Permit allows musicians to perform on streets of downtown Lake Charles

Permit allows musicians to perform on streets of downtown Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Local musicians now have a new option to get their music to the public. The City of Lake Charles is now letting musicians and entertainers set up on street corners and perform for tips.

With a permit entertainers and musicians can now play at the intersections of Ryan Street at Division, Broad, Pujo, and Kirby. In addition to the Ryan Street locations, other designated performance areas include four places along the Lakefront Promenade.

The idea was spearheaded by the Quality of Life Task Force, a local group of young adults looking to bring new life and energy to downtown Lake Charles.

"We have a lot of ideas. This one will allow young musicians who are starting out and don't have a big venue to perform. They can now come out and practice their trade and earn a little extra money," said Elizabeth Galan, Quality of Life Task Force.

The group had a lot of support at Wednesday night's Lake Charles City Council meeting. The City Council unanimously got behind the idea and looks forward at what's to come.

"I think it's a great resource for musicians to be able to come out and make some money... and not get in trouble. It will also be fun for the community to come out and enjoy local musicians playing," said Cedric Ferrell, supporter.

It's not just local musicians showing an interest.

"Actually from what we've heard there are a lot of regional artists that travel from Houston to New Orleans and would like to stop -- not necessarily in a venue but outside and show off their talents, raise a little money with some tips and get their CDs out there," said John Ieyoub, Lake Charles City Council.

$25 covers the annual permit fee. The hours to perform are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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