The Lil’ Boosie concert scheduled for Saturday at a North Gulfport Park is officially cancelled. Tuesday, the Gulfport City Council upheld a decision by the police department to deny a noise permit. It played out like a court room drama. For three hours, a proposed Lil’ Boosie concert was on the table at the Gulfport City Council. Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines says, “We have given this the best vetting that we could, and this noise would have impacted the community to the point of shutting it down.”
Concert promoters appealed Monday’s decision by Gulfport Police Chief, Leonard Papania, to deny a special noise exemption for the concert. In the end, the city council sided unanimously with the chief, a big upset for those hoping to finally see a Lil’ Boosie concert on the Coast. Nicole Pittman, a supporter of the concert, says, “It is a sort of unspoken hush that there is really never a time for us, and I say us as African American youth or young adults, to have that kind of concert.” The Police Chief says the noise from the concert would draw large crowds and create traffic congestion. He estimated the police department would need to dedicate 12% of its force to handle the traffic congestion. Another concern was proximity of the concert to nearby residential areas.
Many who live near the proposed event site say Tuesday's vote against the concert was music to their ears. Phillip McSwain, a resident opposed to the concert, says, “We didn't that kind of language in our neighborhood, speaking on behalf of myself and my community.” In a final push for the concert, promoter, Keith Brown, offered to reimburse the city for any public safety expenses incurred, but officials remained against it.
The promoter had no comment for Tuesday’s story, but his supporter, local radio representative, Michael Daniels, feels Tuesday’s vote is a show of hypocrisy. Daniels says, “I don't see any difference from the Gulfport Music Festival, when one councilman admittedly said there were complaints and it didn't get shutdown.” Gulfport officials say they will support a Lil’ Boosie concert if it is scheduled at Jones Park.