Sound level recommendations for concerts

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor city officials are still grappling with finding balance between what's too loud, and what's too soft when it comes to the outdoor Waterfront Concert Series.

The city hired Acentech, a Boston based audio consultant, which has collected data on the noise level of the concerts. They have provided recommendations on what the city could do to help reduce the number of noise complaints. City representatives are aware that the low-frequency sounds coming from the base is what causes the most complaints.

From the city's perspective, they are negotiating the idea that the sound level doesn't go over 115 dBA within a 1-minute average sound level.

Waterfront Concert President and Owner Alex Gray said putting a capstone on the sound level will detour artists from playing in Bangor.

Bangor Council Chair Ben Sprague said there is truth to any complaint - but he hopes people realize the benefits of the Waterfront concerts.

"We don't want to put limits (sound limits) on it. That will impact people's enjoyment and also impact the ability for promoters to bring events to Bangor. But we do care about the neighbors and this is a residential neighborhood."

The City of Bangor and Waterfront Concerts are still having the conversation to agree on a dBA level that makes both parties happy.


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