So our favorite pool bar has been getting hassled by the cops/city about the noise recently. The manager called me and explained the situation in-depth. They have to go in front of the liquor board about it and it's become a huge mess for them. It hasn't been a problem for 10 years and BAM - now it's a problem to the point where they may have to stop having bands entirely.
I can see how maybe *we* could generate some complaints (although we always try to keep our volume down) or maybe the Friday night band, but last night they shut down a small roots/reggae rock act. I can assure you, these guys were not shaking the foundation. We get complaints from people 30 ft away at the bar that they can't even hear us, yet somehow we're still "too loud".
Bottom line: now we need to pare down our system and start an hour and a half earlier (6 - 10p). I'm not thrilled about doing either, but we'll do what we have to do.