PORTLAND – The city of Portland is cracking down on the street musicians that provide the soundtrack for Northeast Alberta Street’s Last Thursday festival.
Starting this Thursday, musicians who can be heard from 125 feet away—or about half a city block—will be warned. Those who still can't keep the noise down will get a $250 citation.
City leaders said they want to ensure the monthly festival is held to the same standards as every other event in the city.
Noise control officer Paul Van Orden told KGW the rule can actually lead to more music at the event.
“At Last Thursday, if street musicians are playing that standard, it means that more musicians can play,” he said. “It means that neighbors can have a reasonable sound level in the neighborhood and it means we have a successful event.”
The city recently began enforcing a 9 p.m. curfew for Last Thursday, based on neighbor complaints.
Background: Neighbors still leary of Last Thursday issues