at. Shame on DSU student association for such a lack of consideration for the community that supports them. And in your article here, you down play that as well. His themes may speak of tolerance and avoid much of the violent themes of most hip hops artists, but his language and the way he presented the themes of tolerance that night were adult-like in nature and not appropriate for young children to be exposed to …and young children were exposed because you could clearly hear every word for blocks around inside or outside of your home. Because of that, the rain was a blessing!

    • DSU 2014 March 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      You are a hater. Lighten up and realize that your community is growing and diversifying. Not all events are going to be churchy and squeaky clean anymore thus only serving one demographic. Enough is enough. The alternative population deserves to have a goodtime. It’s not like it was a damn drunk, nude rave or anything!

    • Erick March 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Utah needs things like this. It’s time we get out of the stone age and actually realize there is an entire world out there. It would do you some good to open your mind and not shelter your loved ones so much.

    • Jade March 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      I understand your frustration to a point, Gina, but for your own health, people like you need to realize things like this are only on the incline. This is not just a religious retirement community any longer, it has a fast-growing university, residing in a fast-growing area unfortanetly lacking entertainment options. It does more harm to try and shelter kids than not, I have to agree with other comments on here, it’s 2013, doesn’t that speak vaguely for itself….?

    • Omari March 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Get over it, it’s not like this type of loud event happens all the time!! Boring people, lighten up smh

    • Jim March 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I agree with you Gina! A simple change in venue and this wouldn’t have been an issue.

  • Big @$$ Bob March 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Gina my dear, incase you didn’t realize, it is 2013. Young kids aren’t only exposed to “vulgarity”, but they listen to it daily from some source, whether it’s watching a citcom on NBC or their music on ipods mp3 players. Seems we, the mainstream population, have to remind the closed minded that one cannot escape the urban noise if you will. Get out of the box! Great article STGnews, I wouldn’t expect to see such coverage in rival, The Spectrum.

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Big … Bob, my dear. Thanks for the calendar update. My young kids are not exposed to what you’re describing or to anything near what Macklemore presented. Regardless, how is exposing our children to that type of language and being okay with it progressive? (I assume that’s what you meant by your 2012 comment). I have a right to expose or not expose my children to what I want and I don’t see anything wrong with that. In fact, our general population recognizes a need to have ratings to alert parents about content exposure, hence R-rated and “parental advisory” exist. However, this concert violated that right with it’s volume and content. Much of what was said could be heard INSIDE of homes, and my 5 yr. old and 3 yr. old don’t need that kind of exposure….even if it were 2025. It’s not close-minded to ask for an appropriate venue in this situation, it’s responsible.

      Ed. ellipsis

  • DSU 2014 March 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    WAY TO GO DSU WOOHOOOO!!! So amazing, the energy was insane!! Please, please PLEASE bring in more concerts. If the City refuses to cater to the young adult generation or ‘Generation Y’, then the least a city housing a university can experience is more concerts at major area venues. The crowd turnout speaks for itself 🙂

  • Annie March 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Gina I agree and I didn’t hear it but our youth are exposed to more and look at our youth! They are more reckless and less respectful. I would be upset if my children heard it, and why can’t we have a peaceful town, it can be diversified without filling it with garbage. People say the dumbest things!

    • Prince Charming March 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      So just because u don’t like this style of music/entertainment, it’s garbage, thanks for your opinion. Your narrow way of thinking is perfect example of why people despise this tough, loud, sinning town of ours. Thank god St George is further being exposed to real life. Welcome to STG, Growth and diversity, welcome home!

      • Rachel March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

        “Prince Charming” (since you are too afraid to post with your actual name), how hypocritical of you! Because someone has a different opinion from you, they are narrow minded? Please… all your little rant did was show how narrow-minded your views are.

        These people who live close to the open venues in St. George have just a much right to request that a concert that would have pulled a MPAA rating of R to be held in doors as you have the right to attend such a concert. Personally, I like Macklemore, but their profanity does get to me sometimes. I prefer the clean, edited versions.

        Unfortunately, it is citizens like you that insist that your rights hold priority over others’ rights is wrong with this generation. Grow up and learn how to think instead of just taking in what is spoon fed you by the entertainment industry and mainstream media.

        • Jus Sayin' March 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

          Gina, sweet Jesus and now, Rachel maybe you should all put your energy somewhere useful instead of contributing to the fire on here…since your both so right and all. really shows your character. Oh, btw, not many people use their actual names on these types of things. Quit being naive

    • Prince Charming March 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Btw, this town, considering its size, could not possibly be more peaceful, what are u on? Lol

      • sweet jude March 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

        It isn’t a narrow way of thinking. Your immoral, vulgar music IS garbage. Ask anyone who lives a responsible life, dimwit.

