The Moratorium's Over; Mimi's Silenced by Court Order

September 27, 2012 was an emotional day for the New Orleans music community. That afternoon, musicians, club owners, bartenders, fans, journalists and others met at Kermit's Speakeasy for a heated meeting expressing concern over the perceived crackdown by the city on zoning and permitting violations.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

"Our job tonight it to turn down the heat," announced Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. He spoke Thursday night to a full-ish house gathered at the Old U.S. Mint for this year's Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on the theme of "Culture and Regulation," a timely talk considering the recent penalties handed down to St.

Square Biz

The meeting at Kermit's Speakeasy in late September to discuss zoning and permit-related issues was often an unruly, unfocused venting, but one positive thing to come out of it is the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans - a group working to make sure that musicians, club owners and participants in the culture have a voice in the conversation. Today's newsletter lays out a cause for concern:

Noise About Noise

It wasn't pretty but it worked. Yesterday, 100 to 150 members of the music community packed into Kermit's Treme Speakeasy to express their outrage at what they perceive as the programmatic harrassment of live music, and whether it's actually happening or not, the anger and the frustration in the room were very real.

Dealing with City Hall: The Short Form

"Can you do what you want to do where you want to do it?" According to Scott Hutcheson, Cultural Economy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, that's the question. Recent controversies involving The Circle Bar and Siberia have caused some to think the Mayor has declared war on live music, but Hutcheson doesn't see it that way. "What you saw happen was not against musicians or the music. It was a business who was not in compliance with the licenses they had.