Jon Langston Fined For Shotgunning A Beer At New Hampshire Show
Rising country star Jon Langston had some words for New Hampshire after he was allegedly fined for shotgunning a beer.
Earlier this month Jon Lagston performed at the Whiskey Barrel in Laconia, New Hampshire. In true country rockstar fashion, Langston paid no mind to a warning not to drink on stage. However, that decision allegedly cost him $1,000.
In the video above, the "Dance Tonight" singer defiantly shotguns a beer on stage, even with signs warning not to do so. The sign reads "PER NH STATE LAW NO ALCOHOL ON STAGE AT ANY TIME! $1,000 FINE. Artist performance may be stopped." The problem with this? New Hampshire no longer has a law that bans alcohol consumption by entertainers.
As on August 2018, lawmakers passed a bill that allows "entertainers and dancers in establishments that serve alcoholic beverages to drink while performing," according to Boston.com.
Furthermore, former New Hampshire State Representative Brandon Phinney noticed Langston's frustrated tweet and responded with:
"Jon, I am the State Rep that successfully passed a bill to change the designation of entertainers who perform in the state from employees to private contractors. The law change went into effect August 10, 2018. The establishment might not have known of the change.
By law, as an entertainer, you ARE allowed to consume alcohol while performing. The state Liquor Commission cannot impede that ability. If the establishment has their own policies, then that is their choice. If you wish to contact me about the venue, I'd be happy to help!
Also, neither the state nor the venue has the legal authority, as of last August, to fine you a cent for chugging a beer while performing. If they try to impose this fine, I'd be happy to assist with a lawsuit."
It's unknown if Langston paid up.
Jon Langston will be in Bangor this summer opening for Luke Bryan.
That being the case, it's worth noting that in Maine, it is against the rules for entertainers to consume alcohol on stage. The Maine rule states:
No licensee shall show effects of, nor allow any of his employees, agents or entertainers to consume or to show any effect of liquor while on duty or performing on the licensed premises.