Another Concert Planned For The Former Glen Cannon Golf Course – Transylvania County, NC
Last updated 11/5/2020 at Noon
JJ Grey & Mofro will be playing Friday evening in what is described on AMH’s website as a “drive-in” concert. As previously reported, there had been concerns over a three-night drive-in concert that took place at Le Parc on Halloween weekend.
According to Transylvania Health Director Elaine Russell, the Transylvania County Health Department will be debriefing with the state regarding the status of a concert held last weekend on the Le Parc, LLC property, the site of the former Glen Cannon golf course property.
“We are waiting to hear what their interpretation of the conduct of the weekend is,” Russell said.
The event was proposed as a “drive-in” concert from Oct. 29-31, and featured the music group Greensky Bluegrass. It was orchestrated by the for-profit Asheville Music Hall, which has partnered with the nonprofit Harmonia, out of Asheville. Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order 169, which was extended on Oct. 21, calls for smaller outdoor entertainment venues with seating, such as arenas and amphitheaters, to operate at 30 percent capacity or 100 guests, whichever is less. Because the event allows for concert-goers to get out of their cars, the event no longer fell under the guidelines of a “drive-in” as described in the Governor’s Executive Order, according to officials.
Brian Good, an operating partner with the Asheville Music Hall, could not be reached for comment.
Transylvania County Manager Jaime Laughter said county deputies were on site at the previous concert, along with public health.
“We did have staff onsite, and there was a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office there measuring with the noise meter,” she said.
The local mass gathering ordinance noise level allows for no more than 70 decibels “at the property line.”
“We also had public health on site to get a visual on it, and though we did receive a lot of complaints about noise that were called in, I did get to talk to the deputy who was taking measurements and it was in compliance throughout the concert,” Laughter said.
Laugher said this weekend’s concert also doesn’t have to go through the local mass gathering ordinance process because it is still exempt due to its sponsorship from through the nonprofit, Harmonia. The county enforces the local mass gathering ordinance, and, at the state’s orders, enforcement is at a local level, though up to the state to interpret the ordinance.
“The state has copied us on reviews and plans,” Laughter said.
Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said no enforcement had to be taken at the event and that his office worked with local and state officials.
“We did assist with traffic control as the concert let out, just to try to help make the exit of those vehicles a little bit easier, and provided extra patrol in the area,” he said.