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Nob Hill residents fight Live Nation over concerts in their ‘hood

There’s a big spat going on atop Nob Hill right now on whether to give a big-name concert promoter the rights to increase the number of music shows inside the sparingly used Masonic Auditorium on California Street.

The promoter, Live Nation, won approval from the city for upgrades to the center, including the installation of tiered seats and permanent food and alcohol booths in the front lobby.

However, the expansion effort isn’t sitting well with residents of the affluent San Francisco neighborhood who say that the increased parking trouble and large crowds at night will turn their typically quiet community into a rowdy mess at night.

They fear that the noise could echo around surrounding neighborhood streets.

At least one lawsuit brought by the Nob Hill homeowners association has been filed — more are expected soon to block Live Nation from moving ahead with its expansion plans at the auditorium.

The 3,165-seat Masonic Auditorium is also used to host high school graduations and naturalization ceremonies.

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