Ben Morgan, music director of Millcreek Tavern
“This will certainly hurt small companies like Village Green and Cloud Entertainment who are building their networks by putting on small-scale events. This is how you build a base to eventually make money, but there is very little revenue in small concerts—and it takes years of building before you start seeing the benefits. Honestly, in my world of underground rock-based concerts, no one since R5 Productions has even come close to getting a large-scale concert operation off the ground.”
Mark Wolfe, promoter
“There are already laws governing capacity. Those clubs can be fined or worse, shut down. I’ve seen L&I do that the night of a show for far, far less … As for this booking license thing, this will cause events to be taken out of the city. I know I would not ever consider applying for such a ridiculous thing that has no benefit to me other than a means to sue me and my insurance company.”
One example of an unlikely “promoter” is the city’s own Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP regularly rents out its union hall for weddings and events, many of which can get out of hand.
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