Thursday, September 6, 2012

Imogene + Willie's Supper + Song Series Squashed by 'The Man'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM


Local denim boutique Imogene + Willie has announced that their ongoing Supper + Song series — wherein audiences dined BYOB-style on food truck cuisine and grooved to free performances by acts as notable as The Ettes, Karen Elson and Caitlin Rose — has, at the request of the city, ceased and desisted.

There's a very comprehensive and sentimental explanation penned by co-owner Carrie Eddmenson and posted on the I+W website's blog. However, to paraphrase, noise complaints from the neighbors were an issue from the start. Even after having the bands strip down their sets and keeping noise levels controlled and within daylight hours, the authorities still showed up consistently to follow up on neighbors' complaints. The district's councilwoman, says Eddmenson, was eventually notified, and it was deemed by the police force that the business district that houses the store is not zoned for the noise level created by outdoor performances whatsoever. As admitted by Eddmenson, due to the I+W folks' "lack of knowledge about our zoning and the sound ordinance connected to it," they were "by our own fault, uninformed, and did not understand how we were harming the peace of our neighborhood."

The storefront has become a staple in all those Nashville hot-spot profiles popping up in magazines around the world — among them GQ's recent spread on Nashville. The lesson? Whether it's in the name of fun or the crusade against, contacting your councilwoman can actually get some shit done. But also, neighbors are the worst.

RIP, Supper + Song. Bummerino Metropolis.

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