I’ve been hearing about it left and right: Music venues in Spokane are being shut down for one ridiculous reason or another, there is always something happening that is causing them to have to close their doors on music, or even worse, close their doors completely.
The sad part is, this couldn’t be more true.
Last night our show at the Rocket Market up on 43rd was canceled, and when we asked why, we found that a “cease and desist” order had been placed upon the business, demanding that they stop the music or face legal action. I was always under the impression that unless you played past 10:00 PM (sound ordinance) you were safe? So why did this really come about, and what Grinch is finding it necessary to continue to “complain” about the noise? All the shows that I’ve been to up there have been far from raucous and loud, so this worries me greatly. Especially since I’m noticing a trend when it comes to music venues that allow all ages and are extremely family friendly; Liquor Control Boards end up being exceptionally harsh on these businesses, the Cops are always digging for one reason or another to come out and investigate, and I swear they are collaborating to stop these venues from keeping their doors open all together.
For a community that’s trying to grow and progress with Mom & Pop businesses, Spokane is not really having any shining moments; Rather the opposite.
Look at both Caterina Winery and the Empyrean. These are two other venues that play great music, but allow all ages. Both are always getting harassed by law enforcement, whether they’re sending the Liquor Control Board out, or even worse, stating the venue needs a sprinkler system to even continue running (which could potentially put both places under if the money isn’t raised to install these systems, which is not a cheap feat to accomplish).
So why the attack on all of these venues? Why aren’t people putting their foot down? It’s always a hard thing when “the system” appears to have too much power, but I’m telling you guys, we DO have a say. We DO have a right to try to keep Spokane alive and musically happy. Wouldn’t you rather that the young ones be out enjoying music in a safe environment rather than sneaking off to a house party? I’ve been to all venues multiple times, and I’ve never deemed any of these places to be offending or even remotely dangerous. Especially not the Rocket Market. Go ahead and ask around too, I bet you 99% of the people that have been to these places would say it’s one of their favorite places to go… so WHY all of the trouble?!
Personally, I think “the man” needs to get off his high horse and understand that there might be one or two intolerant people out there that will complain about music, but take into consideration the 200 and some people that are truly enjoying it. Shouldn’t that FAR outweigh the complaints? I think the “cease and desist” order is just a way for law enforcement to be LAZY, meaning they don’t like having to deal with the grumpy two or three people calling, so instead of just dealing with it (because really, it’s not past 10:00PM) they take the easy route of canceling the music all together. It’s pathetic. We don’t pay the law enforcement to shut down great businesses, we pay them to protect and serve the community… I know for sure that they’re really not protecting the community by shutting down the music at the Rocket, or the Empyrean, OR Caterina. They’re hurting businesses and ruining the chance for neighbors to get together and to get to know each other.
eah. Thumbs DOWN to you, and you know who you are.
For more information, check out Som’s blog and find ways to contact the Mayor etc. to get this problem resolved: The Som Show