Center of the Arts may limit loud shows |

Center of the Arts may limit loud shows

One of Grass Valley’s main cultural venues could stop playing loud music late at night on weekdays, representatives for the nonprofit organization said Monday.

Center for the Arts could stop booking loud rock ‘n’ roll bands to play after 10 p.m. during the week, Jon Blinder, president of the venue’s board, said.

No decisions have been made, Blinder stressed.

“Everything is on the table right now,” he said. “We’re looking at all options on how to proceed.”

The center is not booking any loud rock bands during the week for the foreseeable future, Blinder said.

At 11:11 p.m. on Feb. 27, Grass Valley Police responded to a noise complaint at the center, police logs show. Some 400 fans gathered that evening to listen to Michael Franti and his group Spearhead, a San Francisco-based hip-hop funk group.

The center had not received a noise complaint for quite some time, at least none since the back of the theater was remodeled four months ago, Blinder said.

But he and Paul Emery, the executive director, said the Center for the Arts wants to be a good neighbor.

“We don’t intend to have loud music that keeps (the neighbors) awake,” Emery said.

The promoter who booked the venue for the Spearhead concert and the Luciano concert Feb. 19 used a much louder sound system than what’s in-house, Emery said.

Blinder said the center could review how the venue is booked, particularly during the week.

Grass Valley Police Capt. Greg Hart said police will continue to respond to noise complaints.

Hart said the department’s initial approach is to ask for compliance with the city’s noise ordinance, which prohibits excessive and annoying noises.

“We certainly want a degree of reasonableness from both sides,” he said.

Mikail Graham, a musician who will play at the center March 17 and who books music for a Nevada City bar, said people need to be reasonable. Arts are a part of the community, he said.

“I would hate to see it turned into an ‘us vs. them’ situation,” Graham said. “I don’t think we should be censuring according to (sound) volume.”

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