There has been much afoot recently in the local arts/music community with regard to the City of Bend’s new noise ordinance and the effect it has had on the town’s music scene and venues. I wish I’d been covering the situation more diligently, but a certain 13-day-old baby has been getting most of my attention in the past few weeks.
Anyway, let’s catch up. In June, the City of Bend passed a new noise ordinance. Since then, that ordinance has been enforced at venues around town, prompting some to adjust what kind of music they’ll host. As a result, at least two groups — Bend Residents for a Sensible Noise Ordinance and Central Oregon Music & Arts Coalition — have been formed, stickers and videos made, many Facebook posts shared, etc.
Anyway, the two groups are holding a meeting tonight at 6 at The Horned Hand, 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., in Bend. Here’s what the Facebook event page for the meeting says:
This will be a informational meeting for all interested in the new Noise Ordinance, how it is being interpreted/enforced and proposed changes. All are welcome to attend. Please share this with any musicians/artists/ or concerned patrons of the arts. We will also be discussing the newly formed Central Oregon Music and Arts Coalition.
Again, that’s 6 p.m. at The Horned Hand. Just two hours away. Sorry for the late notice; I’m catching up, too.