        • Prince Charming March 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

          I HATE your pop n country music…that’s GARBAGE Dimwit….see, it goes both ways. GROW UP

          • Not cultish one March 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

            Why is it that this members in this religion looks for reasons to feel victimized instead of ways they can grow the … up? It is music, and it appears that a lot of people loved it. Does it make you feel special to stand on a soapbox and pretend to be so above it? Yeah, like Jesus would do. I am sure he would complain how they used the F word, man!! “It was sooo loud and it hurt my ears. Dude, we need to stone these unchristian (pardon me, unmormon) heathens!”
            No wonder people are flocking out your doors! :-)))

            Ed. ellipsis

  • John March 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I respect the idea that students should be allowed to expand and bring their own unique culture to the area. I also know that the permanent residents should be able to feel comfortable and safe with their families in their homes. Overall I think there is a general ignorance in the student body as to the importance and impact that the community has on Dixie State and its students. On the flip side, there is also an ignorance in community members as to the importance that the university and it’s students have on the community.

    Like any good relationship, communication and collaberation should be present between the community and the university student body. A balance needs to exist in order to establish a productive base for growth and expansion, and as shown by the obviously polarized previous comments, it doesnt.

    We as students and community members have some work to do. However, from my experience with the amazing people at the university and in the community, I know it is possible.

  • Kristin March 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    The rain WAS a blessing… The concert was magical. “Whatever God you believe in, we all come from the same one” -lyrics from ‘Same Love’, Macklemore. Thank God for open-minds. I can only hope more children will be exposed to the power of believing and trusting in their inherent ideas and being tolerant of all people.

  • Nate March 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I agree Gina. I live right near Dixie State and am a big supporter of the University. We had family visiting St. George with small children and the music was SO LOUD that we could hear it clearly, as though it were at full volume on a radio in the home!

    No one is saying that you can’t have your concert, but where’s my freedom (in my OWN HOME) if i DON’T to listen to what I think is trash music?! The University could have easily had the concert in the Burns area, had the music as loud as they wanted… even gotten out of the rain. But no, they had to annoy ALL of the people surrounding the school.

    Have your concert, enjoy yourselves… just move it to a venue that is respectful of those that surround the University!

    Hey DSU 2014, one day you’ll have small children and trying to get them to sleep and you’ll appreciate how some in the community felt that night. It was RUDE and INCONSIDERATE to the neighbors of the DIxie. You’re the hater… Gina even said it was a good idea, but just find a better venue. Wake up, there’s a world outside of your world too.

    • Professor C's wife March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you GINA and NATE!! I agree with both of you. I am a mother of kids ranging from toddler to teen. I remember being a teenager and being a bit selfish. I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner, but let’s face it, at that age kids have “ME-i-tous”. One day they will grow up and have their own kids and even if they don’t, one day they will understand what we’ve been saying. It’s the reason for the saying “what goes around comes around” AKA “karma.”
      My husband and I tried to find a quieter place to go even though it meant keeping our kids up past 10p.m., which wasn’t a fair thing to expect parents to do. We could STILL hear the noise from the stadium as if our radio was blaring IN THE HOUSE. My toddler loves the radio and picks up on lyrics after just listening one or two times. I didn’t want him to hear the vulgar and profane language and innuendo used at the concert. I should be able to exercise my rights as well as those who attended the concert exercising theirs. Yes, there should be compromise but to me that looks like this; the concert being held, but to be held inside. Families, older folks, or those with limited mobility shouldn’t be forced from their homes. As long as I live here (and I love St. George and have been a resident for over 20 years now) I will do my best to make sure that there is never a concert like that (outdoors) again.
      I’m happy to have St. George grow, but like my husband said, we can do it in a grown up way.

      • Freddy March 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

        Ma’am, these “kids” at that concert, are not just teens, a big swath of them are 20 and 30 somethings!

    • Face Off March 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      No hard feelings, I get how you feel about the close, loud noise, but this is one reason why urban downtown areas, especially near major educational institutions such as Dixie, eventually get rezoned from residential to commercial. Face it, with projected growth-downtown from Bluff on the west, to River Rd. on the east-is eventually going to subside to commercial/office/industrial districts with decreasing residential neighborhoods…Hence why in the bigger cities, folks move out to the ‘burbs, to get away from the noise and entertainment districts.

