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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Today: Support S.F.'s Proposed New Live Music Permit with a Free Show at City Hall

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Admittedly, it sounds pretty dorky to get all yee-haw excited about some new permit they're giving out at City Hall. But the Limited Live Performance Permits S.F. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is proposing would help lots of cafes, restaurants, and bars host live music that can't now, basically by making a cheaper and simpler process for venues that aren't the Warfield.

Live music is better than not-live music, so it sounds like a good idea to us. Also sounding good to us is a little shindig that supporters of the legislation are holding on the steps of City Hall today -- a party that will feature (naturally) live performances from Bourbon Kings Brass Band and Jazz Mafia. Because what better way to celebrate more live music than with, uh, more live music?

To be sure, the new legislation isn't perfect. It will allow live music in these new businesses only until 10 p.m., which seems awfully early. Go to New Orleans, for instance, and it's common to sit down to dinner in a swanky restaurant way past 10 with live music still going on. We'd love to be able to do the same here.

Still, more music is better, we think. So if you're down for the new cheaper, simpler permits for small businesses -- or if you just want to hear some free tunes -- come out to City Hall today at 12:45 p.m. When else will you have the Bourbon Kings Brass Band, Jazz Mafia, and accordionist Tom Torriglia soundtracking your political activities?


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