Baldwinsville July 29 was a Sunday, the traditional “day of rest.”
When the Southern rock band Alabama Shakes took the stage at Paper Mill Island that evening, however, peace and quiet was the last thing on their mind. One of the tracks on the band’s debut disc says it all: “Goin’ to the Party.”
The July 29 party grew louder and louder prompting village Water Foreman Chuck McAuliffe to ask the band’s sound engineer to bring down the music’s volume to comply with the village noise ordinance. Village Engineer Tim Baker told the Baldwinsville Village Board of Trustees at their Aug. 16 meeting that the roadie responded not by lowering the sound but by turning it up.
Trustee Rick Presley discussed the sound volume at the Alabama Shakes concert.
McAuliffe informed the trustees that after monitoring the noise level with a sound meter, village officials at the venue told concert promoter Dan Mastronardi to lower the volume, but it remained as loud as ever. The trustees decided that the concert’s noise level represented a violation of its agreement with the promoter, and voted in favor of forfeiting Mastronardi’s $1,500 security deposit.
Meanwhile, the board invited Mastronardi to discuss the issue with them at their next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20. Mastronardi’s own company is called MAST Presents, and he’s also associated with Upstate Shows which books the Westcott Theater.
Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni said Mastronardi may end up getting some or all of his money back.
“There’s some flexibility there, but the main focus is not the money,” Saraceni said. “In fact, it has been a good year on Paper Mill Island. We’ve had very few complaints regarding sound levels this year, and we didn’t get any about the Alabama Shakes concert.”
The real issue, the mayor said, is that “the ultimate responsibility for what takes place on the island has to lie with the promoters.”