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Backyard Concerts Draw County Restrictions

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – The long-running noise dispute between former Bill Graham Presents executive Danny Scher and the neighbors surrounding his Kensington, California, home over fundraising concerts held at his 300-seat backyard amphitheater has finally met an end.

A temporary events ordinance was passed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors that smoothes the way for fund-raisers that benefit nonprofit organizations, but prohibits commercial events. It allows no more than 300 people at a single yearly event and authorizes the county to recover the cost of sending county employees to monitor concert noise levels.

If a resident of the county violates the terms of the permit, he or she is unlikely to get another.

Scher has hosted concerts by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and other headliners playing strictly acoustic sets at his venue, to benefit the Berkeley High Jazz Band and former presidential candidate John Kerry, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The ordinance, while limiting Scher’s ability to hold concerts, was not enough to appease some neighbors who wanted them shut down completely.

Scher had been fined $800 for three unauthorized concerts he held last year.

The vote capped a four-year dispute between Scher and neighbors. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers