Are Soundscapes the Key to Better Sound Management in New Orleans?

Last December, David Woolworth of Roland, Woolworth & Associates organized “A Workshop on Sound for New Orleans.” The city hired Woolworth as an acoustic expert when City Council considered updating the noise ordinance in 2014. A soundwalk he led on Bourbon Street late one afternoon illustrated the simplistic nature of the proposed solution as many Bourbon Street venues violated the proposed decibel threshhold before the crowd arrived and the street got genuinely loud.

French Quarter Fest: Hannah Kreiger-Benson In and Out of the Spotlight

Hannah Kreiger-Benson didn’t set out to become spokesperson of the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO). Prior to assuming that role in the fall of 2012, she was a student, a member of ska-rock band The Local Skank, and she sang in St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus.

Evan Christopher Wants a Place to Play

Clarinet player Evan Christopher has been one of the leading figures in the current conversation about noise and neighborhoods, but that didn't come from an inherent desire for activism. He was looking out for his own interests as well as those of other musicians when he would periodically write me at OffBeat to express concerns about tip jars as the primary source of income, and how that practice compromises the artist and leaves many underpaid.

Square Biz

The meeting at Kermit's Speakeasy in late September to discuss zoning and permit-related issues was often an unruly, unfocused venting, but one positive thing to come out of it is the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans - a group working to make sure that musicians, club owners and participants in the culture have a voice in the conversation. Today's newsletter lays out a cause for concern:

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