  • Dimitri March 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Wow Gina and Annie, I’m only 23 and I still believe that I’m a kid. Yes I can do everything and yes I have a job but in all reality people need to notice that respect is earned not given. Kids don’t have to give respect the people who want it should earn it from their kids. Do you cuss Gina and Annie? Don’t say no ’cause then you would be lying. So if your kids can listen to you scream …YOU to your husband what’s so different about hearing it in a song? And drugs? Really c’mon

    Ed. ellipsis

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Dimitri, to answer your question, no I don’t yell at my husband. I don’t swear in front of my children…it’s called self-control. And I’ve never done drugs. Why would you assume that? What I heard coming from the concert that night was WAY beyond anything my children have or will ever hear coming from mine or my husband’s mouth ever…it’s my perogative to raise my children the way I believe with as much respect for their innocence as possible, I don’t see anything wrong in that. And I believe the community, the surrounding neighbors to the college, have earned the respect and atleast consideration of the student body of the college if that’s what you are referring to. If not, I’m not sure what your point is. Studies do show that exposure to such material effects the way people think and act, so protecting my young children for as long as I can until they develop the maturity to reason beyond what they are exposed to is responsible parenting I believe. Why criticize someone who is trying to be responsible with their children??? I don’t understand the mentality behind that.

  • Dimitri March 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Drugs are talked about all the time and not every kid is going to do drugs! Marihuana is not a gate way to others the whole ” try one you try em all ” crap is bull. I did marijauna once and I’m not doing drugs and never did it again. Aren’t kids just going to be kids? Then why force them into something you want them to be if your already leeching to your friends that ” kids are just going to be kids “? Why not let them do what you did as a kid if you think you so perfect in your hate gay and language that EVERYONE USES community huh?

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

      You assume a lot Dimitri and obviously you have major issues with living in this community, which is too bad because overall it’s not a bad place to live. There are other communities that may suit your needs better, go ahead and move to them and be happy. Best of luck to you.

  • sweet jude March 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I’m glad a few here will actually have the courage to stand for decency and I stand with them. It is also a shame that the rebellious generation y, or whatever it’s called, thinks that they are entitled to everything even when the rights of others are diminished. They preach tolerance and ambiguity yet they themselves use these values with utter carelessness. I respect those who are like gina and others who dare to take a stand and won’t back down. And by the way, religion haters, religion AND family is what the foundation of this country rests upon, not your excuses for your “freedom ” to do as you wish without regard to rules. Go home now and have a long talk with your parents if they have some decency to acknowledge that there is such thing as a right and a wrong.

    • Tyler March 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Your statement is just as valid as the opposing arguers. When will you old time local religious realize everything goes both ways; not everybody believes in your values; not everyone believes the F word is vulgar, not everyone believes that what this country was built on is even real (Atheists). I get that you people are used to quiet ol’ Dixie, but there are nearly 200,000 people in the area, and trust me, less and less are of your belief system. I’m not saying deal with it, I’m saying, along with growth comes many different aspects and new culures. So when you say don’t like it here, then move, you can get it right back at ya. Time residing here doesn;t make you all anymore residents than a month old newby…Peace and Unity STG!!!

      • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Tyler, get real. DSU is housed in a community that is basically conservative and religious, all kinds of religions, and that’s just how it is. I wouldn’t go to a highly Muslim or Athiest community and blast a Christian concert that touts that non-believers are ingnorant and stupid and not expect some repercussions. The “F” word is generally seen as offensive in our culture at large, even on basic cable it is bleeped out and is monitored in rating movies for instance, so we aren’t a bunch of old religious fuddy duddies here stating that the concert’s content was innappropriate to be blasted to the surrounding neighorhoods. There are even city codes that address this. It is ignorant on the university’s behalf and any who support this type of event to believe that we are being ridiculous to demand a sense of decorum on this. It’s not more tolerant to allow this type of behavior, it’s not more enlightened and open-minded to ignore the blatent lack of consideration that was shown the community as well. Whether or not you believe what was presented by Macklemore to be offensive, general society dictates that it was or else there wouln’t be ratings like “parental advisory” on things. The whole “it goes both ways” is a poor way of addressing this situation I believe.

        • Tyler March 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

          Oh, my statement is as real as it gets

  • Mean momma March 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Dimitri…. You are an ignorant human being… That is all.

    • Professor C's wife March 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you “Mean Momma” because if you wouldn’t have said then I would have. 🙂

  • SunnyInUtah March 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I think that it is awesome that such big artist are willing to come to St. George to begin with. We truly have a great climate and great people and I would love to see more artist play (mumford and sons, Decemberist, Dave Matthews) it is time that we were the new “red rocks” and performers flocked to entertain us. I understand what some are saying about the noise, but its a concert. Yes most outdoor venues are away from residential areas and so there is never a problem, however the accoustics outside are WAY better then indoor. If I knew there was someone coming that has explicit lyrics I may take my small children to a movie that night. There has to be a comprimise on both sides. This whole “you dont understand families” and “you dont understand youth” is crap. We were all youth at one time and nothing mattered to us then ourselfs. We all did it and all have the right to act that way. You are only young once, then you get older and have a family and everything changes. I for one would love to drive down the street for an awesome concert rather then going to Vegas or even Salt Lake. I applaud the student body for getting these people to perform maybe it wouldnt be a bad idea in the future to just make an announcement on the radio or FB that there will be explict lyrics and to be warned, that should make both sides happy 🙂 PS this really should be about religion by the way, you can be religious and enjoy a good show.

