Now come on, surely you could have come in and talked to me. I am truly sorry you didn’t, as I have always had great respect for this town and the businesses in it. I have spent sixteen years of my life caring about it.

I do not like the music too loud myself, I do go out and talk to the bands, asking them to turn it down because of the stores, and they do, then some of the songs are loud and it seems to go up again, so I am out there again. There are bands that I do not have back because of that very reason. It is monitored, and the decimal point does not exceed the required code.

I apologize to anyone it offends, that is not my intent. My intent is to help bring more people up so everyone can survive and be able to put some away for the slow winters. I know my customers patronize your shops because I see them and I also see the packages they bring back with them. There are shop owners that are happy the barbecue is open because it brings them a lot of business. I am able to hire about ten more workers because of it, also.That helps many that need a job.

I will post your letter for the bands to see, so maybe they also will understand your feelings. I am truly sorry.

Joan Lackey
Owner of Jo’An’s


  1. The vast majority of businesses depend upon the tourists and visitors many of which dine at Jo'An's. The music creates the kind of atmosphere a tourist town needs to survive. To complain about it or to want it stopped makes little to no sense to me.

  2. I totally get what Mike is saying here. Some of us are trying to create our own environments for our customers. The volume that comes from the patio is completely over the top, and when doors get opened, an intrusive blast comes along with the customers — especially when one of their regular dudes is singing… we call him Mr. Vibrato for his extreme Star Search approach to vocals. How about going exclusively with the unplugged approach? Do we really need "Proud Mary" electric sets? The audience is now deaf…