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San Francisco Entertainment Commission Approves America’s Cup Music Venue

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Entertainment Commission has given its blessing to plans for a series of concerts at a temporary venue being built for the America’s Cup competition.

At a hearing on Tuesday night, the Entertainment Commission unanimously approved the plan to hold a series of concerts at the venue at Piers 27/29. The original plan for the America’s Cup Concert Series was scaled back by organizers after concerns were raised by neighbors on Telegraph Hill.

Now, instead of 40 concerts being held at the venue, there will be 30. Speakers will face the Bay and not area homes. A community hotline will be set up to take noise complaints. And organizers also agreed to end concerts earlier than had been originally scheduled – at 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11:00 p.m. on weekends.

While most who attended the hearing were in favor of the revised plan, others voiced their displeasure, mainly citing expected noise and traffic issues. Neighbors with the Telegraph Hill Dwellers submitted a letter to the commission, calling for more compromise from organizers.

Those opponents could still appeal the Entertainment Commission’s decision.

The first concert in the series is scheduled for May 31, with Imagine Dragons set to play in San Francisco. Sting, Steve Miller Band and Train are among the other artists who have confirmed shows throughout the summer.

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