Entertainment Commission: live music is on the upswing

One of the trends catching the attention of Entertainment Commission sound inspector Vajra Granelli is that San Francisco venues, whether legally or not, are hosting live music more often than having DJs spin tunes.

The commission cracks down on businesses that play loud music or have a dance floor unless they have applied for and received a permit. For years, Granelli said at a meeting Tuesday, DJs have been the standard, but now he was seeing more three-piece bands entertaining the masses.

“There’s been a major swing back to kind of live music,” Granelli said. “Whereas, in the past we would find warehouse parties with DJs operating illegally now we’re finding more warehouse parties with live bands operating.”

The trend is continuing not just in illegal venues but throughout The City overall, he added. Art galleries are bringing in live music as well, and since most galleries don’t think to get an entertainment permit, there have been a number of warnings being handed out.



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