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Anoyone know if it is legal in central Ohio? There's a festival in my city coming up and I wanna sit downtown and busk when there's a lot of people because my city isn't too big. Anyone have experiences busking? What kind of trouble can I get in if I do it and it turns out illegal?
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#2
Dude, if you're talking about comfest that was last weekend...

EDIT: High Street is really the place to do it. I'd go by Skully's, Thunderpussy, maybe Blacksheep(?), those places are all cool enough to not do anything to you I think. And it'd be the right kind of people. Also, Cleos, deffinately. The hooka bar, (if you weren't aware), right across from Army/Navy. Really cool place, and lots of people all the time, and a lot outside, specially now. I wouldn't bring your nicest guitar though. Haha.

EDIT (Par Deux): To answer your question, I've seen guys doing it, it's not illegal as far as I know.
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#3
Busking is protected by the First Amendment, with some restrictions. Laws prohibiting busking outright are usually unconstitutional. However, there may be limits set. Ohio may also require a license to busk. Call your local Attorney General to find out.

In general: don't get in anyone's way. Amplified instruments are not nearly as well protected as acoustic. Do not trespass. Be polite. Do not annoy people.
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Dude, if you're talking about comfest that was last weekend...

EDIT: High Street is really the place to do it. I'd go by Skully's, Thunderpussy, maybe Blacksheep(?), those places are all cool enough to not do anything to you I think. And it'd be the right kind of people. Also, Cleos, deffinately. The hooka bar, (if you weren't aware), right across from Army/Navy. Really cool place, and lots of people all the time, and a lot outside, specially now. I wouldn't bring your nicest guitar though. Haha.

EDIT (Par Deux): To answer your question, I've seen guys doing it, it's not illegal as far as I know.

no, not comfest. im not in columbus, im in lancaster, and the lancaster festival is kicking up. id be scared to play in front of cleos...that place is dirrrty
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no, not comfest. im not in columbus, im in lancaster, and the lancaster festival is kicking up. id be scared to play in front of cleos...that place is dirrrty

Haha, ahhhh. Comfest would have been a good spot to do it at. I should have planned a head better and tried that. And while Cleo's may rank pretty high on the sketch-o-meter, it's a cool place. You should check it out sometime. Assuming you smoke, otherwise there wouldn't be much point. Haha.

By the way. Rep it for the Ohio guitarists. We are few and far between.
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Haha, ahhhh. Comfest would have been a good spot to do it at. I should have planned a head better and tried that. And while Cleo's may rank pretty high on the sketch-o-meter, it's a cool place. You should check it out sometime. Assuming you smoke, otherwise there wouldn't be much point. Haha.

By the way. Rep it for the Ohio guitarists. We are few and far between.

yes, actually i do smoke, and ive been to cleos before. i love hookah, and even have my own. i prefer 1001 knights to cleos personally

but anyway, on topic, thanks for the advice. i will be using acoustic (oce i get new strings, haha) but i dont know if i need a license or not. ill just do it and if they say i cant i wont do it again, shouldnt be a big deal (i hope).
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#7
Check the statute. Might require a permit (usually referred to as a "street musician's" permit). I know in Michigan, you are required to have a permit, and they WILL bust you if you don't.
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#8
I don't know specifically for your part of Ohio, (though I should, I have family not to far from there and used to live in Dayton about 5 years ago), but Ohio as a state doesn't require a permit to my knowledge. However, your specific city or town where you are going to perform may have a permit requirement, or just restrictions such as no performing after 10PM or something of that nature. Check the city law, and if you can't find anything on it and want to know, then don't be afraid to call up local legislature or governing body...their job is to help you understand the law, and you are not wasting their time.

If you accidentally busk in an area where you aren't allowed, and a someone comes up and asks you to leave then just be polite, pack up your stuff, apologize, and leave with a smile. Hardly anyone is arrested for street performing unless they are jerks and try to assert your authority. If _anyone_ asks you to leave then do it, be it a cop, a store owner, or some random guy. A general rule of thumb is, if the people are pedestrians then they will just move on, if a person actually says something, then chances are he has some power over the property or law in some shape or form. I've heard stories of cops who say "hey, I like your music. Unfortunately I can't let you do that here because its not in the city laws...however you are free to do it in [name of city] just a mile that way, because their law says its alright."

A bigger concern is the festival itself. If you are planning on performing on festival grounds then you should really talk to a guy in charge just incase. If your performing outside of the grounds, then you should be good. If your performing on the edge...well, just be careful and move if asked to. It might feel like a gig or something, but go ahead and call whoever is organizing the event and ask if you can just perform in the street or on festival property...many festivals are artsy places setup by artsy people for the artsy community. A guy strumming a guitar in the sunshine just adds to the atmosphere, so there is a good chance they'll say sure.

Sorry for my novella...just hope I helped some
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