The promoter said he used his own name on the rental agreement because he will also perform that night and is using the event to promote his music label.
For years, Gordon College has used Old Town Hall as a venue for “Cry Innocent,” a popular audience-participation play about the Salem Witch Trials. The college also opened The Salem Museum on the first floor.
Although it occasionally rents out the building for musical events, such as concerts by the Paul Madore Chorale, most of the rentals are wedding receptions, an official said.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who has been briefed on the controversy, said city officials are looking into a number of issues related to the Death in June concert.
“We’re trying to get our arms around it,” she said.
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