Ross Mirkarimi and Jazz Mafia Celebrate New Live Music Permit at City Hall

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Ross Mirkarimi at City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

Ever wonder why San Francisco isn't like New Orleans, or Chicago, or Paris, where every cafe, bar, restaurant, and shoe store seems to feature live music at one point or another?

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi thinks he knows the reason: Getting the required entertainment permit is just too damn difficult and expensive for a small business.

So Mirkarkimi and fellow supes Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, and David Campos helped write legislation for a cheaper, simpler permit that would allow small cafes and restaurants to host live music legally without dealing with lots of red tape. Instead of, say, $15,000 to get a permit, this one costs less than $400.

It's called the Limited Live Performance Permit, and as you read this, the S.F. supervisors are deciding whether to approve it. At a press conference/music party on the sunny steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Mirkarimi seemed confident it would pass.

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The Jazz Mafia with Tom Torriglia on the accordion

"It's about time we started getting more live music happening in this city," he said.

The new permit allows live music in accordance with the city's noise ordinance until 11 p.m. in most places (10 p.m. in some neighborhoods). But there are big things it doesn't cover, such as DJ performances. Mirkarimi said he supports legislation to allow DJs the same performance opportunities other musicians would get in the permit.

He sees the new permit as a way to put struggling artists to work -- and to make S.F. a more vibrant place. "I agree with the consensus of many about the war on fun in San Francisco," Mirkarimi told SF Weekly. "This is an antidote to that."

After his remarks, Mirkarimi turned over the microphone to members of Jazz Mafia and accordionist Tom Torriglia for a performance. They lit into a bouncy brass-band jam in true New Orleans style (was that "Do Whatcha Wanna?"), brought out MC Dublin to rhyme through a megaphone, and even had the supervisors dancing a little on the City Hall steps.

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San Francisco Music
San Francisco Music

SanFrancisco is among the most popular cities in the USA located in the state ofCalifornia. San Francisco is a city that is not considered to be a touristdestination in the proper sense of the word but it draws the interest of peoplefrom all over the world coming to enjoy its beauty. There are many places ofinterest in the city that are inherited from the rich cultural and historicalheritage of the area.

Elle
Elle

San Francisco need music everywhere possible--the city is so "dead" it is a shame..New Orleans--right after Katrina--got it's music back as quickly as possible and built homes for many musicians.Music draws people into restaurants and makes them want to stay longer, enjoy their meals, buy more drinks and dance...Start hiring bands--there are many in the city--more than ready to play.

There had been a trad jazz band at Castagnola's at the Wharf on (certain) Sundays--that were wonderful--they brought back the traditional Barbary Coast feeling to SF--- (The Buena Vista Jazz Band--bring them back!!)

Jimmy McConnell
Jimmy McConnell

WHY DOES THIS CITY MAKE IT SO DAMN DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN ANY KIND OF PERMIT TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO BENEFIT THIS CITY? STUPIDVISORS: TAKE YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES & START DOING WHAT'S THE BEST FOR OUR CITY, BY ERASING MOST OF THE 'RED-TAPE'

Sfmag1
Sfmag1

A step in the right direction.Why is this city so backwards in regards to permitting live music?Other areas that need addressing are: Easing of performance rights groups (Ascap,BMI,SESAC)pressure on small businesses,alloting  and permitting of public outdoor space(s) for live music performance, plus much more...

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