Call for Native American musicians – Alpine Helen, GA – June 21, 2019
The Creek People define “Native American” as any indigenous person from anywhere in the Americas!
The City of Helen, Georgia has offered the Coweta Creek Confederacy, free use of its band shell and Market Platz for celebration of the Creek New Year on the evening of June 21, 2019. The performances will culminate with a drum-percussion instrument circle in the minutes leading up to the Summer Solstice at 9:01 PM. Native American musicians & dancers are invited to sing traditional Native American songs or perform Native American instruments and dances before the visitors in Downtown Helen. No electrically amplified musical instruments will be permitted because of past problems in Helen with excessively loud rock bands. However, we will provide a microphone. In this first event, sponsored by our tribe, we do not have funds to compensate performers, but it will be excellent exposure, since Alpine Helen is always crowded on Friday evenings in June. Temperatures are usually “perfect” that time of year in the Georgia Mountains. Please contact us at PeopleOfOneFire@aol.com, if you are interested. Indigenous musicians and dancers from Latin America are sincerely welcomed to participate! Our ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, Peru and Brazil. We also welcome Sami performers from Scandinavia, since apparently the Uchee People of Georgia are cousins of the Sami and most of Georgia’s petroglyphs are identical to Bronze Age petroglyphs in Scandinavia.
Pertinent Ordinances of the City of Helen, Georgia
Sec. 58-402. – Market Platz defined.
The Market Platz is that triangular shaped pedestrian area of the downtown city lying on the southerly side of State Highway 75, bounded by State Highway 75, River Street, and a row of privately owned shops, and containing a structures commonly referred to as the “band shell,” and fountain.
(Sec. 58-403. – Market Platz performance area defined.
The Market Platz performance area is that area of the Market Platz bounded: easterly by the rear of the band shell; southerly by the northerly rock face, and rock face extended, of a planter; westerly by the easterly rock face, and rock face extended, of a planter located directly behind the benches placed for band shell seating; and northerly by the southerly rock face, and rock face extended through a walkway, of a wall near Main Street. Less and except from those boundaries is the walkway lying immediately northerly of the band shell and the planter lying immediately southerly of the band shell.
(Ord. No. 10-03-01, 4-6-10)
Sec. 58-404. – Reservation of band shell; permits required for performance in band shell; use of band shell; reservation of performance periods; conditions; exceptions; limitations.
(a) Reservations for events or performances shall be on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, events or performers reserved by the City of Helen, Alpine Helen/White County Convention and Visitors Bureau or the Helen Chamber of Commerce receive priority in reservation of the Market Platz performance area and band shell, until reservations are opened to the public. (b) Reservation of the band shell includes uses of the band shell, but does not include the remainder of the Market Platz area. This area remains open to the public. (c) Permits are required in order to provide performers with the exclusive right to perform, during designated periods, within the Market Platz performance area and to use the band shell itself; (d) Performance times shall be scheduled on a daily basis beginning with the first performance. The period for performances shall be between 10:00 a.m., and 9:30 p.m.; with the last performance of the day concluding no later than 9:30 p.m. (e) Each performance period shall begin on the hour and end upon the half hour or shall begin on the half hour and end on the hour; other than events or performers reserved by the City of Helen, Alpine Helen/White County Convention and Visitors Bureau, or the Helen Chamber of Commerce which may be of longer duration. (f) Performers must be present at least 15 minutes prior to, and begin set up no earlier than 15 minutes prior to, the applicable performance period, and must complete removal within 15 minutes following the applicable performance time, unless the same performer is permitted for consecutive performance times, in which event no removal shall be required between consecutively scheduled performance times. (g) During set up and removal, no audible testing of equipment, voice, amplification, or tuning shall be allowed.
- d) Musical entertainment. Any musical entertainment shall be provided in a manner consistent with the peace and good order of the community. The producer of the special event shall be responsible for full compliance with the noise ordinance.
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