This week's Pollstar has a good article on recent goings-on:
SF's `War On Fun'
Siegan [of Red Devil Lounge] said he was cited for violating a condition of his license that forbids any sound to emanate from the inside of his building, regardless of a citywide noise ordinance that establishes a legal decibel ceiling.
"We have a condition on our license that says we may not have `any sound audible beyond the area under control of the licensee.'" Seigan said. [...] But the bottom line means that virtually any sound that leaks out of this venue apparently makes us in violation of our ABC license," Siegan explained.
Attorney John Hinman confirmed the condition of the Red Devil Lounge's license means that if a passerby can put his ear to the door and hear music, it would constitute a violation.
He explained that one music venue client was told that to comply with a Type 47 license - an all-ages, bona fide eating place - a condition would be that every seat must have a "a plate, knife, fork and water glass for every customer. In a theatre, no less."
Hinman declined to name the venue with the formal place setting requirements but said he represented many owners who didn't want to be "targeted" by being identified.
"The venue operators in this state are terrified. You've got a regulatory agency in this state that is running a jihad against them," Hinman said.
"They've been out in full force. They've been in to [Slim's] twice in the last week," Holliday said. "They didn't do anything to us, but they cited the [venue] across the street because the audience wasn't leaving fast enough.
"They gave [the owner] a citation for that. Give me a break. It was 1:45 a.m. and people weren't leaving fast enough," Holliday said.
Undignified though it is, this is the part where I again remind you to please donate to our Legal Defense Fund to make it easier for us to get through the twenty-five days in January when the ABC is forcing us to close, because one of their undercover agents saw "lewd behavior" at an over-21 gay event.
In (it bears repeating) San Francisco.
- DNA Lounge Legal Defense Fund.
- "Save DNA Lounge" Facebook group and t-shirts.
- "Stop the War on Fun" Facebook group.
It would have been hilariously circular if one of the games being played was the Rock Band predecessor game "SingStar Amped", because the intro sequence to that game was actually filmed at DNA Lounge in 2007, but alas, it was not to be.
DNA Lounge is available for all of your video game cut-scene needs.