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Cary turns up the volume at Koka Booth

Posted October 22, 2010

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— Cary’s outdoor music venue, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park could soon be hosting more rock concerts – or at least that’s the hope for town leaders.

For years, the town restricted sound levels at the venue to 92 decibels – a lawn mower registers at about 90 decibels – out of respect for neighbors, but the Town Council recently voted to increase accepted sound levels to 95 decibels.

It’s an effort to attract more big-name acts after major rock bands, like Paramore and Stone Temple Pilots, rejected playing there because of the restrictions and opted to play at Raleigh Amphitheater, which opened this year.

Cary turns up the volume at Koka Booth Cary turns up the volume at Koka Booth

“The greater flexibility for your sound ranges, the easier it is for the acts to accommodate it,” Cary’s cultural arts manager, Lyman Collins said.

The venue has attracted some rock bands, such as Counting Crows this past summer, but some have spoke out against the policy. Crows lead singer Adam Duritz, for example, tweeted on his Twitter account: “Weird decibel level rules at tonite’s [sic] Cary, NC show.”

Collins says people in the audience were even asking for higher sound levels at the concerts.

“The goal is to provide a great experience inside the venue while minimizing effects of the neighborhood,” Lyman said.

The town’s decision is not what some residents living near the facility want to hear.

When Cheap Trick played the theater in May and Counting Crows in July, Bob Carpenter heard it all from his living room, 400 yards from the venue.

“It's very loud. You can actually feel the bass in the house. You can feel movement,” Carpenter said. “We're not satisfied with the way it is, and it looks like it's only going to get worse.”

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  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 22, 2010

    Sweet! I have been bummed since they lowered the decibel levels. Used to be able to hear it while hanging out in the back yard. Hope we'll be able to again!

  • Big Mike Oct 22, 2010

    Sorry about that neighbors........get over it for a few hours evey now and then...Better yet, why don't you ask for free tickets for your silence, and go enjoy yourself for a change...

  • carnival glass Oct 22, 2010

    Um...hello...don't buy a house next to an amphitheatre and then whine about the noise.

  • DahlingBella Oct 22, 2010

    I can fully understand the resident's concern. The amphitheater is located next to some very high end homes in the Regency area. I am sure those people who have paid $800,000 for their home do not care to listen to Cheap Trick's Surrender or the Counting Crows. I used to live in Regency and could hear venue's playing. It wasn't exactly pleasant.

  • tjwilkins Oct 22, 2010

    Saw Heart there last year, outstanding show, although was disappointed with the sound, maybe this will help.

  • Wags Oct 22, 2010

    Increasing noise levels in Cary?? Oh wait...the town of Cary owns the ampitheater.

  • notagain1903 Oct 22, 2010

    If you build it and restrict it THEY WILL NOT COME!!!!!!!

  • Axilla Oct 22, 2010

    When Cheap Trick played Carpenter heard it all from his living room, 400 yards from the venue. “It's very loud. You can actually feel the bass in the house. You can feel movement,”

    Gotta love that 12-string bass!