Street Opera Singer Krista Clouse Arrested for Busking in Alexandria
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.