Owner of Randzz Restaurant & Pub in S...

Owner of Randzz Restaurant & Pub in Suffolk, Virginia Might Choose...

There are 15 comments on the Hotel Online story from Jun 10, 2009, titled Owner of Randzz Restaurant & Pub in Suffolk, Virginia Might Choose.... In it, Hotel Online reports that:

Owner of Randzz Restaurant & Pub in Suffolk, Virginia Might Choose Closing Rather than Pay ASCAP $14,000 June 10, 2009 SUFFOLK - Would you pay almost $14,000 to hear a local band play a cover version of Tom Petty's hit, "I Won't Back Down", Randy White might, and he's not happy about it.

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farmerfanny

Farmville, NC

#1 Jun 11, 2009
Something musta given them a reason to visit this establishment in the first place. Everyone wants to make a buck off something. Maybe they were seen as an easy target based on the fact they ARE a bit off the beaten path.
Bob

Chesapeake, VA

#2 Jun 11, 2009
I've been at numerous night club in my life and have never heard of such nonsense. I think the bands should know what they are entitled to play without infringing on other people's copyrights and ownership. If they insist on using other people's material to make a living or some extra cash, then they should pay for the privilege and be licensed according to the ASCAP's requirements. The bands are the ones that should ultimately be held responsible.
musician

Gloucester, VA

#3 Jun 13, 2009
I have been a working local musician in bars for 30 years and it is common knowledge that a bar or restaurant having a jukebox or live music must have an entertainment license. To try and push the blame on the bands is just ignorance. Looks like somebody should have done their homework before operating this kind of business.
musician

Gloucester, VA

#4 Jun 13, 2009
aaahhhh..ignorance ..check out the ASCAP website FAQ and you will be enlightened.

Since: Feb 09

Suffolk, VA

#5 Jun 15, 2009
maybe its because the bar is a biker bar? I think its being made clear that there is no room for bikers in Suffolk VA! Clean up the bar hoppers and maybe this won't happen in the future!
musician

Gloucester, VA

#6 Jun 27, 2009
Will Randzz be charged with more violations since they are still having bands play every weekend? Randzz stated that by paying $1200-$1400/night for a band ,the band should get the license. How many of you bands that play Randzz have gotten $1200..any open dates, I'll take one for that kind of money in a small bar.
musician

Gloucester, VA

#7 Jun 29, 2009
are these weekend warrior bands as they have been called paying taxes on the income they receive? Is the IRS next to come to town.
Suff Res

Smithfield, VA

#8 Jul 22, 2009
Simple minds... can you just once, just once, I know it may be hard, but just one time comment on a blog that is NOT negative. I mean, really... you MUST be perfect. There's no way you are a real person... nobody is as perfect as you, because you have all of the know-it-all answers for EVERYTHING, for every story, for every case and for every response. WOW, it must be hard knowing it all and being so perfect.
kat

Durham, NC

#9 Aug 18, 2009
is there strippers that perform here?
customer of Randzz

Middletown, RI

#10 Jul 14, 2010
I feel terrible about this, and would hate for Randzz to close. I can't believe this. First off, I do feel like bands should be made to get a license, not the establishment. They have enough licenses to take care of. Any Tom Dick or Harry can make money off of playing someone else's songs and they don't have to pay for anything. If they were paying to play at Randzz, then it would be "in my opinion" a license that the establishment should pay for. But if they are paying the band "then I feel" that it should be up to the band to secure a license. I mean, if making music is you business & your business (band) plays someone elses songs, then you (the band) should have a license to do so. And also,$14,000 is WAY too big of a fine for a little establishment such as Randzz.
So What

Blacksburg, VA

#11 Jul 16, 2010
So if the bar is a Karaoke bar. Does that mean the person "singing" must have a license?
Mikey

Norfolk, VA

#12 Jul 30, 2010
They also sent Happy Horse Bar down the street a cease & desist order to stop all karaoke or comply with the law. They stopped and didn't persue it and there was no problem. So no, Randzz was not singled out or anything, they just needed to comply when they were first notified and there would have been NO fine. Randzz thought they would 'change the law' and instead, simply learned an expensive lesson.
So What wrote:
So if the bar is a Karaoke bar. Does that mean the person "singing" must have a license?
So What

Blacksburg, VA

#13 Jul 30, 2010
And the First isnt under attack? Seig heil seig heil
fatboy rider

Denver, NC

#14 Sep 29, 2011
Simple Minds wrote:
maybe its because the bar is a biker bar? I think its being made clear that there is no room for bikers in Suffolk VA! Clean up the bar hoppers and maybe this won't happen in the future!
shut up and buy a bike......:-)
fatboy rider

Denver, NC

#15 Sep 29, 2011
shut up and buy a bike

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