Seriously? Street music is part of the flavor of the Qtr and the city. Ronal Serpas issued a statement citing "numerous complaints from residents of the French Quarter" -- seriously? since he has taken office? It happens lower in the Qtr where people and clubs are creating noise in the streets, not music, which is far superior. Have there been numerous complaints from the Marigny as well? Street music gives the musicians, young and old, a source of income, and it means they are all doing something worthwhile with their time. If the police dept is interested in cutting down on crime, stopping music in the streets is NOT going to help. NOTE, music is the heartbeat of our city. It is one of the reasons people come here to visit.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would want to put a damper on tourism and our joie de vivre. Does the new police chief just want to be able to say that another ordinance is being enforced? Hope not -- there are much bigger fish to fry when it comes to preventing crime and protecting and serving. The ordinance should be rescinded. Perhaps club owners think their coffers would be fuller if the street musicians were not out there. Is that where the numerous complaints are from? Perhaps this is about money. It feels a bit like taking away "who dat."
I am reminded of the article on music in New Orleans that Chris Rose published a year or so ago; and he focused on music in the air of his Uptown neighborhood. In the end, music in the streets, filling the air, our ears, our hearts is a time-honored tradition in this city that deserves to live on.
I like this idea.
Wow! Sounds like it will not only be nostalgic but also modern in the ways that count. I look forward
to having a drink in the Sazerac and listening to some good music in the Blue Room, and I hope they do up the lobby at Christmas as lavishly as it was done in the past.
My first cocktail waitress job was in the Sazerac Bar. My grandmother worked upstairs in the accounting department for years, and back in the day, my grandfather was captain of the Blue Room for a while. I remember listening to stories about his serving some of our local clergy there pouring Manhattans out of a coffee pot into coffee cups for them.
My hat is off to those who had the vision to revitalize the Roosevelt keeping its history alive.
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