The LILY PAD, which took over its tiny Cambridge Street space from Zeitgeist Gallery (which moved around the corner to 186 Hampshire Street) last March 1, had its doors shuttered by the Cambridge Licensing Commission from August 11 to 13. It looked as if the Fringe, the avant-jazz trio who’ve been a fixture at Zeitgeist/Lily Pad, might miss their regular Monday-night gig at the venue.
According to Lily Pad publicist Rachel Koppelman, the club, which specializes in avant-garde jazz, rock, and classical, had been the subject of several noise complaints lodged with the CLC by an unhappy Inman Square neighbor. But at a CLC meeting last week, it was determined that at least one of those complaints had been made on a night the club was closed.
So now the Lily Pad is again up and running. But there is a hearing with the Zoning Board on September 28 and, if the club clears that hurdle, one on October 10 with the Licensing Board about the venue’s application for an entertainment license. In the meantime, the Lily Pad has legal fees to pay and soundproofing to do. Public support is welcome.
On the hip-hop front: the ever-expanding local scene is getting a new boost from BLINK MUSIC. The Cambridge-based production company has a hip-hop contest up and running through October 30; details are up atwww.blinkcontest.com. And entry forms along with CDs (that have radio- ready lyrics) can be posted to Blink Music Studios, Attn: Hip-Hop Contest, 129 Franklin Street, Cambridge 02139. Include $15 per song. MIC “Producer of the Year” Nelly Protoolz and Blink owner/producer Tim Lukas will judge entries on performance, beat, and originality. The prize, says spokeswoman Jessica West, is “the full benefits package needed to create a professional, rack-ready production.” That includes 30 hours of Blink studio time and mastering, co-production by Protoolz, and a photo shoot by Andrew Swaine.
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Lily Pad: http://www.lily-pad.net/
Blink Music: http://www.blinkmusic.com/
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