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Chicago Bans EDM Events From Congress Theater

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It looks like community members in Chicago are getting their way, as Congress Theater, who had once played host to the likes of Skrillex and Steve Aoki, is being forced to ban EDM events in the future.

Chicago Bans EDM Events From Congress Theater

Here is the crux of the ban, as reported on DNAInfo:

TheCongress, which has been shut down since losing its liquor license last year, has faced opposition from the neighbors over EDM shows and the crowds they generated.

Now, under an agreement signed by the city and the Congress' owner on July 30, EDM is banned from the theater — regardless of whether it is sold to a new operator.

The EDM ban is tucked into a six-page plan of operation for the Congress, which has stood at 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. since 1926. The Congress had become a hot spot for EDM shows, with standouts like Skrillex, Rusko, Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Skream and Flosstradamus performing there.

The document, signed by Congress owner Eddie Carranza and City of Chicago local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman, says the "licensee shall not allow any EDM shows/events at the premises."

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What's real funny is how the city defines EDM:

music created by a DJ or multiple DJs primarily using specialized equipment and software instead of traditional instruments...

And an EDM performance shall be defined as a performance of Electronic Dance Music or any performance by a DJ or multiple DJs featured the playing of prerecorded music. Performers that incorporate electronic beats or prerecorded music in their acts shall be allowed, provided those performers either sing vocals or play an instrument(s) (or do both) during their performance."

Chicago Alderman (similar to a city council member) Joe Moreno says "My position has always been that I think this is a little stronger than it needs to be. I think it’s a blunt instrument but I do support [the plan of operation]. Hopefully there will be a time when we won't need it.”

He goes on to say:

“It’s not the genre, it’s the way the owner handles the genre,” Moreno said. “I don’t blame the genre or the artists, it’s the operator who has to be able to handle the crowd. Unfortunately, the Congress has a history of not being able to manage certain types of crowds.”

Via: NBC News

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