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Local music thrives in Noise Ordinance 4

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CD covert art by Matthew Decker.

Four years ago, the local music scene was up in arms thanks to a series of noise ordinances in the county and city of Sarasota that made live performances a trial for venues, musicians and music fans. Mixed-use development that blends commercial spaces and dwellings might work in theory, but when the people living in those areas are unwilling to hear the effects of commerce downstairs or down the block, you end up with decibel-measuring smartphone apps and complaints to the police.

That’s when the first Noise Ordinance (NO) music compilation was born, thought up by three local music fans and/or musicians – Claire Franklin, Ed Midler and Katherine Derr – as a way to bring attention to the restrictive regulations that made it difficult for a vibrant local music scene to blossom. They invited artists to contribute songs to the collection and organized a massive concert to celebrate the release. It was a huge success.

Now, those noise ordinances have slowly started to relax and the fourth Noise Ordinance CD is more a celebration of the growth of local music than a protest against strict regulations.

“I still think the noise ordinance issues scare some people away,” says NO co-founder Ed Midler, who also operates sarasotamusicscene.com, “but I think lack of a knowledge of how to promote yourself, meet other musicians and become friends, make a network is a bigger issue.” For him, NO has become an opportunity for musicians to help build on the success they’ve found.

“I think that’s what NO has done, built a nice network of musicians as well as venues and sound engineers,” he explains. “At NO they get to meet the bands they want to hear and usually, within the first three to four months, you’ll see bands that never played together booking gigs together, switching members, creating new projects, recording together. What really comes of it is collaboration.”

Midler feels that there have been some big changes in local music over the past four years, with more venues open to live music and more success with local bands.

“I’ve seen a lot more bands getting out of the garages and playing, getting into venues and festivals,” says Midler. “Right now there are four to five times more bands playing on a regular basis, not only here but getting out on the road. Passerine for sure, Teach Me Equals, Reggie Williams, Sons of Hippies, so many, including bands that haven’t been in NO.

“We’re seeing now on the weekends anywhere from three to four shows, whereas a few years ago there’d be one show.”

This years NO CD is a two-disc set featuring 35 original songs, all by bands that perform in and have connections to Sarasota and Manatee counties. Most of the bands involved will play the NO4 CD release show this Saturday at the Cock & Bull, which has hosted the event since it started.

More than 30 bands will play on two different stages at the bar and venue, over 12 hours of live, local and original music. It’s Cock & Bull’s biggest night of the year and easily the best opportunity for local music fans to hear what the local scene has to offer. It’s also the first chance you’ll have to buy the NO4 double-CD, although you’ll likely see the CD at concerts for the next few months, since part of their prize for being included is a stack of them for the bands to sell at gigs.

A few of the bands will be familiar to NO fans – Passerine and Waking Giants (formerly known as Elysian Sex Drive) have been on every compilation since it began – but there are 22 bands making their first NO appearance. The mix of styles ranges from hip-hop to folk, blues to garage rock, and almost everything in between.

Hopefully, the only part of the local music scene you won’t find at the show will be decibel meters.

Noise Ordinance 4 CD Release Party
Band Schedule

1:10-1:30 p.m. –Stumble Creek Station
1:30-1:50 p.m. – Joe B.
1:50-2:10 p.m.– Devil Made Microphones
2:10-2:30 p.m.– Sandi Grecco
2:30-2:50 p.m. – Rexxx Parlor
2:50-3:10 p.m. – Dirty Ice
3:10-3:30 p.m. – James Cademan
3:30-3:50 p.m. – George Worthmore
4-4:20 p.m. – BudaRest
4:20-4:40 p.m. – Steve McAllister
4:40-5 p.m. – Waking Giants
5-5:20 p.m. – Passerine
5:20-5:40 p.m. – The Heart Machine
5:40-6 p.m. – Lesa Silvermore
6-6:20 p.m. – Buffalo Wizards
6:20-6:40 p.m. – Hymn For Her
6:50-7:10 p.m. – Red Country
7:10-7:30 p.m. – Didges Christ SuperDrum
7:30-7:50 p.m. – Seven Years Past
7:50-8:10 p.m. – Physical Plant
8:10-8:30 p.m. – S.N.A.P.M.
8:30-8:50 p.m. – Hale Dale
8:50-9:10 p.m. – Justin Layman & Sara Nelms
9:10-9:30 p.m. – KT The Legend
9:40-10 p.m. – Stones of Madness
10-10:20 p.m. – RaeF
10:20-10:40 p.m. – Human Like Toys
10:40-11 p.m. – Traphik 3:16
11:00-11:20 p.m. – The Wallies
11:20-11:40 p.m. – Cats in the Basement
11:40-midnight p.m. – Pink Taco Talk
Midnight-12:20 a.m. – Go Man
12:20-12:40 a.m. – Big Blu House
Not appearing, but on the NO4 CD – Applebutter Express, Good Graeff, Muphin Chuckrs

NOISE ORDINANCE 4
CD RELEASE PARTY
1 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
$10 (kids 12 and under free)
Cock & Bull Pub
975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota
noiseordinancecd.com
The first 100 people through the door and anyone purchasing an advance ticket online (eventbrite.com/event/9246349079) will receive a free copy of the NO4 CD.
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Brian Ries

Brian Ries is the editor of ticketsarasota.com.
Last modified: November 25, 2013
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