Concert goes on, without permit

NORTHAMPTON – Solid Rock Ranch is going forward with plans to host a rock concert Saturday, despite an ongoing legal battle between its owner and the town and the ranch’s decision to not seek a permit.

The ranch’s Deborah Bant said Limbopaloza, a benefit concert for the Limbo Bar & Grill in Gloversville, will be held at noon today.

Bant said Thursday she did not file for a permit for the event, despite a town law requiring them for certain special events.

“If they are going to go after me for having an event with under 300 people, they would have to go after anyone,” Bant said.

Town Supervisor Linda Kemper said she was unaware of the event.

“They haven’t presented any application at all,” Kemper said.

The ranch is hosting the concert. The concert’s organizer and management at Limbo could not be reached for comment.

Bant and the town also are in a legal battle over her Mama Strawberry Jam festival, which was held in May after state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Sise denied the town’s request for an injunction prohibiting Bant from promoting or selling tickets for the festival.

That legal action stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the town in May, which argued the festival violated the town’s Special Event Permitting Law. The lawsuit is ongoing and is scheduled for trial in December.

The town passed the special event law in October after residents and officials expressed concerns about possible noise and disruption from the music festival on Maple Grove Road, just north of Northville.

The law requires residents who want to host an event with 300 or more people to get a permit from the Town Board and notify the town 45 days in advance.

The Limbopaloza will showcase bands such as Renewal of Faith, From Within, Accusations of the Insane and others. The cost is a suggested $20 donation.

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