Chene Park issues statement, narrowly averts noise war between nations

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Earlier today, the Free Press posted an article about noise complaints levied over the weekend against Chene Park by residents of Windsor — a city in another country, across the water. The story received major placement on the Free Press homepage earlier today, even briefly appearing as the feature item.

So, what happened? Looks like the Ultimate White Party went later and louder than was expected, and this is due to the fact that the event was run by outside organizers. As Chene Park quickly issued a contrite and actual apology, this means that there will likely not be a noise war between the two nations.

Which sucks, because Michigan is forever poised and ready to start a noise war, and to friggin win it, too. We have the best loud music anywhere, and have for about 70 years, at least. 

Chene Park's prepared statement follows.

The Right Productions who manages Chene Park Amphitheater (owned by the City of Detroit) wants to convey our deepest apology to our good neighbors along the riverfront area in Windsor, Canada for any inconveniences a recent special event (the Ultimate White Party) may have had regarding excessive loud music that could be heard across the Detroit River. In no way it our intent to be disruptive and orto inconvenience theresidents in Windsor, Canada and for that matter here in Detroit.

The Right Productions has been in contact with residents who notified us ofthe problem, and offered an apology directly, conveyed the facts of the situation and reassured residents this was an isolated situation and will not be a problem emanating from Chene Park Amphitheater in the future.

The facts as we know them is the event was produced OUTSIDE the amphitheater grounds with staging and audio/visual equipment that was facing southward toward the riverfront area and Canada. As a result, music entertainment was readily heard across the river and disturbed a number of residents along the Windsor Detroit River bank.

Normal concert events and activities are produced within the Chene Park Amphitheater space. Chene Park was structurally designed and landscaped with topography that contains sound within the seated amphitheater area. All speakers and amplified sound equipment are positioned facing northward towards the audience.

Chene Park Amphitheater is celebrating its 30th anniversary of providing outstanding concerts and events in Detroit for all to enjoy the majesty of the Detroit River and beautiful backdrop of Windsor, Canada. Nowhere in the world can you experience a concert in a venue such as Chene Park with an international view.

We deeply regret this isolated situation and have invited those residents who were inconvenienced to join us for a show at Chene Park. 

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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