"In recent months, there was a drive by some people to have the city name the amphitheater after the late jazz musician (Miles) Davis, who was born in Alton. Publicity about that idea spawned other people to suggest other names, from tying it in to the Mississippi River to various Alton office-holders of the past. Corporate representatives from a grocery store chain also inquired about buying rights, so the facility could carry its name."The story also quotes Phil Roggio, Alton director of development and housing, as saying, "I don't care what they call it; I just want to get it built." Work is expected to be completed in December, the article said.
Even if the new facility ends up not being named after Davis, the story notes that he could end up being recognized at the site in another way, as the "steering committee for the annual Miles Davis Jazz Celebration also has talked to city officials about holding their event at the amphitheater next May."