Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli has notified the Water Street Music that it must stop hosting events immediately. The popular live music venue, located at 204 North Water Street, was denied renewal of its entertainment license, because "there are justifiable concerns" regarding its ability to operate in compliance with all State and Local laws," Ciminelli wrote.
The letter listed eight points of violation of the Code of the City of Rochester and the Police Chief's Rules and Regulations. These include "failure to maintain control of the premise" on March 14, 2015, when shots were fired in the area of the establishment and "nearly struck a person standing in front of the venue," and failure to maintain control again on June 15, 2015, when a male standing in front of the venue "refused to comply with police orders to disperse and became combative with police, resulting in an arrest for disorderly conduct." The counts of violations continue through February 27 of this year.
Water Street Music Hall - one of Rochester's only mid-sized music venues, capable of hosting 1,000 patrons - has hosted a wide range of musical acts, including St. Vincent, The Buddhahood, and YoGotti. It has also been the venue for numerous benefit concerts. But it has been plagued with shifts in management and booking over the past couple of years.
Water Street's owners may appeal by responding to the letter within 10 days of receipt (the police chief's letter was dated March 1). The venue's previous entertainment license expired on January 31, 2016, and thus it is currently unable to host any public events.