A week after New Orleans City Hall pulled the plug on the Circle Bar's concert calendar, the bar received its live entertainment permit and live music returned to the Lee Circle staple. The bar (as well as the St. Claude Avenue club Siberia) was targeted by the city's Department of Revenue last month. Circle Bar co-owner Dave Clements couldn't produce the bar's live entertainment permit and was denied when he reapplied for a new one. On Aug. 1, Clements scrapped the live music schedule, and that weekend more than 50 musicians gathered at the bar to sign affidavits showing their support that the bar could present to the city.
On Aug. 9, the city's Office of Safety and Permits and the Department of Revenue approved a live entertainment permit. The staff was "cooperative, nice and professional" in helping him through the permit process, Clements said. Despite some criticism aimed at the city for its scrutiny of entertainment licenses, Clements told Gambit that he thought "there did not seem [to be] a concerted effort to squash live music."
— Alex Woodward