Effective this year, small businesses such as ‘Suya Joint’ (Trade) in the United States can have acoustic performers in the city of Boston without obtaining a live entertainment license.
This follows the signing into law of the city’s ‘Acoustic On Main’ Ordinance Signing by the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh.
“This is going to help this business here, so the business have to go to a whole bunch of bureaucracy and red tape and getting the right permits for entertainment. You’ll be able to bring acoustics right here in this very place.” Mayor said.
The signing ceremony was held at a Suya Joint Restaurant owned by a Nigerian woman, Dama Lizottee Cecelia, in Roxbury.
“We’re trying to showcase African culture in terms of the food, the dance, the beautiful fabric, everything we do in Africa. So this could not have happened like better timing.” Cecelia was so happy when her restaurant was upgraded to grade A: “Suya Joint is proud to have been given an A grade from the city’s inspectional services. Along with having Boston Mayor Walsh sign the “Acoustic on Main” ordinance, which allows us to have live music in our restaurant without a permit. 2017 is off to a great start, so come in and have a meal.”
City Council President, Michelle Wu, filed the ordinance which aims to increase traffic to neighborhoods, bolster small businesses and further support the vibrant Arts community of Boston.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by NAMSA president, Godwin Nnanna, immediate past president, Jamiu Giwa Bello, and president of Yoruba Organization of Massachusetts, Olajie Ogungbadero.
‘Suya Joint’ Restaurant is an elegant West Africa bar and lounge designed to appeal to the local Africans who are searching for a taste of home and to the Americans who are exploring the food and culture of exotic Africa.