Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't Stop the Music. Let New Orleans Street Musicians Play!

From Lisa AintTrippin Palumbo:

"Police just came and shut TBC Brass Band down again, for the second time in less than a week. They are giving street musicians enforcement letters with the mayor and police chief's name on the letterhead, and are asking for signatures in acknowledgment of receipt. Tourists and spectators were angered and horrified by this spectacle. The Young Fellaz Brass Band was also shut down on Friday while playing the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres.

The ordinances they are seeking to enforce are on the letter and it covers not just Bourbon, but any kind of entertainment that takes place between 8:00 PM and 9:00 AM, unless it's Bourbon St., and then it's 6:00 AM.

The spectators were angered and horrified, especially the tourists. By the way, the spectators were composed composed of tourists, locals and and assortment of other musicians (pretty much all of the members of the Pinettes Brass Band were out there)."

Media interested in interviews with musicians affected by the enforcement of this ordinance may contact Lisa Palumbo, and we'll get you up with the right people.

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