Not Taylor Swift, not Beyonce, not Avenged Sevenfold, but a humble campus-area bar seems to be the source of window-rattling sounds that have reached all the way to southern Clintonville.
"If people can hear it in Clintonville, it's an issue," Katherine H. Cull, the city's neighborhood liaison, said during the Oct. 4 meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission.
"We've received a notice from a neighbor of mine on Tulane (Road) who said, 'Hey, listen, I've had a problem with my baby being awakened at night from the window vibrating from the sound,' " CAC District 1 representative David Vottero said Oct. 10. "I've heard it myself. I've always written it off to there must be an event at Crew Stadium or a football game running late at old North High School."
Not so, said David Lupia, the neighbor with a teething baby girl who said he has been aroused from slumber by the thumping bass sounds.
In his frustration a few weeks ago, Lupia said he got into his car and cruised up and down Indianola Avenue and North High Street before finally figuring out the source of the loud music.
"The only thing that was producing that magnitude of sound was Midway on High," Lupia said, referring to the bar at 1728 N. High St., across from Ohio State University's Ohio Union.
Lupia said he tracked down Midway on High's Instagram feed.
"I could actually listen to these Instagram videos and hear the same songs that I heard at home," he said.
"It's surprising that a mile and three quarters north we can hear it at all," Vottero said.
Midway on High did not return a voicemail left Oct. 10, nor did it acknowledge an email and Facebook message sent Oct. 11, seeking a response to the complaints. Further messsages could not be left due to a full voicemail box.
"It was surprising to everyone that that was the source of it," Vottero said during the Oct. 4 meeting, during which he said he would follow up to see if the loud music also was a source of complaint among his colleagues on the University Area Commission.
As it turns out, it is.
"They said absolutely there are complaints about the sound issue," Vottero said Oct. 10.
"This is an ongoing issue," UAC member Andrew Frankhouser wrote in an Oct. 10 email. "I personally have filed multiple complaints regarding Midway. Again last weekend I tracked the source of the noise to Midway and took video from my house of the noise we are experiencing. When I contacted the police, shortly after the noise would die down only to return louder than before.
"I rarely hear noise from either stadium, OSU or Mapfre, even during Beyonce's concert, but I can hear Midway nearly every weekend. I don't know how this is possible and my only hypothesis from driving to Midway last week is that High Street is downhill from just past Hudson (Avenue), to a low point near the new Target (on High Street near campus). Midway is on the upside of the hill heading south towards downtown with taller buildings behind them.
"Their unique location, combined with their egregious noise is a direct line to SoHud and Clintonville."
"Basically, this has been an ongoing issue during the fall and spring," Lupia said of the music at Midway between about 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on weekends. "It was getting really, really loud this spring. It was rattling our windows, waking up our baby, who is teething. She's a fussy sleeper anyway right now, but the bass that loud was waking her up."
"Basically, I am just waiting on the city attorney for that area to return from vacation so she can look at all the police runs for that area and we can go from there," Cull said. "It is something that the administration is well aware is an issue and (Columbus) City Council is aware this is an issue."
At the Oct. 4 commission meeting, Cull urged people bothered by the loud music to call the Columbus police non-emergency number, 614-645-4545, when they hear it.
"The city wants to have kind of a paper trail of when the sound is bothering people and report it," Vottero said. "I'm trying to get the word out to the people in the neighborhood ... that they should report it so there's a record of when these things are happening."