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Protesting Prop. 143: Ways to get noisy


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Q Artistry performing during the Super Bowl at the Super Bowl Village - DANIEL AXLER
  • Daniel Axler
  • Q Artistry performing during the Super Bowl at the Super Bowl Village

Musicians and loyal listeners will protest Prop. 143 (due to go up for vote on Monday) which threatens street performance.

A roundup of ways to join the noise:

First, get educated. Read Prop. 143 here.

Sign a petition against the proposition, started by Indianapolis Acoustic Music Meetup.

Tomorrow, join a procession at Monument Circle. Information from organizers:

Meeting at Monument Circle at 2:00 pm Saturday. Short Stop Prop 13-143 rally, then moving to surround Circle Center mall with music at 2:30. Bring signs. Bring instruments! Sing carols a'capella (Christmas carols downtown will be illegal on Tuesday if Prop 143 passes!) Bring friends.

Catch up with Kyle Long's column on the power of street performance.

Read this great comment from Ben Bernthal on Kyle's column.

"I think it's also important to think back to a year ago, when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra faced severe budget cuts and the locked-out musicians took to the streets to promote awareness of their situation. After several days of performing in front of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, which brought attention from every local news source, the musicians' lock-out ended and the budget was more or less restored. Street performing effectively saved an Indianapolis cultural institution!

"Not to mention the Get Down On It day last summer which brought out droves of people to celebrate the opening of the Cultural Trail. That day alone, I saw 8 marching bands and drum corps, and I even followed one, The Jefferson Street Parade Band, down the cultural trail to go to work. It pains me to think that these beautiful, serendipitous moments of music in unexpected places could be over for Indianapolis."

On Monday, attend the City-Council meeting at 7 p.m. Here's the agenda.

Let's keep the streets noisy.

A reminder that one of Indianapolis' crowning achievements of 2013 was celebrated with street musicians.


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