- Posted February 23, 2013 by
New Orleans, Louisiana
JIMMY'S MUSIC HALL: New Orleans' Rich Cultural Heritage of Local Music Threatened by Bureaucratic Red Tape.
The very fabric of New Orleans tradition is unraveling at breakneck speed as city council member, Susan Guidry, pushes to impose a forced moratorium on the sale of alcohol in the Carrollton/Riverbend area. Jimmy's Music Hall, located on Willow Street, is renowned for being a "BY locals, FOR locals" venue for home-grown players in this music-loving club and restaurant region of Mid-City. But, the fate of Jimmy's iconic institution hangs in the balance, while citizens and politicians duke it out over details regarding a questionable moratorium that will inevitably determine whether the beloved landmark will ever be home again to the "best of the best in entertainment" that the city has to offer.
This moratorium is added to a growing list of "new normals" being proposed and imposed throughout the "city that care forgot". Among others, there are regulations or proposed regulations of a noise ordinance in the French Quarter and auditions required by the city to grant permits to street musicians. These changes are causing a storm of hurricane proportions among the native musicians and music lovers, dancers, entertainers, club owners and restauranteurs who have neither asked for nor feel the need for many of these new seemingly counter-productive rules.
Jimmy has been battling cancer, but it is his dream that the Music Hall be re-opened and that the historic venue be allowed to operate as it once did, only now, under his watchful eye and as his health permits. His battle with the city has been lengthy and arduous, but he has the loving and dedicated support of, literally, thousands (and the numbers are growing by the day) who are circulating petitions, writing letters to their councilmen, publishing print articles and joining in the fight to "Bring Back Jimmy's". it will truly be a well-deserved legacy for this honorable, hard-working man, who has contributed so generously to all whose hearts beat to that good ole New Orleans back beat...that unmistakable beat...that will go on...if Jimmy has anything to say about it. <3