Concert goers waited outside the Alabama Music Box for hours after the venue’s attorney said Mobile Police were ordered to shut it down Tuesday, February 18.
A large crowd was still waiting by 9:30 p.m. in downtown Mobile for a concert featuring the group ‘Shovels & Rope’ and also ‘Shakey Graves’ that was expected to begin at 7 p.m.
Alabama Music Box Attorney Buzz Jordan said the business had been ordered by the Health Department to shutdown because of permitting issues.
The concert, however, had been planned months in advance.
The attorney arrived at the business just before 10 p.m. to cheers and laughter as he presented Mobile Police with an order that basically suspended the shutdown until the following day.
Alabama Music Box posted the following message on its Facebook page:
“Shovels & Rope on at 1045! If you thought the show was too early, come on down! We finally got our injunction. Thanks to a wonderfully fair judge Sara Stewart. It wasn’t the cops keeping us closed, for the record. They were doing what they were told to do. Small victories will be accepted and appreciated. We will update everyone on the future of AMB shortly. Thanks for the overflow of support and patience.”
Many concert goers and locals were outraged by the blockade, adding that city officials have been trying to shutdown the local business for quite some time.
The Music Box has seen its share of troubles in recent years with several noise complaints from downtown residents and legal action to get the business to move.
FOX10 News is looking into the matter further and will have more Wednesday, February 19.