Thursday, June 21, 2012

Live @ Five returns to the 400 block of Bank Street this Friday with Jimmy G and the Sidewinders.

The city's Live @ Five summertime concert series returns to the 400 block of Bank Street this Friday, June 22. Jimmy G and the Sidewinders will perform, and there is not a cover charge.

It is my understanding that the Bank Street venue will remain the same for the remainder of the summer. On June 29, the featured band is Sub-Urban Situation. There will be no Live @ Five on July 6 owing to the annual 3rd of July concert and fireworks show earlier in the week, but it will resume on July 13 and continue on Fridays through the end of August.

Last week was the first collective effort by NABC and the city to render the Bank Street temporary fest site suitable according to what is expected of us by the state of Indiana's Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC). In order to obtain these weekly temporary permits, we must provide the ATC with a floor plan that shows where and how we will be running the event. There must be fencing or barricades, delineated entrances, and a division between the over-21 beer serving area (the bar) and the all-ages area (the family room).

A key point is this: During the Live @ Five shows, while it may seem perfectly reasonable to buy a beer at Bank Street Brewhouse and carry it into the festival area to drink, this is not permitted. Nor is it allowable to buy the beer inside the fest area and carry it out. For the purpose of licensing, the Live @ Five grounds and Bank Street Brewhouse are entirely separate entities.

Please remember this when you attend Live @ Five. For this Friday's show and the ones to come, we're implementing a modified festival layout to ensure compliance with relevant state laws. The same one will be used for Saturday night's Art Walk party, and also future events in the vicinity, providing a better event template for set-ups, tear-downs and the shows themselves. Thank you for your support.

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