This time there won't be an encore.
After 20 years of catering to local musicians, the plug has been pulled on The Sheds. And now several local bands have to find a new place to practice - but that shouldn't be a problem.
Last week, the Richland County Building Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to uphold the fire marshal's order of violation, a result of unsafe conditions and improper occupancy.
Sumter Street Storage, near the University of South Carolina soccer fields on Whaley Street, let tenants know Friday that the music had to cease.
"It's a great location and it has a lot of history," said American Gun's Todd Mathis, who's been practicing at The Sheds for 10 years.
"But I'm sure we'll all find somewhere to crank our amps and bagpipes to 11."
Owner Richard Simoneau has a problem with bands practicing at other storage facilities in the city. He suggested selective rule enforcement.
"I can tell you three other public storage spaces that have bands practicing," he said. "If it's such a safety issue, why don't they go out to the other places and enforce it?
"I've lost seven or eight bands that said, 'We're going over there because there's not as much pressure on them.' "
Miranda Spivey, the division manager of fire and enforcement for Richland County, said the county inspects facilities for three primary reasons: if a new business license has been filed, if there's new construction or if a complaint is received, the latter of which attracted Spivey to The Sheds.
In November, she investigated a detailed complaint filed by Clif Judy, a neighbor who said he was disturbed by noise from The Sheds. Spivey said Judy described the scene as a nightclub while citing mixed-occupancy restrictions.
"Initially, we didn't know what we would find," she said.
The board of adjustment's Thursday ruling upheld Spivey's findings that "bands playing there constituted improper occupancy" and that conditions were unsafe.
The bands can still store their gear at The Sheds. But what's the point when they would have to move it to go practice elsewhere?
"Good thing we have our business paid for or this would've put us in bankruptcy," Simoneau said.
Local musician Tom Hall rehearsed for "Plowboys and Indians," the folk opera his band debuted at the Columbia Museum of Art in August, at The Sheds.
"I think it is insanely selfish to claim that joyous music played in a storage shed interrupts the hum of an air conditioner and street traffic," Hall said.
There were no safety issues, as there were no fights, fires or car wrecks, Simoneau said.
"After 20 years of bands playing there and never having one incident of concern and safety, for this to have originated from a lousy noise problem that was totally fictitious," Simoneau continued.
"I know the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but this is the biggest farce I've ever seen in government."
The biggest problem Simoneau had from bands?
"Cleaning up the cigarette butts and beer-bottle caps," he said.
American Gun was practicing Wednesday night when a woman, who identified herself as representative of the fire marshal, asked the band if she could take pictures for Thursday's hearing.
Mathis said no.
"She came back about 10 to 15 minutes later and told us we were in violation of an ordinance regarding occupation of a storage facility and we had to leave," Mathis said.
His response to the county's safety concerns was dipped in spicy cynicism. "Tell them American Gun says thanks, and to send the surgeon general our way next," he said.
That sounds like a potential song lyric.