<![CDATA[Busker Central Living the Life Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?page=&mode=random_blogs&feed=ATOM&limit=5&c=2&sid=fb357f3bb5a866f1e08e5891267d93cf 2018-11-14T23:10:42-05:00 <![CDATA[Bristol, Tenn starts Busk Stop Central]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=53&c=2&sid=fb357f3bb5a866f1e08e5891267d93cf 2009-09-05T04:48:29-04:00 2009-09-05T04:48:29-04:00 BRISTOL, Tenn. – The city has launched a program to encourage performers to display their talents at designated downtown spots billed as “busk stops.”
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Known as “Busk Stop Central,” the program will allow performers – including jug musicians, avant-garde mimes, tap-dancers, orange jugglers, rubber-band pluckers, bongo players, Flamenco guitarists, spoken-verse poets, Austin Powers imitators, Renaissance Fair re-enactors and other artists – to legally do their thing at specified downtown locations and receive donations from passers-by.

“Busk” refers to an old English term for street performers, known as “buskers.”

A performer must apply for a free city permit to perform at one of three designated areas, all on State Street. The busk stops are marked with medallions in the sidewalk.

For details, contact the Bristol D...

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<![CDATA[Chinese tightrope walker crosses 400 meter chasm]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=56&c=2&sid=fb357f3bb5a866f1e08e5891267d93cf 2009-10-28T00:29:29-04:00 2009-10-28T00:29:29-04:00 Chinese tightrope walker Adili Wuxiuer draws a large crowd as he crosses a 400 metre drop in China's southern Yunnan province.
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Wuxiuer, who belongs to China's Uighur minority ethnic group, was invited to the Yunnan town of Dousha in south-west China to perform his unusual act. Tightrope walking is very popular throughout China.

"It's very interesting that these tightrope walkers always use huge balancing bars which actually makes the crossing much easier than it looks", said an onlooker about the feat. "On a calm day, I'd really like to see them simply walk across without anything assisting their balance. Now that would be something."]]>
<![CDATA[Buskers take hit with economy]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=16&c=2&sid=fb357f3bb5a866f1e08e5891267d93cf 2008-11-16T19:44:05-05:00 2008-11-16T19:44:05-05:00 It's survival of the fittest as some resort to dirty tactics in face of stiffer competition.

Outwit, outplay, outlast.
That motto from TV reality series Survivor also holds true for the buskers in Orchard Road.

The current economic downturn is certainly not music to their ears as they have seen takings drop in recent months.

If that's not enough of a worry, they also have to fend off competition from both legitimate and illegal buskers.

But more of that later. For now, the downturn is a more worrisome test of survivor skills.

Take the case of Mr Donald Wee, 51, who strums the guitar near Shaw House.

'More people are donating coins instead of $5 or $10 notes,' he lamented.

He used to earn about $100 in two hours but can net only $40 now. The former security guard went into busking four years ago when he could not find another job after he was arrested for fighting....

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<![CDATA[Street Performer Series gets boost]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=27&c=2&sid=fb357f3bb5a866f1e08e5891267d93cf 2008-12-18T22:39:16-05:00 2008-12-18T22:39:16-05:00
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The grant, which was awarded through the Regional Regranting Program, totaled $2,880 and will help fund the 2009 Street Performer Series.

The Street Performance Series is a 12-week series featuring regional artists who perform throughout downtown each Thursday evening in the summer.

In 2009, the Street Performer Series is June 11 through Aug. 27.

For more information, visit www.downtownholland.com or contact info@downtownholland.com

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<![CDATA[America's street-performers: An inside look]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=65&c=2&sid=fb357f3bb5a866f1e08e5891267d93cf 2009-12-08T16:11:40-05:00 2009-12-08T16:11:40-05:00 We've all found ourselves at one point or another staring in fascination at a busking mime or a talented street musician.
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In recent years, busking, the term for performing in public places usually for money from the crowd, has grown into an organized art form complete with professional networks, associations and showcase festivals around the world.

Here in the United States, cities such as Miami, San Francisco, New York and New Orleans have become known for their thriving busking scenes.

Take Maria for instance. A longtime busker in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Maria acts as a human statue, completely still, covered in metallic gold paint and dressed in a matching antique wedding gown. While one may think Maria, often referred to as the Jilted Bride, just stands there doing nothing, her motionless presence...

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