A year after the SOHO music festival was threatened by Mayor Mike Houston’s call for an outdoor amplified sound curfew, there’s a new threat to the downtown street festival.
Houston says a conflicting permit has been granted for a Civil War re-enactment group to use the Old State Capitol grounds and adjacent Washington Street on the same weekend as SOHO.
The mayor acknowledges that both permits should not have been granted, but says it is now up to SOHO to either find a new date or to move to a different downtown location… or risk not being granted a city liquor license.
If you remember how loud things got last year when the Mayor tried limiting downtown amplified music, surely this will get just as loud. Watch the video from last year where the Mayor's comments were included in a performance from The Station:
It's pretty wild to think that here we are again, a year later, and SOHO's future is uncertain.
The music festival has raised so much money in the past for local charities, it's very important that it continues forward.
If you feel strongly that SOHO should not be moved, be sure to express your thoughts and opinions with your aldermen or with the Mayor.
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