Friday, May 17, 2013

Gip's Place HAS NOT Settled With Bessemer

 By Lee Waites
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As of 9:30 AM, Friday the 17th of May Gip Gipson has not reached an agreement with the City of Bessemer as has been reported by some news outlets. According to Cindi Gentry McGee, although Bessemer has made an offer to Mr. Gip, which includes a number of issues the city is requiring him to address, he has not finalized any agreement at this time. 

According to McGee, Gip's attorneys will be drafting replies today, including a counter offer which will allow Mr. Gip time to reach the goals listed in Bessemer's demands. McGee, who claims that Mr. Gip and all of those supporting him in this cause would love to see the relationship between Gip and the City of Bessemer return to one of friendship. 

One of Gip's attorneys, says McGee, was told by a Bessemer city official that the mayor had exaggerated the number of complaints regarding Mr. Gip's parties. She told BFP Music in a phone interview this morning that she, and everyone who attends Gip's parties, have no desire for there to be an adversarial relationship with the City of Bessemer, or with the Bessemer Police Department. 

McGee admits that Mr. Gip might be a victim of his own success. Although she denies rampant disregard for Gip's neighbors, she admits that due to Gip's popularity there have been more people attending his shows. She says Gip intends to make certain changes, which she admits are needed to keep up with the increased attendance. But she questions why Bessemer officials can't work in unison with Gip as he is willing to be a good neighbor. 

McGee also states that she will be modifying any activities which might place Mr. Gip in the category of a business. McGee says Gip just wants to share his music, and the bands attending Mr. Gip's parties have also brought a number of their fans as well. So Gip will willingly attempt to work things out with the City of Bessemer to protect Gip's and respect the needs of the community.       

The show will go on this Saturday, May 18, and McGee asks that everyone who shows up continue to show the utmost respect for the neighborhood. McGee will stop posting about shows in social media and will cease any promotions which might lend to the appearance that Mr. Gip is running a business.               

6 comments:

  1. WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT THE PLACE IN THE 90's !!
    SHAME ON ALABAMA GOVERNMENT FOR ALLOWING THIS KIND OF RACIAL BULLSHIT !!!! 'GIP's PLACE" SHOULD BE DECLARED A HERITAGE LANDMARK AND GIVEN THE SAME STATUS AS THE SADLER HOUSE OR OTHER HISTORICAL LANDMARK !! GOD KNOWS--the government is enough to give any poor man the blues.......jmo












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  2. Not sure how all the supporters of Gip's would feel if live music was blasting in their neighborhood every weekend until midnight or later. Not to mention, the streets being filled with 30 to 60 or more cars and strangers milling around who may, or may not be going to Gip's and may just be up to no good. Gip's is a great place, but, those residents in that neighborhood are deserving of peace and quiet. I think people would react differently if Gip's Place was located next to or close to their home.

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    1. They'd be raising hell is this was going on in their heighborhood! The lack of regard for the neighbors in this case is nothing more or less than cultural imperialism. What right do these relatively poor people have to interfere with these folks fun?

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    2. Have you ever been there? There's no raising hell in anyone's backyard, no wild people milling about causing havoc in the streets. You can barely hear the music because the stage is way down a hill in a building. People are polite, nice, cheerful, and careful to be respectful of everyone else. There are two houses across the street. that's it. And if you happen to be able to get past the crackheads and dead dogs on the connecting streets, the walk down the hill brings you to another world of people who just want to listen to a little blues and Mr. gip's stories.

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  3. Gips friends and supporters will be organizing a fundraiser to help raise funds to pay for legal issues, parking area, electrical issues, and several other issues that need to be taken care of. Anyone who would like to help with this, please contact Cindi McGee, cindig34@hotmail.com. To make sure it does not go to my junk folder please put in subject line: GIP Fundraiser

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  4. For all Gip's fans!! Come out to Overtime Bar on Lakeshore tonight (Friday, May 17th. Overtime and The LB Blues band will be honoring Gip Gipson for all that has been thrown at him over the last 2 weeks. The LB Blues Band will be performing. There is No COVER charge!! All tips will be donated to the Gips Legal Fund!!! Come be with us! Overtime has a great food menu. Come out and show your support for Gip Gipson and enjoy the great music with the LB Blues band!!!!!

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