After Phish plays Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Saturday, June 25th, Pink Talking Fish will continue sharin’ in the (Weekapaug) groove just a 10-minute walk down the road at the Vic Theatre. The phenomenon that is PTF has taken its hold on the jam scene, with the bands unique take on seamlessly weaving in and out of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish songs (purchase tickets HERE).With Phish playing their second baseball stadium of historical significance, Pink Talking Fish founder/bassist Eric Gould discussed his excitement to join in the revelry surrounding these shows, “Phish performing at Wrigley is something very special. I attended their show at Fenway Park (back in 2009) and it was way beyond your typical venue for music. Wrigley and Fenway are the last two classic parks of their kind in America and there is a unique energy involved. That energy carries off into the night with the people beyond the event and we are honored to offer an outlet for that excitement to continue.”This also marks the second time that PTF will be performing in The Windy City, after elites of the jam scene perform. Last summer, the band took part in the massive celebration that was the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well performances at Soldier Field with three sold-out shows at Reggie’s. Gould went on to say, “Chicago became a city of music lovers last year for Fare Thee Well. PTF built our own slice of fun in the middle of it and it was an amazing time for the musicians and the audience who joined in the adventure. Coming back to Chicago for this incredible event that is Phish playing Wrigley Field feels like a homecoming from last year’s chapter in our story.”‘Pink Talking Fish Are Dead’ Concept Proves To Be An Absolute Hit In ChicagoGould, along with Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar, have also incorporated tributes to recently passed icons David Bowie and Prince into their setlists, making for some memorable performances (listen to full audio from one of the performances HERE). The group is constantly pushing the boundaries of where they can take the music of all these legendary artists, and doing so with style and grace. The Vic Theatre performance is sure to be a continuation of the party that will be experienced at Wrigley. You can purchase tickets for Pink Talking Fish’s post-Phish Wrigley show at the Vic Theatre HERE, and find the whole venue’s calendar HERE. You can also enter the contest below for a chance to win a pair of tickets!
Cover photo: Henry & Co. from Pexels I must also warn of the illegal process of adopting the Tourist Tax Act. Namely, the text of the proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax, which was in the process of public debate from 19.09. 2018 to 18.10. In 2018, it did not contain a provision on the payment of a flat fee on extra beds, but it was subsequently inserted immediately before the enactment of the Law on 09.05. 2019 in the Croatian Parliament. This grossly violated the prescribed procedure for passing the Law. The interested public could not comment on the provision of payment of a flat tourist tax on an extra bed for services in the household and on the family farm because this provision was not in the text given for public consultation. In addition, the insertion of the said appendix significantly changes the significance and impact of the entire Act on the business conditions of the owners of accommodation in the household and on the family farm. This raises the question of whether the Law was passed in an illegal manner and is in fact null and void and subject to repetition of the entire procedure? ARTICLE 12 OF THE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH ARTICLE 11 OF THE RULES Article 12 I quote: Persons providing catering services in the household or on the family farm pay an annual lump sum tourist tax for each bed (main and auxiliary) and the accommodation unit in the camp and camp-rest area, ie according to the capacity in the Robinson accommodation facility used for the provision of accommodation services in accordance with a special regulation governing the performance of catering activities. – completed quote. Due to the above, I hold that the insertion of the obligation to pay a flat-rate sojourn tax for household accommodation service providers on an extra bed is contrary to the legal provisions of the same Act on full or partial exemption from the obligation to pay the tourist tax. Also, this provision is contrary to the provisions of the ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household and on the family farm. ILLEGAL PROCEDURE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE LAW ON TOURIST TAX? Furthermore, in the Tourist Tax Act (OG 52/19, in force since 30.05 May 2019, in Article 5, paragraph one, it is stated that tourist tax is not paid by children under 12 years of age. In the same law, Article 6, paragraph 1 states that tourist tax reduced by 50% is paid by children aged 12 to 18. So the most common users of an extra bed are either