NoHo music venue gets permit to open to public

first_imgA storefront music venue in North Hollywood that has built a loyal following in its informal location now plans to open to the public after winning a permit from the City Council on Wednesday. Kulak’s Woodshed, which hosts free acoustic concerts in a 730-square-foot space on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, has been operating as a membership-based club while city officials considered its case. “It will just allow us to stay there and do what we always have been doing,” said owner Paul Kulak after the unanimous council vote. “It’s simply a labor of love to cater to singer-songwriters in Los Angeles.” The vote displeased several neighboring business people, who voiced complaints about noise and parking. Other area residents and club patrons, though, told the council that Kulak’s is a “gem” that benefits the neighborhood. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kulak converted the site into a performance space in 1999. Since then, the venue has regularly drawn gatherings of 30 to 40 people for acoustic concerts, many of which are webcast on the Internet. While the venue proved popular with local musicians, Kulak’s showed a “lack of diligence in pursuing the necessary permits,” according to a city report, and the Department of Building and Safety cracked down last year. To bring the venue in line with city rules and appease some neighbors’ concerns, officials are requiring Kulak’s Woodshed to limit its hours and crowd capacity and to provide parking and noise mitigation. “I think it is a part of an infrastructure in our city where we do encourage that creative talent,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents the area. “Building and Safety will still be monitoring to make sure he follows the law.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 last_img