Friday, May 24, 2013

Brick & Mortar Music Hall: Limited to Eighty Decibels

By Whitney Phaneuf
Fri, May 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

The shows will go on at San Francisco venue Brick & Mortar Music Hall, but after a ruling by the city's Entertainment Commission this week, the bar and music venue will operate under heavy restrictions — including lowering its sound to a wimpy 80 decibels.

That's the equivalent of noise generated by city traffic, a garbage disposal, or a washing machine, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). An average rock concert is anywhere from 110 to 140 decibels. Listen here.

On Wednesday, May 22, following the hearing, Brick & Mortar updated its Facebook page to explain it would remain open:

Brick & Mortar is at war with San Franciscos Entertainment Commission...and its losing.
  • Brick & Mortar Facebook Page
  • Brick & Mortar is at war with San Francisco's Entertainment Commission...and it's losing.

The restrictions are in response to residential neighbor complaints. According to the San Francisco Examiner, additional restrictions include shutting the music down by 12:30 p.m. on weekends and 11:30 p.m. on weekdays. The commission ordered the club to upgrade its soundproofing at the front door and ceiling and report back by June 15 when the work is complete.

Brick & Mortar owner Jason Perkins told SF Weekly that the Entertainment Commission's sole inspector, Vajra Granelli, is closely tied to local security firm Yojimbo Protection Services and that he believes Granelli targets clubs that don't hire the company for its services.

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