    • Face Off March 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Like I said, eventually the residential areas surrounding Dixie SU are gonna be rezoned to commercial, to better fit in. Downtowns are more for commerce than living in most cases. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come…

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

      The college hosted a similar concert last year and nothing bad came of it because the noise level was more appropriate and the language and content wasn’t as offensive and it was still an up and coming artist that was interesting to younger people. I belive it can be a thing of mutual respect,but this concert clearly wasn’t. That’s why an indoor venue would’ve been way more appropriate and that’s all I’m asking for. Do you live within earshot of the college and did you listen to what was presented? Also, asking that I have to remove my family from my home for the night and not put my little toddlers to bed before 10:30pm(that’s how long the concert went) is fair? Seriously? I’m all about being tolerant and underatnding, but this event pushed too far in consideration to this commmunity. St. George has had big named aritsts here before from all types of genres….it doesn’t have to be such an “in your face” situation.

  • Austin Y March 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Im not from st george and I was at the concert and it was awesome. But i don’t think the concert had to be so close to all those houses. The people living in those houses have rights to live in peace and if there peace was disturbed then I’m sorry. But what happened has already happened and it was awesome. Complaining and crying about it isn’t going to change anything. My advice to you crying people is move away! If you don’t want your kids to be around adult things maybe you shouldn’t live in a house next to an adult University!!

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Austin Y for having a little bit of understanding, however, the “just move away” answer doesn’t apply here. Some people can’t afford to just up and move their lives like that. It’s more reasonable to suggest that the university respect and consider the surrounding neighborhood. Beside, it hasn’t always been a university…it started as a small community college and my home was built before that even happened. The entire neighborhood surrounding the college was here long before a college even came to be…so that’s a little bit ignorant to say we should bow to the university because frankly, it wasn’t here first (if we are going to be that petty). What happened, did happen…but it doesn’t mean the people can’t express disapproval in order to make sure that future events are more appropriately managed and arranged right? The university needs to be made aware of this, especially if they wish to maintain good PR with the community that supports them.

  • Sierra R. March 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I am 24 and still consider myself young and I love concerts and the fun that goes along. I also have a just turned 3 year old son with Cancer. One of the rare few children cancer patients here in St George. We live on 500 East a few blocks away from the Hansen Stadium and the music was BLARING until well after 10pm. Im all for fun and what not but NOT when my child who is already wasting away before my eyes has to be kept from resting and sleeping because of it! GROW UP KIDS there is more to life than what YOU want to do. You are temporary residents, we are permanent. I attended the Slim Thug concert here a couple years back and it was held indoors and NO complaints were made, follow the example you assholes. (Yes I do curse so that is not the point of my post) My point is we all have different likes and dislikes but we need to be considerate of peoples families and children when it is time for them to be resting and sleeping.

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Amen Sierra. I appreciate your viewpoint and I’m sorry to hear about your son. You definately provide the “bigger picture” here.

  • Professor C. March 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I live directly in line with the speakers at the concert Friday night and am one of the closest residents to the stadium. I also have teenagers in my home as well as toddlers. We listen to a variety of music in our home including “mainstream, popular music.” I grew up listening to DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and MC Hammer as well as the more “tame” music of my parents’ generation (The Beatles, anyone?). I also teach both at the University and at a local middle school. There is not much as far as language goes that I haven’t heard right here in little ol’ St. George.

    However, the big issue with this concert (and congrats to DSUSA for bagging such a big name artist) is that what DSU expected of the artist and what was delivered differ greatly. As I understand it, community expectations of decency and propriety were part of the contract when Macklemore came to perform. Needless to say, what could have (and by arrangement should have) been a more “PG-13 show” turned out to be, well, not.

    I don’t have an issue with an artist like this performing here or anywhere else. I don’t have an issue with fans going to attend the concert. I can even handle heavier traffic on my street than usual (and I’ve done so for more than a decade). My issue is that the venue was inappropriate for this concert. The promoters and student coordinators, knowing the type of concert Macklemore would put on, should have arranged it indoors. Yes, there may have been scheduling issues for alternative venues, but that’s part of coordinating a concert. The fans who attended the concert had a choice; they paid their money and had a good time.

