Music bigwigs visit Birmingham for Railroad Park presentation

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some big names in music are in Birmingham as Mayor William Bell shows off the Railroad Park and tries to gain interest and funding for the new development.

The former Vice President of Warner Music Group and former President of Def Jam Recordings, Kevin Liles, came to the Railroad Park on Thursday along with a representative from AEG and multi-million dollar entrepreneur Russell Simmons.

Mayor William Bell asked Liles and a representative from AEG, a worldwide sports and entertainment company, to join him here so he could show off the park which is expected to open the week after Labor Day.

The men were given a presentation on the park and what it will look like upon completion.

Right now, the city is still short on funding for the amphitheater, $4.5 million dollars short. Bell is hoping to spark interest in private partners like the ones he brought to the park as the city continues to search for money to get it finished.

Mayor Bell says the amphitheater was set to be the second phase of building, so not having enough funding at this point is okay. He also says the third phase will be to extend the park past the BBVA Compass Daniel Building.

City officials say there have been preliminary talks with organizers of the Schaffer Eye Crawfish Boil about changing locations, but nothing has been decided yet.

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