Music A Few Notes About Atlas
posted by June 30 at 11:42 AMon
Maybe I was naive, but I really didn’t think Atlas was going to get shut down over this story. It seemed like they were in the process of getting things up to code and working to have an inspectionóunless they were just stalling or bullshitting about all that. I’m sorry it did get shut down, or that it won’t be able to get the proper permitting or whatever. That’s a shame. But I don’t write fire codes. I write music stories.
What I thought might happen was that Atlas would get the fire inspection they’d been telling me for weeks, months maybe, that they were working towards, and then they’d get to work on the needed improvements. Or not.
The store’s owner, when last I spoke to him, said he had no reservations about the story going forward. Seems to me like the problem at Atlas isn’t people knowing about it, but whether or not the owner is actually going to support the endeavor, and whether or not the owner and the volunteers actually see eye to eye about the project. And you know what, I don’t think the owner was ever going to make the necessary investments to the possible venue, because all-ages shows don’t make money, and he’s a business man.
The cops/fire dept had already visited the place, according to the volunteers, before I even started working on this story. They knew about it.
The comparison made in some comment likening Atlas to the Egg Room doesn’t quite work. Atlas was working, they said, to go above board, and what they were doing was essentially legal. Running an after hours bar is essentially illegal, and the Egg Room wasn’t trying to go legit ever. We’re not going to write a story naming all our pot dealers, but we might run one about someone starting, or trying to start, or saying they’re trying to start, a legitimate small business.