    My issue is that those of us who are permanent residents did not have a choice. We were forced to endure the antics of the show. I don’t think anyone would argue that given the option, toddlers should not hear “F-this” and “Mother F-that” nor should they have to ask what does “dry hump the air” mean? Give them a few more years of innocence.

    By most expectations, in spite of the rain, this concert was a success. Macklemore got paid (now he’s got more than $20 in his pocket); DSU got some exposure on MTV; fans got a good show (hey, they even got to see a goat crowd surf!). But then again, Uncle Johnny got his 15 minutes of fame on America’s Most Wanted.

    DSUSA could have still put on a great concert that accomplished all of these things but held it in a more appropriate venue. DSU could have still put on its “big boy pants” and shown how progressive it is: just in a different venue.

    I have no doubt, little ol’ St. George is going to become a grown up university town soon enough. No big deal. I just hope the University, my students, and my neighbors realize we can grow up and be Grown Up at the same time without allowing DSU to have a poor reputation.

    • Barb March 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      It takes both parties to be grown about issues. You should open your minds just as much as the concert planners/attendees should have to. Let’s play fair. I think the Dixie Center is underused for these types of events. I hate to see that nice, huge venue sit concertless most the time. The city and school should further invest in offerings at the venue.

    • Real Talk March 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Professor C, please don’t be so narrow as to believe a UNIVERSITY, yes, even in your mostly conservative town, will throw only”rated G or PG” shows. You religious people are straight nuts!! Even little tiny Cedar City has mainstream “vulgar” concerts at times, so….seriously, get real. You peopleand the way YOU believe does not govern this town or university!

      • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

        did you even read Prof. C’s comments…he congratulated the university on this event but stated it should’ve been in a more appropriate venue….what is so wrong with that???? I’m guessing neither one of you lives near the college or even heard what was being presented that night??? I don’t understand how it’s narrow-minded to think that an R-rated show should be held at an indoor arena where only concert tickets holders are in ear-shot of the content? I belive you guys are being ignorant to think that consideration of the community and it’s residents is narrow-minded. Besides, Mackelmore violated his contract agreements…he agreed to something he wasn’t willing to commit to and misrepresented himself to the university, which is in poor taste as an artist. He was the one who agreed to a more toned-down concert and didn’t deliver that. Being open-minded has nothing to do with laying down in the road and letting people run all over you imo. And taking into consideration the community has nothing to do with being close-minded either.

  • Mean momma March 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Very well stated Professor C. I couldn’t agree more.

  • mary March 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I was working at this concert and enjoyed it very much. I want to comment on the people who are crying about the vulgarity. Yes, Macklemore did curse, but had you taken a moment to listen to his lyrics you might have heard a positive msg.. I have lived in this area for more than 15 years and have noticed a lot of change, but one thing that has not changed is the hypocrisy of the narrow-minded people who claim to be loving and non judgmental. Do you not realize that our children hear worse in their schools? Do you not realize that (in general) your kid is talking worse smack that Macklemore?. But you “turn the other cheek” when it comes to your own. I can honestly say that I do not mind the noise. We need more events for our kids in this town. Maybe if we did have more positive things to do, our kids would;t get bored and just “hang out” with friends..this leads them to other things to do, a lot of it, not so positive. We have to accept that there are kids in this town and embrace it.. Oh, by the way, I am an over 50 mom, who was raised w/ Christian beliefs and still believe and I took my 2 youngest children w/me to this concert. Can’t say they liked the cursing but they had a great time.

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

      would it have been less enjoyable in an indoor arena where others who didn’t want to listen to it could be protected from having it blare into their homes? Just curious? That’s what most of the complainers are trying to say is that a different venue would’ve been best with this artist and similar.

  • Ollie March 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Most of these comments go hand in hand with another topic on this website regarding discrimination. Sounds like the people right next to this noise should just accept it as business as usual and not waste any ones time by “discriminating” because of their own personal values. Is this an accurate analogy? Is that where we are heading in this nation? No more personal values or choices. We will just have others cram situations down each others throat and “by law” we will all just have to lay back and take it. Doesn’t sound very acceptable to me. Oops, was I just discriminating? We still need to be able to draw the line as to what we should have to put up with or not. This particular event was in the wrong location and should have been indoors or out at the fairgrounds or someplace like that.

    • Omari March 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Why, is St George too pure? Lmao!!!!

  • HELLYES! March 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    THIS WAS AMAZING THANK YOU MACKLEMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (To the haters: they have sent out a notice to neighbors for months and weeks and days up to the concert that there will be noise until 10:30. They ended the noise on your behalf. Next time get a hotel. …)

    Ed. ellipsis

    • Tyler March 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      DITTO! AMEN!

