Up for Debate: Muni to get Musicians Hall of Fame

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:15am

After exhaustive debate over issues ranging from guarantees of revenues to the precise wording of the proposed name for the soon-to-be-rebranded Municipal Auditorium, the facility’s commission ultimately voted Thursday to approve a lease agreement with Joe Chambers, owner of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. For months, the negotiations alternated between encouraging and deal-breaking, but Thursday saw commission chair John Landers, MA General Manager Bob Skoney, Chambers and his representative Peter Heidenreich, and the Metro Law Department’s Cory Harkey all on the same page. Specifically, the lease includes a provision that, following the first year, Chambers’ museum will be required to not fall below $75,000 in revenue provided to the auditorium for any two consecutive years. What is your take on how the deal can benefit the Municipal Auditorium, the Musicians Hall of Fame and/or downtown?

14 Comments on this post:

By: serr8d on 7/22/11 at 5:58


Say, did they ever get ALL that marijane smoke scraped off the ceiling tiles in that place? I'm thinking the City could scrape, bag and sell that residue and make a fortune on the black market. )

By: serr8d on 7/22/11 at 5:58


By: serr8d on 7/22/11 at 6:00

Oh, I left a comment late yesterday for Judyboodoobie, and wanted to recreate it here, for to answer her question about RSS Feeds...

Hi, judybooodoobie!

On RSS feeds: go to the main page; look for the little orangey square thingers at the top of each section. If you click on one of those orangey square thingers you will be directed to your RSS Reader (I use the g00gle Reader myself; it's straightforward and only needs a gmail account to work.

Here's the feed for this particular section (City Voices). Don't know why you'd want it. It would have to be segregated off in the corner of your Reader, in a separate pen with the rest of the pigs and chickens.



The feed is boring. I tried it out to make sure it works. They've truncated the feed to only the first line of the post, to force you to click on through to the story. Gives them more internet 'hits', which they can show to advertisers, who like pages with lots of hits.

Prolly why they allow this swamp to keep going, to generate plenty of recurring hits for to salve the advertiser's worries.

Here's the content of the feed from this here post:

‘The City Paper’ asks its readers to weigh in on an issue of the day

and that's it. Quite boring.

Here's a feed I really enjoy reading. If you get a reader, be sure to plug this one in...


By: govskeptic on 7/22/11 at 6:09

Looks like the City, while not a give away, comes up with a close enough arrangement
to look about the same on this. This privately owned museum will now use the
space to require more and more from the City and taxpayers as time goes on.
Their leverage comes through some silly negotiations that took place in taking space
they had previously been used that was taken for the Music City Center!
Now the Municipal auditorium will be even more restricted on the events it can handle.
It appears that nothing can happen in this city without a subsidy from the public!

By: gdiafante on 7/22/11 at 6:25

"It appears that nothing can happen in this city without a subsidy from the public!"

I second that emotion.

By: Kosh III on 7/22/11 at 6:51

What will it be renamed? The Karl Dean Corporate Welfare Palace?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/22/11 at 6:55

Good. I am glade it is back.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/22/11 at 7:18

After waiting 30 min to see if yogi would meet me at the truck stop, I got tire of waiting to see if he would be there. Now 17 min has gone by after I post that I am going to work, the old man (and I am using the word man loosely) says he will be there.

Now later in the day he post this.
By: yogiman on 7/21/11 at 3:59
Well, children,

Why didn't your buddy dumba.. stop at the truck stop? ( Becase I went to work instead of waiting on a fool. Can't you read) I went in at 10:50 and waited until 11:15. The only man who came into the truck stop alone was one who came in, bought a bag of (looked like chips) and went back out the door. Did he have a woman with him to protect him?

In that 25 minute time period there wasn't more that 8 people in the stop and only the one came in after I arrived. (Really at a busy Truck stop)

Ah well, he didn't get the chance to beat the hell out of me. Sorry he was so disappointed. (Now this makes a lot of sense…. What am I thinking it is a yogi? LOL)

I never said anything about beating you up, which I think would not be hard to do.

I will be there tomorrow at 11 AM. This time I won't wait to see if you are the man you think you are. If you want to take a swing, be my guest.

By: yogiman on 7/22/11 at 8:24

Read my post on the other site, dumba... I am already obligated for tomorrow. Maybe the next day you're going over I-40E?

Did you stop yesterday? Was you that man who came in and bought that bag of 'chips' and left?

Didn't you notice that old man standing there by the door? Couldn't you have asked your "friend" there to identify me? You've made several remarks about him talking about me.

But you know, its funny, I haven't been able to see any employee at that truck stop that knows me. At least I don't know any of them.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 7/22/11 at 8:42

Thank you Serr8d, I will try to decipher your instructions. What I wondered is if there is a way to tell when a new post to a issue was made. To keep from constantly checking back.

By: brrrrk on 7/22/11 at 9:18

govskeptic said

"It appears that nothing can happen in this city without a subsidy from the public!"

City hell, what about the entire state?

"At least one rating agency has warned that states could suffer if the federal government defaults. Any downgrade of the nation's stellar credit rating could pull down the Triple A rating of five states -- Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday."


By: serr8d on 7/22/11 at 6:18

Judy, the information I gave to you only applies to RSS feeds on the entire section of the NCP that you find an orange RSS symbol (see more here):


You'll find RSS feed here only for new 'posts' inside a particular 'segment' of NCP (e.g. City Voices, Sports, News). I'm now thinking you want to find an RSS feed for the 'Comments' to a particular post, say, this one.

If that's the case, NCP does not have 'post comment RSS feed' available. That's a bit of sophistication that is likely beyond this establishment, and I might have mentioned they actually like it when you click and click and click?

Heck, NCP doesn't even allow commenters to use hyperlinks. Any 'real' blog or forum worth it's salt allows (and encourages) hyperlinks, and some even feature 'trackbacks'. But here? Hmmmph.

This is really the bottom of the barrel.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 7/23/11 at 4:11

Thanks Serr8d

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