Paul McCartney plays surprise concert in N.Y.’s Times Square
But with 3-5 shows each month, he is able to keep the place running, and help keep the touring bands he admires afloat. “A regular bar is always going to have their profits in mind,” Riesco says. “A lot of bands, a lot of times, when they don’t draw enough people, they have to pay the consequences. A small touring band cannot afford to lose money on a gig because they need the money to get to the next stop. With us, we dedicate ourselves to taking care of those bands.” What’s stopping anyone from turning their home or warehouse into a music venue? Orlando noise ordinances, for one thing. Outside the downtown area, outdoor sounds after 10 p.m. must be no louder than 55 decibels in residential areas and 65 decibels roughly the level of regular conversation in commercial zones such as the one The 13 inhabits. And if venues are allowing drinks to be consumed, alcohol laws can also blur the line between what authorities consider a house party or a “show.” “As the world continues to evolve, I don’t think we’ve anticipated every way somebody’s come up with to get around some of these rules,” says the city of Orlando’s code enforcement manager, Mike Rhodes. “In some cases, what they’re doing may not be a problem at all. From time to time it does pop up as a problem, whether it’s the noise or the crowds or the traffic … But by and large, if we’ve got the opportunity to try and work with someone, we’re going to try and do that.” So far, Riesco says that relations are cordial with Edgewood police, who check in occasionally at larger shows. Tim McMahon has similar tales to tell at The Acre, a property off Edgewater Drive that serves as one of Orlando’s most eclectic outdoor venues.
The couple have a four-year-old son together. Pharrell Williams married his sweetheart Helen Lasichanh on Saturday. The Grammy award-winning hitmaker, 40, made an honest woman of his lady love in a fun-filled Miami, Florida fete, Us Weekly confirmed. PHOTOS: SHHH! SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in Miami. The wedding included a mini-concert by Usher and Busta Rhymes. Lasichanh, who is also the mother of the couple’s son Rocket, 4, and Pharrell were seen posing for wedding photos aboard a yacht named “Never Say Never.” The bride and groom stuck to their signature eclectic fashion sense, wearing plaid ensembles for the Terry Richardson shoot. They later tied the knot at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, according to Just Jared. INFphoto.com The Grammy award-winning producer and his new bride matched in plaid outfits for a wedding photo shoot. “Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding,” a source told Us Weekly. “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.” The “Get Lucky” singer previously gushed about his relationship with Lasichanh, and their family in an interview with the “Today” show.
Pharrell Williams marries Helen Lasichanh in Florida; Usher, Busta Rhymes perform mini concert at ceremony
Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York’s Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans. McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years.