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When Kids and Bars Don't Mix

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A blues guitar-playing third grader has been barred from playing his music in taverns and bars. No wonder he has the blues. But should kids ever be allowed in drinking establishments?


Tallan "T-Man" Latz is no ordinary third grader. He's played at the House of Blues in Chicago and he's shared a stage with the likes of Les Paul and Jackson Brown. Usually you can catch his act in various bars and taverns.

But not anymore.

An anonymous letter sent to state officials complained that Tallan, who hails from Wisconsin, is too young to be hanging around adult-only venues because it violates child labor laws. Now Tallan is barred from all but music festivals, says his father. According to the law, anyone who dares book the boy will be slapped with a hefty fine. Some speculate the tip-off was sent by an older musician seething with jealousy over the young prodigy's quick rise to fame. Or could it possibly be a concerned parent uneasy about seeing a third grader surrounded by drunks and whiskey?

Do you think kids should not be allowed in bars under any circumstance--or do you think the only thing violated by Tallan "T-Man" Latz's  blues guitar playing is his bedtime?

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