You can entertain some people sometimes, but you can't entertain all the people all the time.
This (to me) has to be the dumbest turn of events in the whole JC Penney/Birchmere/Live Nation fiasco. It would appear that the county, as part of their agreement, is going to somehow compel Live Nation into booking those performers that the county feels would satisfy the demand of the "community".
From the neighborhood listservs, via JUTP:
Mr. Leggett's main concern with Live Nation is that they are agreeing to provide a greater diversity of entertainers (including jazz, folk, etc.) that would be agreeable to our community but that over the long term perhaps they will start showcasing acts that are high profit but not necessarily in line with the desires of the community. The county is trying to figure out a solution.What type of socialist garbage is this? The government now decides what bands the people like and dictates that venues book them? Live Nation (aka Clear Channel) is a business and they are going to bring in acts that people want to see. Otherwise, what is the point of setting up shop there in the first place?
Well, I'm part of the community and I demand that the county make Live Nation book a fully re-united Guns N' Roses for a one-time show during which Slash performs a twenty-minute guitar solo. If this doesn't happen, I'm withholding my property taxes indefinitely.
To be honest, I'd be overjoyed if they just installed a re-programmed Rock-afire Explosion animatronic band salvaged from a defunct Showbiz Pizza Place. It can be programmed to play whatever music the "community" wants to hear. The one from the Laurel restaurant must be rusting in a warehouse somewhere awaiting a new venue...