Restrictions on the live music venue Brick and Mortar Music Hall that included limiting hours of operation and maximum sound levels until proper soundproofing is completed were upheld by the Board of Appeals last week.
For the past two years, neighbors have been battling with the music venue over sound levels. Many neighbors have said they could hear each instrument and even vocals in their living rooms late at night.
The fight culminated at an Entertainment Commission hearing last month where the commission required Brick and Mortar to limit sound to less than 80 decibels and end shows by 11:30 p.m. weeknights and 12:30 a.m. weekends until soundproofing is installed.
Managing partner Jason Perkins of Parish Entertainment Group, which owns Brick and Mortar, appealed the ruling, saying that he could not read the citations he was given and therefore did not know what fines he was paying. Perkins also alleged the commission's sound technician began the complaints after the venue decided against hiring his private security company.
“We have not been given a fair chance on this,” Perkins said at the appeals hearing. “The fact of the matter is the Entertainment Commission and their inspector violated city law and then ignored when we protested.”
The Entertainment Commission has denied the accusations against its sound technician. Perkins said he has filed a complaint with the Ethics Commission and the City Attorney's Office.
In the meantime, Perkins told the appeals board the venue has done more soundproofing work on top of the $20,000 it invested prior to the Entertainment Commission hearing in May. He said since then there have been four levels of sheet rock installed on the venue's ceiling.
“It's a big building so it is a process,” Perkins said. “We have to do a round of construction tests so we know where the leaks are.”
Entertainment Commission Deputy Director Cammy Blackstone said the department is hopeful the improvements made in the past month and the conversations with neighbors are signs of good things to come.