    • Steezy March 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Funny all the ones bytching have nothing to say about this comment. Apparently the truth shuts down the argument

      • Gina March 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

        If you want to pay for my hotel room…great. Let me know next time and I’ll be sure to take my family on a small vacation on your behalf. Otherwise, get real.

  • Tyler March 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Come on children of all walks of life…Let’s put UNITY in commUNITY 😛

    • sweet jude March 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Unity inregards to decency and respect-yes. That i will follow. But unity for supporting the crude and the vulgar.-no. Youseem to think this life is meant to be used as the devils playground. You will however continue to reap the consequences of your choices. I will always choose to remain on the right side regardless of how blurry that may be to you.

      • Tyler March 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        Apparently you can’t se past the swearing in the songs, you chose not to see the good messages in them. Ignorance is bliss. The right side you speak of is in the eye of the beholder. Carry on

        • Gina March 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

          And so…where does “dry hump the air” fit in? “Good messages” yeah right. That’s just one of the vulgarities I heard coming from the concert. don’t try to down play what happened or sugar coat it by saying he had a “great message” to share. You can teach tolerance and love without all the poop slinging he did.

  • Steezy March 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    EPIC SHOW!! Way to put this college town on the map! Hope to get more..Thankyou Mack and DSU

  • Dan Lester March 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Oh My Heck! Looks like in areas other than this discussion that there has been accommodation made. The noise ended at 1030. I wasn’t at the concert, but would the crowd have fit within either the Dixie Center or the Burns Arena? Or was the crowd too large for those venues?

    Yes, an indoor venue would solve most of the problems, but at least they ended it early. One other question: do the nearby neighbors complain on the Fourth of July when there is a concert and fireworks running later and louder than this one? If not, why not?

    • Gina March 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Yes, a larger in-door venue was available that would’ve housed the concert goers just fine right on campus. and no, I don’t complain because I have yet to hear “dry hump the air” and a stream of obscenities shouted from any 4th of July event held in town to date. The idea was great, the management of it not so much.

      • Taylor March 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        Oh Gina, you’re pathetic. Sorry that things can’t always conform to your way of life, but you don’t run the world now do you? The event was managed very well, they ended on curfew, kept things safe, and were respectful in that sense. Macklemore wasn’t there to cater to you, or your kids. He was there to play for his fans. We put up with you, you put up with us. That’s how the world works.
        It’s people like you that drive me insane, and that hold this world back from progressing. So why don’t you wash your ears out with soap, go confess the sins your ears heard to your bishop, and get over yourself. You didn’t have to listen. Put on some headphones, go see a movie, you subjected yourself and your kids to that. You could have easily done something to avoid it. Sorry but the world doesn’t revolve around you or where you live. It revolves with or without you. You are but on measley person out of billions. Maybe you’d be better off moving to Beaver or Payson, it might better suit your needs 😉

        • Maxima March 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

          Couldn’t have said it better, Taylor. Thankyou!

        • Rachel March 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

          Spoken like a true open minded person. You realize all you are spewing in response to this woman is hate, right? How is it okay for you to do it and not for her to express her views? Can you even say the word “hypocrite”? Seriously, get over yourself.

      • Tyler March 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        Gina, do you feel better “convincing” virtually every commenter on here that ONLY you are right?! You are ridiculous acting like a damn dictator on here. Most little kids don;t even know what dry hump the air means-I’d hope. So get the hell over it!

        • sweet jude March 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          There are a number of people who dare take a stand and won’t back down. As much as you try to intimidate gina and other great souls like her, I know that you are really a coward and your actions keep you low in the dust. Whatever or whoever you think you are, I know who you have chosen to follow.your poor choices and lack of good judgment will never, ever allow you to find happiness no matter how desperately you clamor for it. Mark my words until your flesh begins to rot.

          • Maxima March 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

            Ok, I’ll just say you win. Feel better? Cuz a’n’t no opposing sides gonna see eye to eye totally

        • Gina March 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

          Tyler, I’m defending my position not being a dictator. If you voice an opinion in a public forum like this, then be able to defend it right? Well, I am and others can expect the same. The only thing I care about convincing others on in this issue is that DSU exercised poor judgement in booking this artist at the venue they did and should’ve pulled the plug when the artist violated his contract with the university. I really don’t care if people like his music, I don’t care if DSU books him or other similar artists with similar themes and language again…but I believe that they could and should be considerate of their community when hosting such an event and accountable for it if they aren’t. simple as that. try not to complicate it anymore than it is. There’s nothing to “get over.”

