Live music earlier
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Jul 31, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Live music earlier

Stratford Gazette

Re: Making some noise about control bylaw, news, July 26

The issue of loud bands late at night has been discussed in municipalities across North America for four or five decades.

As a bar musician I’ve never understood why bands don’t start the fun at 8 p.m. and play to 11:30 p.m. (with a couple of 20 minute breaks).

For musicians with young children who want to do things on weekends this would mean extra hours of sleep.

Since the rate of pay for musicians in bars hasn’t improved much since the 1970s, shaving half an hour off the usual four hour gig but keeping the pay the same would be a fair and facile solution.

Some people like to cut loose with  inebriated dancing, sometimes beyond 1 a.m. Without a band to egg them on after 11:30 p.m. this tradition would take a hit but there would also be fewer people so drunk they can’t drive legally at closing time.

Molly Bloom’s owner was quoted as saying a lot of his customers don’t arrive until after 10 p.m. Fine – the bar is still open until 2 a.m. but if they want to hear live music they’d have to show up earlier, the same as for a concert in the big time.

So I’m suggesting 11:30, not 11, as a possible compromise. Unpopular as I know it will be, it’s better than strangling Stratford’s downtown nightlife on behalf of 10 or so complainers who may or may not be trying to go to bed at 11.

Murray Scott, Stratford

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