completely exempt from paying the tourist tax or pay a tax reduced by 50%. Having in mind the different treatment of extra beds in the Regulations on the classification and categorization of catering facilities that were in force for a certain year, today we have accommodation facilities with expressed and those with unexpressed extra beds. The current Ordinance also does not require the disclosure of extra beds. Consequently, it will happen that the owners of facilities that have a categorization according to the latest Ordinance will not be charged with the sojourn tax (and tax) for extra beds, while owners with an “older” categorization will be charged with the stated extra beds. Of course these owners will massively apply for a new categorization without extra beds which must be done by the end of this year. The large number of facilities that need to be visited and new solutions issued, and the small number of executors at UDUs, will create a chaotic situation and unnecessary tensions. CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH A LEGAL PROVISION WHY CAN’T YOU PAY A FULL TOURIST TAX ON EXTRA BEDS? I would like to draw your attention to the suspicion of the illegality of the provision on the payment of sojourn tax on an extra bed in a household from Article 12 of the Tourist Tax Act (OG 52/19, in force since 30.05.2019). The only possible payment of the tourist tax on extra beds would be after the overnight stay of persons who are obliged to pay the tourist tax. The collection of a flat tourist tax (and then a tax) on extra beds is too much of a burden that cannot be justified by anything. Extra beds are mostly used by children who do not pay the fee or pay only half of it. Extra beds are only available on request and are generally not charged separately. Their quality is also not the same as permanent beds, so it is completely illogical that tourist tax and tax are charged on extra beds as well as on permanent ones. If a flat tourist tax were paid for extra beds as stated in the Act, then an apartment with two permanent and two extra beds would be treated as an apartment with four permanent beds. This presupposes a new way of classifying and categorizing catering facilities, according to which extra beds become permanent. If the user of the extra bed does not pay the tourist tax, can the owner of the accommodation be required to pay the same? ARTICLE 12 OF THE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH ARTICLE 5 OF THE SAME LAW From the stated article of the Ordinance, on the basis of which the categorization of accommodation facilities in the household is performed, it is prescribed that the extra bed does not express in the capacity of the object except in the studio apartment (6).It is also prescribed that the extra bed (folding) is furnished at the request of the guest (sofa, two-seater, armchair, etc.) it does not have to be prescribed elements: bedside table or shelf, bedside lamp, carpet next to the bed and the ability to turn off and turn on the main lights from the bed (6). It is obvious that the extra bed is not in use except at the request of the guest, that it does not meet the requirements of the basic bed and that it is not expressed in the capacity of the facility. Accommodation capacity of the building is determined by the number of fixed beds, and in the studio apartment by the number of extra and fixed beds, depending on the area of the module. (2) The household facility has the following capacity: 1. single room – one bed (one person), width up to 120 cm, 2. double room – two beds (two single beds or one double bed), 3 triple room – three beds, if the area of the module for a double room is larger by 3 m4, 3. apartment and holiday house – one, two or three beds in each room (for the third bed the area of the module larger by 5 m3), 3. studio apartment – maximum four people on extra (folding) and / or fixed beds in an existing building. (4) An extra bed can be placed in a single or double room, if the area of the module is larger by 5 m3. (XNUMX) There may be two extra beds in the living room of the apartment and the holiday home if they are not in the rooms. (XNUMX) Extra bed (folding) is set at the request of the guest (sofa, sofa, armchair, etc.). Along with XNUMX of them, there are no prescribed elements: a nightstand or shelf, a night lamp, a carpet next to the bed and the possibility of turning off and on the main lighting from the bed. (6) Extra bed is not expressed in the capacity of the facility, except in the studio apartment. – completed quote. Namely, in the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household (OG 69/17), Article 11 states, I quote: Simply put – paying a flat tourist tax for extra beds is not justified, it is not legitimate, it is not fair. The only fair way to collect the tourist tax per extra bed is to collect the tax per night spent for persons from 12 to 18 years 50%, and for persons over 18 years 100% of the prescribed fee, according to the records in the visitor. LEGAL PROVISION CONTRARY TO OTHER PROVISIONS FROM THE SAME LAW