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Lily Pad shutting down?

Posted by Matt Shaer  August 11, 2006 03:55 PM

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According to local musician Rachel Koppelman, Cambridge's Lily Pad is being forced to shut by the Cambridge Licensing Board. I'll post again on Monday, but here's an excerpt from a recent email sent to the press, and to friends of the Pad:

the lily pad - boston's beloved forum for original,
creative music - has been forced to cancel all shows
until further notice. due to noise complaints, the
cambridge licensing board is obligated to follow the
letter of the law in serving the lily pad with a
'cease and desist' order.

a hearing will be scheduled and the venue is currently
rallying support from the community. the licensing
committee could not be reached, as it is already
closed for the weekend. we expect to have more
details on monday.

since its opening in march, when it replaced the
zeitgeist gallery, the lily pad has begun to flourish
as a venue honoring creativity and quality by
showcasing the best new original music from boston and
beyond. performers have included the best of the new
york avant-garde, such as the claudia quintet, as well
as members of boston strongholds like reverend
glasseye, humanwine, and the dresden dolls. but
equally valuable are the performers who may have no
other forum in the boston area.

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