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July 22, 2011

Singers shut down by cops

Nantucket Island Inquirer (MA):

Nantucket’s popular a cappella singing group The Cobbletones was shut down by police on two occasions last week and fined for performing without a town-issued permit.

The Cobbletones, an all-male group made up mostly of former Nantucket High School graduates, has been a downtown summer staple for more than a decade, attracting large crowds outside the Zero Main Street building for their nightly performances.

The issues with the police began last week when someone called the department to complain that the group did not have the necessary street-performer permit issued by the town, according to Lieutenant Jerry Adams. He added that the group had obtained permits in the past, and were fully aware they needed to obtain them for this year, but did not.

Last Thursday night, as The Cobbletones were in the middle of their performance, police officers and community service officers (CSOs) informed the group that it would have to stop singing due to the permit issue. As the crowd booed, the store manager of Shreve, Crump and Low, John Vaughn, invited the group inside the jewelry store where it finished the performance on private property.

Posted by acapnews at July 22, 2011 12:00 AM

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