Musicians Fight Plans To Silence New Orleans

(The Blues) Musicians based in the French Quarter of New Orleans have declared victory in a battle over noise laws, but they've vowed the war will continue. City bosses planned to debate rules which would limit the amount of sound which could be made in the area. And that, say artists, would ruin the legacy of the proud historic area that's closely associated with the development of jazz, R&B and rock'n'roll.

On Friday hundreds of musicians marched into City Hall under the banner of The Music And Culture Coalition of New Orleans. They took over the council chambers after a planned meeting had been cancelled, and accepted an invitation from Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell to hold a public meeting.

MACCNO spokeswoman Hannah Kreiger-Benson said: "We've often seen these issues around sound regulations framed as a conflict between musicians and residents. That's not right. We live here, we work here, we vote here; we are the residents." Read what happened here.

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