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Raleigh limits concerts in woman's home

Posted December 16, 2009

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— A city board has upheld the findings of zoning inspectors that a Raleigh woman was illegally operating a business out of her house by holding several concerts there each year.

The Board of Adjustment didn't accept Bett Padgett's argument that the concerts were social gatherings for friends that allowed musicians to try out new material.

Under Raleigh's city codes, no more than three scheduled events like that can be held in a year. Padgett and her husband have hosted 87 since 2000.

Padgett is so frustrated by the city's stance on the concerts that she has written a protest song about it.

She now faces fines of up to $500 for each concert she hosts beyond the three allowed each year by the city.

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  • tws1234 Dec 16, 2009

    , SHE NEEDS TO BE SUED FOR IMPERSONATING A SINGER

  • Party Of Greed Dec 16, 2009

    The government should butt out of people's lives!

    Except when you're a hippie.

  • tws1234 Dec 16, 2009

    IF SHE DOESN,T LIKE WHAT THE CITY OF RALEIGH DOES SHE SHOULD MOVE TO THE COUNTRY AND PLAY TO THE COWS.

  • tws1234 Dec 16, 2009

    SHE IS A FAKE.

  • tws1234 Dec 16, 2009

    I BET THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WILL BE INVESTIGATING HER NOW FOR NOT REPORTING THE MONEY SHE MADE. SHE SUCKS, ALONG WITH HER MUSIC

  • raleighwakenative Dec 16, 2009

    I have attended the concerts and the music is played inside the house. Noise does not extend to neighborhood properties. Seems to be this is a revenue generating ploy by the city. What about political fundraisers, meet and greets for politicians. While admission is charged, it goes to the artist. Seems like the city got its shorts in a wad.

  • Centurian Dec 16, 2009

    AARRGGGHH! After listening to the audio of her signing (all 20 seconds that I could tolerate), I realized that only tone deaf listeners would like her music. This news story will beher "15 minutes of fame".

  • hedgy_one Dec 16, 2009

    I know these people. They live on a house inside the beltline that is on about 3 acres of land! The neighbors have not complained about the concerts. The musicians actually perform inside the house. Mostly people sit on the floor or in chairs. The gatherings are not large enough to cause noise outside except when people are standing around outside talking... This really isn't a business, but more like social gatherings in which the attendees are paying the expenses for the people who perform.... The number of people attending the house concerts is limited so that everything can happen inside. And, the music is not amplified! I think someone at City Hall is irritated with the Padgetts and is using this as a way to "get back" at them. Can't believe the City has nothing better to do!

  • ProudConservative2 Dec 16, 2009

    Give me a break. This woman needs to go find a public venue for her "concerts." I hate folk music. She should learn more than 2 chords before posting "songs" Online. Before anybody asks, yes, I am a musician and I have written MANY songs.

  • Go Figure Dec 16, 2009

    What about this qualifies as news.....

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