  • Disappointed March 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I am disappointed in the awful hate slammed at anyone not happy with this concert. What a shame that if someone has an issue or a concern they are hated, devalued and silenced. I don’t care that you thought this was the best thing to happen to this community or that this is music that you like. If anyone doesn’t agree with you and expresses their views, how dare you in your bigotry slam them down.

    This is not tolerance, and to bring religion into an argument because you don’t like the religious views shows how tolerant and OPEN you are. If those families don’t like a music they should not have been forced to listen to it. and it seems that this concert did just that. It forced a music into their homes and they did not have an option. How inconsiderate and short sited of the program coordinators. And to read so much bigotry from the side who liked the concert and are unwilling to see another side is a sad reflection on this community.

    When Hewy Lewis and the News came to town, it was held out at Tuachan, when many Country bands come to town, they are held at Tuachan. We have a venue in this area, no need to move the town to accommodate rock concerts, I dare say that if this concert was of an artist not liked by those who supported it they would not have liked being forced to listen to music that they find repulsive.

    • Maxima March 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      NOBODY was forced to listen to the music!! St George is NOT the only city in America holding outdoor “vulgar” concerts. Hell no should such a concert be moved outside the city for you whiners!! This is NOT a perfect little town where everybody’s like you, quit being in denial and get the hell over it!!!!!

      • sweet jude March 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Wow,some drug user

      • sweet jude March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        Wow, some drug user disguised behind an alias called “maxima “. You can tell she (or he for that matter )maybe has some serious mental issues that he/she hasn’t resolved with a counselor yet. I wonder if this person screams at the top of his /her lungs in public. Jw

  • Desert Wander March 12, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I’m in my fifth decade of life, generally dislike rap/hip hop music and live within five blocks of the venue. I think Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are amazing and I loved the show. I was shocked to discover that I could hear every song from inside my home. We opened the front door to better enjoy our favorite songs. I use profanity but use it judiciously. It was surprising to hear it broadcast throughout the neighborhood (although it was a very small part of the show). Has anyone considered that the low cloud cover likely unintentionally amplified the sound? I think the brief inconvenience caused by the show was far out weighed by the spirit, energy, and positive message of the music. I also live with the noise and commotion of the St George Marathon, the rodeo, and fireworks. Far more offensive to me is the disruption caused by the recent materialistic orgy that is the Parade of Homes!

  • hudrockson March 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Well, I may as well throw my .02 in here. No one, and I mean no one, lives closer to the stage that the concert was held on than I do. I am in my mid 40’s, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was great to see an event targeted directly at the young adults in our community. Having spent the last almost 30 years here, I know that this is something that has been sorely lacking. I hope that the now University continues to offer these types of events. From what I could see, the crowd was certainly energetic, but they were also well behaved, so to speak, so kudos to them as well!

  • Nate March 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Maxima, I was forced to listen to it because it permeated through the walls into my home… louder than my own surround sound up full blast! I’m in my 30’s, not a member of the dominant religion and was really disappointed that the concert was held at this venue (btw, it’s not even a venue… it’s the football practice field at Dixie State). You’d think that DSUSA could have held it at a more impressive place in St. George?!

    I’m glad a concert came to town and think that more should come. Those that are bringing religion into this are MISSING THE POINT!

    Have your concert… have one EVERY FREAKIN’ day for all I care! The point is, that an appropriate VENUE could have been chosen. Are you getting it yet???? YES, I want you to have a concert, YES I think you can enjoy the entertainment you deem worthy of your liking… JUST PLEASE HAVE IT IN THE BURNS ARENA, THE DIXIE CENTER, TUACAHN, THE ARIZONA STRIP, THE WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. I liVe right across the street from where this was held and it was RUDE and INCONSIDERATE of the neighbors of the University.. PERIOD!

    By the way, NO ONE, NOT one person knocked on my door or even left a note to warn of us the concert. I had family come to town with small children. I bragged to them about how Dixie State is growing and has become a University and how exciting it is… then to have them be so discouraged that their small children couldn’t go to sleep because of the UNNECESSARILY LOUD music. It wasn’t just loud… it was ridiculously loud. I found myself apologizing for Dixie State the rest of the night. Telling them how the University is usually such a good neighbor. Unfortunately, Dixie was NOT a good neighbor that night and I was beyond disappointed.

    So yeah, keep ripping on the dominant religion (which has NOTHING to do this issue), keep pretending that everyone that disagrees with you doesn’t ever want concerts in St. George (again, another falsehood). The bottom, damn line is, that you could’ve had an awesome concert in the Burns Arena, out of the cold rain and been good neighbors to the people surrounding the University. But you didn’t and now people that disagree with the VENUE (again the venue, not the CONCERT) are made out to be horrible people because we didn’t want to hear the concert.

