Summer crackdowns may be on the horizon

by Brandon Summers | February 3, 2023

Two recent news stories paint a picture of new enforcement tactics that will likely to make the lives of street performers harder. On Fremont Street, the City of Las Vegas has approved a new police substation to be built. It will be one that will be shared by police and Fremont Street security (problematic!). On the Strip, also known as the “resort corridor”, the Resort Corridor Court now has a full-time judge. Last year, the County Commissioners were ready to make pedestrian bridges off-limits for buskers and people experiencing homelessness, but they changed their minds after push-back from concerned citizens and the ACLU. Let’s be clear that EVERY YEAR, municipalities are doing what they can to protect the casinos and tourism. The rights of street performers and the spirit of free speech be damned.


Brandon Summers is a Las Vegas native, violinist, street performer, and advocate for spontaneous, unlicensed performance in public spaces. Summers has been busking for over ten years and has performed for Ciroc, Hudson Jeans, Netflix, JBL-Harman and many more. He is a graduate of Fort Valley State University where he majored in mathematics and holds BA in liberal studies.

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