Mimi's in the Marigny — the popular bar that's been a flashpoint for noise complaints by some neighbors — received a mayoralty permit Sept. 6 to resume presenting live music, but the artist most associated with Mimi's, DJ Soul Sister (aka Melissa Weber), issued a statement saying she won't return, but will instead continue to present her popular Saturday night "Hustle" dance parties at the Hi-Ho Lounge, where she moved earlier this year. "I could win a Grammy Award and a Nobel Peace Prize," Weber wrote, "and the decision makers (whether this is a neighborhood association, the city, neighbors, etc.) would still banish me to the 'DJ' ghetto."
The noise fracas is far from over. Hear the NOLA Music, the group most associated with trying to pull the plug on Mimi's DJ nights and live music, plans to fight the city permit. Lorelei Cropley, a spokesperson for the group, issued her own statement, saying Hear the NOLA Music will fight "illegal music at Mimi's and take it all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary." — KEVIN ALLMAN