Thursday, January 12, 2012

UPDATE: Fun police want to stop entertainment after midnight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM


UPDATE: This post contains updated information in regards to the Jan. 17 meeting.

Charlotte's fun police are at it again. The City Council was expected to vote next week on a new proposal that would put a stop to entertainment of all kinds after midnight inside bars and restaurants within 400 feet of a residential area. While information was released suggesting a vote on the proposal would take place at the Jan. 17 meeting, the item has been tabled until early spring of 2012, after the council has had a chance to revisit the noise ordinance. There would also need to be a public hearing before any vote could take place.

For establishments in areas such as Elizabeth (Kennedy's, Philospher's Stone, etc.), Plaza Midwood (Snug Harbor, Common Market, etc.) and anywhere outside of uptown, this would mean no live or recorded music, no karaoke, no comedians, no playing pool or other entertainment-related activities after midnight. (In other words, it would affect some of the city's better music clubs in some of its more artistically adventurous neighborhoods. Uptown establishments would not be affected.) Does anyone else hear the Footloose theme song in their head?

As it stands now, restaurants are defined as establishments that serve food while any place that has social entertainment is called a nightclub. Restaurants that offer various forms of social entertainment can undergo code enforcement due to the current Charlotte laws; and nightclubs are not allowed within 400 feet of residentially zoned areas. The committee is looking at the current laws and any possible changes that should be suggested to the city council.

Ed's Tavern posted comments and information online that are making rounds on Facebook and other social networking sites.

We're dedicating a little Iggy and the Stooges to the city's Fun Police. Enjoy — then scroll down below the video to find the right local representative to write and tell how you feel about the proposal. Stay tuned — we will let you know when the council decides to discuss and/or vote on the proposal.

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Five people, one guitar

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Walk Off the Earth posted a video on You Tube last week that has garnered more than 13 million hits in those seven days. The band and Sarah Blackwood perform a cover of the Gotye song "Somebody that I Used to Know." The twist is that all five people are playing the same guitar, at the same time.

Check it out:

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Sarah Jarosz at Neighborhood Theatre (1/12/12)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

SARAH JAROSZ Warmly old-school yet brimming with contemporary youthfulness, Jarosz melds bluegrass and folk, even some world rhythms, into a heady take on American roots music. Adept on acoustic guitar as she is on mandolin and banjo, she honed her chops at Boston’s New England Conservatory, where she studied contemporary improvisation. Add that to her blossoming songwriting and you’ve got a potent voice in roots music, whether composed or improvised. Her second recording, last year’s Follow Me Down, flows gently yet packs a sweet punch. With Ian Thomas. $12-$15. Neighborhood Theatre. Neighborhood Theatre.

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Blues legend B.B. King at Blumenthal tonight (1/12/12)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

B.B. King. He’s 86 years old, and if you aren’t familiar with B.B. King by now, I’m not even sure why you’re reading this paragraph. The blues legend is still touring and entertaining audiences with his quick fingers and outstanding sense of humor. The way he “dances” with his guitar, Lucille, has influenced countless musicians over the years. This is the first of a two-night stand. $59.50-$99.50. Knight Theater

Image credit: Guitar Master Class

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