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State Capitol getting two concerts over noon hour Monday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Folks at the State Capitol will get to hear two concerts over the noon hour, if you want to call them that.

The Solidarity Singers plan to belt out their anti-Walker protest songs outside on the Capitol grounds – where they don’t need a permit to congregate.

Inside, former state official David Blaska is leading about 50 conservatives to sing songs ranging from the National Anthem to the Flintstones’ theme.

Blaska, a conservative writer, also e-mailed reporters to say they’ll hand out Twinkies to, “celebrate American resilience.” He also pointed out that the group has a permit for a Capitol gathering – something the Solidarity Singers refuse to get, saying it goes against First Amendment free speech rights.

Blaska said the permit system, “assures everyone can have access to their Capitol.”

The Solidarity Singers’ Facebook page announced its plans to go outdoors, and told participants to bring musical instruments from tubas to kazoos.

Capitol Police issued almost 80 citations to the group’s participants from last Wednesday through Friday, in a crackdown ordered by the Walker administration after a federal judge said it’s constitutional for groups over 20 to have Capitol gathering permits.

The original Walker edict required permits for 4 or more people.