Should the Old Town Opera Singer Have Been Arrested for Busking?

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Street Opera Singer Krista Clouse Arrested for Busking in Alexandria

This is an update to this post. Krista Clouse, the beautiful opera singer you have likely heard around Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested Friday night in Old Town.

Busking (singing) is LEGAL on the streets of Alexandria without a permit. However, if you use a noise 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, who was recently not permitted to sing on Torpedo Factory property, was busking on Friday night when she was approached by Alexandria Police officers (see video above) in the 200 block of King Street who informed her that sans permit, she was in violation of noise ordinance 11-5-4b. When she refused to stop singing with the device, she was arrested and later released on her own recognizance.

We were tipped to this video of her singing yesterday (Sunday, September 4) near the White House (That’s NBC 4’s Darcy Spencer doing a live hit on the left). The video got me thinking. As the video is playing, what is louder, the device or Ms. Clouse’s voice?

What do you think?

It remains unclear that, while Ms. Clouse has been singing on the streets of Old Town for some time, why Ms. Clouse was suddenly approached Friday night by Alexandria Police.

(H/T DCFred)

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Raul S
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Raul S

The buses passing by and the guy selling water seems to be even louder than the instrumental music. Lovely voice.

Jon Ustun
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Jon Ustun

Shame on Old Town and whoever complained! This professionally trained singer adds to the quality of the Old Town experience. She and many other performers of varying talent have sung there for many years, and their creative expression is one of the attractions of Old Town, ultimately helping the retailers. SHAME on the torpedo factory and whoever complained. Krista is a substitute teacher and music teacher who helps support herself by singing in neighborhoods. Unbelievable.

Larry
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Larry

WHO CALLED REALCO management of TORPEDO FACTORY or VOLA’s Dockside grill and Hi-Tide Lounge… KRISTA, we have just come to learn, was arrested illegally. In Alexandria… a WRITTEN warning must be issued before for a noise violation misdemeanor before you can later arrest. NOT VERBAL. The police arrested her for a noise violation and in the police car tried to discuss increase it to PUBLIC DISORDERLY CONDUCT before reaching the station and booking her for the original charge they cited as they had originally stated at the scene of the arrested as they SLAPPED ON THE handcuffs and went up… Read more »

gg
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gg

u mad bro?

spookiness
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spookiness

Something is wrong with your caps lock button

Millenial
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Millenial

Of course someone complained, she wasn’t as historic as the 1980’s garage townhomes the biggest complainers live in.

west ender
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west ender

Give Hal a break…everybody knows George Washington tuned up a 1965 Ford in that garage.

Lover of Hal
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Lover of Hal

Hal hardaway is a good man leave him alone millennial. Also what do you care, it’s not like any of you millennials can afford to buy any decent property in this fair city. You are probably too busy living in your parents basement trying to creat the next app.

duke st
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duke st

Is that you Van Fleet? Don’t you have an election to lose?

Millenial
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Millenial

I love that the friends of this guy Hal, who I don’t know and wasn’t referring to, think he is a notorious complainer. Such friends.

Of course, the fact that this individual results to a childish (and very clearly incorrect) slander of an entire generation just shows that they’ve really lost their minds When will this city get “Beware of the Seniors” warning signs?

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