Sunday, January 19, 2014

Musicians, protesters denounce sound ordinance

Hat tip and thanks to Ben Kappel of New Orleans for this inspired piece of good news, Yes. Go On!--steve fly


Musicians, protesters denounce sound ordinance

Trombone player Glen David Andrews led a band of musicians and members of New Orleans’ music community on Friday as they paraded into the City Council chamber, where they performed a quick jazz funeral for a withdrawn sound ordinance they feared would have irreparably damaged their ability to play music in New Orleans.

Singing “Music ain’t a crime,” the group danced into the hastily opened chamber, where they performed the traditional funeral hymn “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” then finished with the Rebirth Brass Band’s “Do Whatcha Wanna,” along with the chorus of “The Treme Song” — “buckjumping and having fun.”
The second line followed an emotional rally across the street in Duncan Plaza that attracted about 300 music fans and musicians from across the spectrum, including Frenchmen Street mainstays Alex McMurray, Washboard Chaz and Margie Perez; members of the rock/ska band The Scorseses; singer Dayna Kurtz; and DJ Quickie Mart.

The focus of the rally was a proposed ordinance that has already been at least partially scrapped. After a public outcry about some of its provisions, Councilwomen Stacy Head and Kristin Gisleson Palmer withdrew it late Thursday, saying they will craft a new ordinance that will focus more narrowly on the French Quarter and Bourbon Street.



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