“Street Opera Singer Arrested in Old Town, Alexandria for a noise violation.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm 28 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to generate support for Krista Clouse, the street opera singer arrested in Old Town, Alexandria– for a noise violation. She often performs near The White House to the delight of crowds and secret service agents.”

The change.org petition reads:

“Krista Clouse, a talented soprano and street performer, was arrested and jailed by the City of Alexandria (Va) police for violating a city noise ordinance. For many years, Krista has earned a living performing in Old Town, Alexandria and near The White House in Washington, DC.

Busking (singing) is LEGAL on the streets of Alexandria without a permit. However, if you use a music amplification device, you need a permit. Ms. Clouse has said that the tips she earns while singing on the street help support her family.

Ms Clouse does not amplify her voice but, as part of her performance, needs orchestral accompaniment. As you can see in the video above, her voice is much louder than the music being played in the speaker.

I have often seen her perform near The White House to the delight of crowds and secret service agents.

City of Alexandria, Virginia: Let Krista Sing!”

  • FridayGirl

    … I thought the news said this morning that the charges had been dropped?

    • Jeff

      Maybe Popville is that effective? It transcends space and time…..

    • Anonymous

      It appears PoP is way behind the curve on this one. This happened 6 days ago. Charges have been dropped, the city apologized, yadda yadda yadda. This particular online petition seems to have even less of a purpose than the average online petition.

      • Anonymous 2

        Not over yet. Keep watching

        • Anonymous

          Oh really? You’re gonna have to provide a more substantive argument than that. While the protagonists may very well keep the wheels grinding on this incident I can’t conceive of any reason why I would want to pay attention to it.

    • Brian S.

      Looks like the petition was started before the charges were dropped. Besides the issue of if she can sing or not is still unresolved, right? Let her sing!

  • Anon X

    I thought as a commentariat we were uniformly opposed to street performers who’s noise level impacted the livelihood of others?

    • Anon

      God Bless the city of Alexandria. God Bless Virginia.

      • AParodistInThePortCity

        The Old Town Civic Association, in its quest to preserve historic Old Town, and stop eevil developers and cyclists, wants to keep Old Town a quiet place, as it was in the 1790’s – any 18th century port was surely very quiet and quaint. And had abundant parking.

        • Used to Live in Old Town

          You got it. Old Town residents are anti- noise of any kind, which is strange since the majority of them are hard of hearing anyway.

    • Truxton Thomas

      I’m certainly against this and other things that bring people joy, that’s for sure.

      • One person’s delight is another’s misery.

        • bruno

          Like cell phones ringing and bleeping :^0 Arrest those people!!

    • Anonymous 2

      I think silent boring streets with over priced whops and bars is a better look. She draws many. Ask Yolvove. Many evenings a Ghost Town now. Arts do play a huge part… and she is an amazing singer and draw and loved by the community. Most of these posts have been from bored negative people. I assure you it is not the vast majority.

    • Allen Matthews

      Busking cannot be prohibited in an area where other forms of free speech are not prohibited. For example, if busking is regulated or banned but people are allowed to conduct free speech behavior for pickets, protests, religious, political, educational, sports, commercial or other purposes, then the law is illegal. In the United States any form of regulation on artistic free speech must not be judgmental, and permits must not be so restrictive, complex, difficult or expensive to obtain that they inhibit free speech. It is also unlawful per federal court decision for law officers to seize a performer’s instruments or tools used for the expression of their art form.[1]

      Under Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 Conspiracy Against Rights, it is unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, or because of his/her having exercised the same.[2]

  • Anon

    LOL and I can’t get the police to even show up every weekend when theres a party on the street in front of my house.

  • Planner

    If Florence Foster Jenkins gets a whole major motion picture, this lady should get a street corner.

    • Anonymous 2

      Slander is not cool.

  • Raul Prieto

    Sings like an angel…

  • DC Noise complaint

    If only DC police would fine or arrest the woman that sings at 14th and Irving in front of the Chick Fil A. She routinely belts vocals until after midnight disturbing residents even after the cops warn her.

  • No noise machines

    Singing is fine. Singing through a microphone with speakers or a megaphone – throw her in the slammer. Opera is already annoying. Please do not amplify.

    • bruno

      A lot of things in public are annoying. Advertising is annoying, for example. Where do you draw the line? Roaring jets are annoying.

      • prgkmr

        I think amplification (via microphone/speaker/megaphone) is where they drew the line, clearly. I mean, I do have to agree ANYONE on a microphone/speaker in public is pretty damn annoying.

    • reality

      Move to a cornfield.

      • Allen Matthews

        Agreed REALITY1

    • Allen Matthews

      Spoken like a true non American sir. It actually enhanced the businesses and the numbers she drew to them.

  • jsauri

    I used to love street performers. They added a little charm to certain neighborhoods and gave the area a little personality. And I liked stopping to hear some entertainment with a group of strangers. Something the community could enjoy together.

    Then I got a job right outside the L’Enfant Plaza metro. And most of the year there would be some loud, cackling performer belting out the same two or three songs over and over. I’d have to listen to it during lunch and the last hour or so before I went home. I wanted to run outside with a broom and chase off the tourists yelling, “Stop feeding them or they’re just going to keep coming back!”

    I learned that street performers can be fun, unless you have to listen to the same ones every day, day after day.

  • Ricardo M

    Saw her today, near the White House. People were hugging her, taking pics and video. She’s a celebrity now!


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