Time period: contemporary (~2009)
I have a young (college-aged) beginning rock band who want to record their first music video. It's completely an amateur affair; one digital camcorder, no crew to speak of, pretty much everything done by they themselves. It's likely not going to turn out very well, but they'll try.
They want to record a significant chunk of the video in the Boston Common. What I can't find out is whether there's any special hoops they'll have to jump through in order to make that happen. I Googled every possible combination and variation of "Boston" "Massachusetts" "Boston Common" and "busking laws" I could think of; I managed to find a discussion on a busking forum that suggests they'd be fine as long as they don't use amps and they don't block the sidewalks, but it dated '05 and also discussed an upcoming (at the time) ordinance that might make even that illegal. As hard as I try, I can't seem to find whether that ordinance ever passed.
So there's the question: would the boys be all right spending an afternoon rocking the Common and recording it, or would they need to get permits, or should I give up and find them somewhere else to perform?