Scott Hutcheson, Cultural Economy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu has a few words to offer on the recent zoning drama with Circle Bar and Siberia, which lead to both bars losing live music: "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. The impact happened to be on musicians. This isn't about valuing or not valuing music. It's about a business owner satisfying his obligations as a business owner."
City officials helped Circle Bar owner Dave Clements get his paperwork in order so that he could once again have live music in slightly more than a week, but Siberia, also working with city officials, seems to be caught in an ongoing shit fest.
On Monday, celebrated swamp boogie man Quintron suggested abstaining "from ANY AND ALL ORLEANS PARISH SHOWS until the good folks at city hall give Siberia Nola their license to host live music events. Like a good old fashioned sit-out protest."
The mayor's office is releasing a "Zoning 101" guide this fall to help businesses understand the city's licensing, permits, and other regulations. No word on if Siberia will keep a copy for their comedy night.