Local Colorado Residents Mistake Bassnectar Festival For Earthquakes

first_imgFollowing Bassnectar‘s two-day Bass Center festival at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, residents of the Stapleton neighborhood of Commerce City–which surrounds the venue–filed a formal complain to city claiming that the bass from the concert rattled their homes. As resident Joe Quillin said in a statement to the Commerce City City Council, “I thought it was an earthquake. I looked and realized it was bass.”Quillin claimed that the board was negligent for ever issuing a permit to the notoriously loud and booming artist, angered by the fact that the city did not research the act’s music before giving the event their blessing: “To issue a permit for that kind of noise into Sunday morning is ridiculous!”Despite the anger of his constituents, Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford maintains that city imposed the most stringent ordinances possible to permit the event and refuses to denounce Bassnectar, defending the concert for staying within the outlined noise thresholds of 85dBA for treble tones and 105dBC for bass tones. Ford says that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was established in a remote area with the understanding that the events would get loud, and cautioned anyone living in the area that noise from concerts and sporting events should be expected. “There has to be a reasonable expectation that it is going to be loud,” he said. This is not the first time Bassnectar (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton) has encountered trouble with noise ordinances in Colorado. Last year, after performing at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, local residents were so angry that they petitioned the venue to cap decibel levels below the volume where the producer usually operates, effectively banning his return to the venue. Ashton bounced back from this setback last year with the Bass Center event at Dick’s this year, so we’re sure that the producer will figure out a way to get around these latest grievances and continue to get loud in CO.[Via CBS Denver]last_img

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