    Btw, Taylor, the world doesn’t revolve around you either. Yeah, you put up with the people of St. George.. they force you to go to church, they play really loud churchy music at full volume so that you have to listen to it in your house. C’mon!… get real, “it’s people like YOU [Taylor] that drive me insane”… I’m sick of people in this world that think it revolves around them. “Maybe you’d be better off moving to [Las Vegas] or [L.A.], it might better suit your needs.”


    • Maxima March 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Simple. No venue in town is big enough to house such a crowd. Calm down. Breathe.

  • Rachel March 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ok, look, I like Macklemore. Really, I do. I prefer their clean/edited versions to their unedited versions, but I like them just the same. However, I can see the point of these downtown residents. I live seven blocks from Hansen and could hear the concert loud and clear as well. I don’t have kids, but if I did, I probably would have taken them to spend the night at grandma and grandpa’s that night.

    The fact of the matter is, if Macklemore’s concert had an MPAA rating, it would have been R due to language and inappropriate sexual references. And regardless of how you feel about rated R events and movies, there is a reason they are rated that way. Small children cannot process the information contained in these movies, songs, and events the way that older teenagers and adults can. Thus the reason a person has nightmares when they are younger or are afraid of the dark, but do not have so many nightmares and overcome other fears as adults.

    No one is saying that the concert should not have happened. All that was said is that an indoor venue would have been more appropriate. The Dixie Center and Burns Arena would have both been adequate venues. The point is this: the people living near the stadium have just as much right of not wanting to hear the concert as those people who wanted to. When you start saying that one group of people’s rights have priority over another group of people’s rights, then liberty begins to die.

    • Nate March 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Wrong again. Dixie State’s website shows that the Burns arena holds 4,700 permanent seats. Not to mention how many people could be down on the main floor. There were roughly 4,500 concert goers. Last time I checked 4700 is greater than 4500. Look it up next time before running your mouth Maxima.

    • STG Hitman March 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Rachel, i highly doubt a young kid is going to have a nightmare over the F word, honey.

  • Fondue March 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Hey Jude don’t make it bad, take your sad life and make it better, take Gina and get up outta here!! Don’t be hatin just cuz there’s a song named after u about using drugs!! We ain’t living in the 40’s no more Hun!

  • STG Hitman March 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Why are you of religious heads so surprised that your religion is one of the first things blamed on topics like these? What else usually dictates this church-run town? Puhleeease!!!

    • Gina March 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Yes I’m religious, but this still isn’t about religion though is it? I’ve talked to my non-religious neighbors to see if I was just “out of touch” and they have the exact same opinion as I do….some of them even feel more strongly than I did that the concert was innappropriate. One non-religious, non-LDS neighbor of mine even said that Macklemoore shouldn’t have been paid because he violated his contract with the college with the type of concert he gave (R-rated rather than PG-13 like he agreed to do, I’ve been told). So….even if we should expect to have religion blamed, it clearly isn’t the issue in this discussion. If religion was such a problem to the community, why did so many of you non-religious people move here and stay???? Regardless…why can’t what clearly is a conservative and religious based community be treated somewhat respectfully? Macklemoore and apparently his fans feel that it’s okay to have an “in-your-face”/ “F*** You” type of concert here and WE are the haters for not liking the venue it was done in?? Ok, that makes perfect sense. Thanks everyone for clearing up the fact that although I support most everyone having the entertainment they seek be provided here, but just using common sense and our country’s rating system as a guide for venue, makes me the intolerant one…the close-minded, bigoted, religiously crazy one. Yes, I see it all so clearly now. And, DSU has lost my funding and support since I’m apparently not “with it” enough. If ya don’t like it, don’t buy it right? Well, I won’t.

  • DSU Gen Y March 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Gina, dear, you serioulsy need to get a life. Who else is still commenting on this weeks-old article? Lmfao!! #Old News

    • Gina March 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      apparently you are. I don’t mind finishing what I’ve started though.

  • Ron March 20, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Ironic, isn’t it? People posting about how Macklemore’s lyrics promote love, mutual respect and tolerance but then demonstrating their own lack of those qualities by their vitriolic attacks here on those who simply ask for some consideration when events like this one are planned

  • Nick 6600 April 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Gina I know that you do have a point but like all these people say there is a way you guys didn’t have to hear this I live in st George heard the music an this music you “hate or don’t like” helps people out rap does swear and all that but just think this stuff has saved lives like religion has. You could have also gone some where else an yes they could have done something different with and were the concert was at but it is in the past and just move on Macklemore or Ryan mite have seen this but now nothing can happen about it

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