America's Cup Concerts Debated Again Tonight

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    America's Cup
    The America's Cup Concert Series could have as many as 30 events between May and October.

    Plans for a temporary waterfront concert venue for the America's Cup sailing races are once again coming before San Francisco's Entertainment Commission tonight.

    The commission on April 2 approved a permit for up to 30 concerts between May and October at the 9,000-seat venue under construction along The Embarcadero at Piers 27-29, the site of the America's Cup race headquarters.

    However, neighborhood groups had sought additional restrictions on the venue, and race organizers have agreed to changes that will be heard at the commission's meeting at 5:30 p.m. today, said Jon Golinger, president of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, one of the neighborhood groups.

    Golinger said the new restrictions would allow up to eight weekday concerts, all ending by 10:30 p.m. Any additional weekday events would have to end by 10 p.m.

    The race organizers also agreed to put a neighborhood parking and traffic plan in place later this month, instead of waiting until shortly before the concerts begin, he said.

    Golinger had said earlier this month that his group was considering appealing the approval of the permit, but said today that if the proposed changes are approved at this evening's meeting, they will not seek an appeal.

    "People are still worried about how it's going to go, but they're trying to be a good neighbor and we're happy they're coming to the table," he said.

    Race organizers, including the America's Cup Event Authority and Live Nation Northern California, have already agreed to reduce the total number of concerts from 40 to 30 and install an acoustic curtain around the stage to reduce noise. In addition, a community hotline will be set up to handle noise complaints.

    The organizers were not immediately available for comment today on the latest proposed changes.

    The first concert scheduled at the venue is by the Imagine Dragons on May 31.

    Other artists scheduled to play there are:

    • Sting
    • The Steve Miller Band
    • Weezer
    • Steely Dan 
    • Train
    • 311
    • Heart
    • The Jonas Brothers 
    • Jason Mraz
    • Fall Out Boy

    More information about the venue and upcoming concerts can be found online at www.americascup.com.