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RVA club petitioning for nightly after-hours live music

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What time should the music stop? Managers at the Camel Club on West Broad Street say being forced to stop playing live music before midnight during the week is bad for business.

They have started a petition asking the city to allow them to keep the music going until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

"The success of our business is at stake," said club owner Rand Burgess.

The club shares an address with a radio station. The radio station was not permitted in the Urban Business Zone back in 2006, and so the owners filed for a special use permit. The special use permit placed restrictions on entertainment at the Camel Club. The restrictions declared that entertainment must end by 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and by 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

"But it's definitely hurting our sales," said Burgess.

He drafted a petition on change.org that asks the city to allow the club to have live music until 2 a.m. each day of the week.

"Do it," said Kendall Chandler who lives behind the club. "It's close enough to my house. It's walking distance. I don't hear a thing."

Chandler says the area needs more live music venues.

"I'm moving right across the street," said Chandler. "A little bit closer to the Camel…I don't mind [the music] at all."

"I'm trying to stay positive," said Burgess who says a lot is riding on the city council vote. "It's pretty much make or break."

The club goes before the planning commission on June 16, 2014.

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