Concerts at America’s Cup venue scaled back 

click to enlarge The America’s Cup Pavilion will now be holding 30 concerts, including artists such as Sting and Train, between May 31 and Oct. 15. - COURTESY RENDERING
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  • The America’s Cup Pavilion will now be holding 30 concerts, including artists such as Sting and Train, between May 31 and Oct. 15.

The number of concerts planned for the America’s Cup Pavilion on the northern waterfront is being scaled back ahead of a hearing for the venue permit at the Entertainment Commission on Tuesday.

Instead of as many as 40 concerts between May 31 and Oct. 15, there will be up to 30, according to pavilion organizers and neighbors.

Big-name acts including Sting, Train and Jason Mraz have already been booked. Seven concerts are already scheduled according to the America’s Cup entertainment website. Imagine Dragons is scheduled to be the first show on May 31.

In a letter to the Entertainment Commission, America’s Cup CEO Stephen Barclay, said the organization agreed to reduce the number of concerts as well as end concerts at 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.

The organization will also set up a community hotline to handle noise complaints, similar to other outdoor concerts such as Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. The changes are a result of meetings with the neighbors, Barclay stated.

Additionally, it was agreed that no more than 10 concerts will occur during  week nights, and America’s Cup can request as many as six 30-minute extensions for shows, according to Barcaly.

The neighbors, though, hope more compromises can be made before the concerts begin.

Jon Gollinger, president of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, said though progress has been made, more needs to be done. Neighbors worry that traffic and noise after concerts will be a continuous problem.

“Numerous people told me during Treasure Island, it felt like band was playing inside their living room,” Gollinger said of the music festival held on the island.

Gollinger said the dozens of requests from the neighborhood have not all been met. Those include that the noise hotline be connect to a person, not just a machine, and the requests be immediately be addressed. He said neighbors also want  America’s Cup to have to pay administrative fines for any violation.

To address noise, Live Nation, the company that is organizing the concerts, has agreed to ensure the stage speakers face the water and not toward the neighborhood as well as install curtains around the stage to help prevent noise from escaping — the first effort of its kind at a Live Nation venue.

“Basically it’s a curtain you’d see behind a stage, but it’s manufactured by a company that specializes in sound mitigation,” said Matt Prieshoff, COO of Live Nation.

Live Nation said the reduction in the number of events is reflected in the amended application submitted this week with the Entertainment Commission.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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