<![CDATA[Busker Central Blogs Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers <![CDATA[Ten best cities for busking fun in the USA]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=171&sid=94547d88b4b51668b2eeaa6bfb5fde12 (USA) It's that time of year again when a young man's thoughts turn to busking. It's all about sun, people, and shade as we take a look at some of the hottest performing venues the United States has to offer.
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An article in USA Today features David Michael, a former street musician and author of Busker: Tales of a Renegade Harpist. The article mentions Michael's insight into the wide world of busking. Waxing philosophical, he elaborates about the different venues some buskers take that, were it not for street-performing, the talent would go to waste. Crowd gathering is also discussed.

Some cities are obvious. New York, Boston, and San Francisco are considered the centerpieces of American culture. Yet, we find some surprising "off-the-beaten-path" pitches that, normally, one wouldn't think there...

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<![CDATA[Cleveland and St. Louis open streets to buskers]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=141&sid=94547d88b4b51668b2eeaa6bfb5fde12 (CLEVELAND) Maurice Reedus, Jr. is one happy man since Cleveland has opened it's streets to buskers and street-performers.
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Thanks to the "Sax Man" legislation, he can now blow his horn legally on the streets of Cleveland after twice being arrested this year.

"Let Freedom ring!" declared Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman once the legislation was passed. "All of the major cities have lots of street performers. This is the home of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. This should be a musical town."

Officially, the Street-Performer's Ordinance covers, but is not limited to, "acting, singing, playing musical instruments, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing, reciting and clowning."

Reedus is also the subject of a new movie. While everyone knows of the iconic Sax Man, few know his truly...

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<![CDATA['Playing for change' & 'Oasis' try musical interpretations]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=36&sid=94547d88b4b51668b2eeaa6bfb5fde12 The group Playing For Change is the international stew stirred by Mark Johnson, a recording engineer/ producer who had a vision in a New York City subway station 10 years ago. He's travelled the world seeking out indigenous musicians all over the world to compile a series of songs performed by buskers. Johnson brought together, on tape, musicians from Israel, India, Ireland, the U.S. and several African nations to back the vocals of Marley and U2's Bono.

Playing for change

The past few years saw the release of several interesting busker documentaries. Online video sharing and social networking websites are now flooding the internet with street performers from around the world shot by amateurs on holiday.

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<![CDATA[Can an old fart start?]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=1603&b=88&sid=94547d88b4b51668b2eeaa6bfb5fde12
I would love to hear stories of other ancient buskers especially just starting out.

I'm 60 by the way.]]>
<![CDATA[Melbourne’s best busker crowned]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=92&sid=94547d88b4b51668b2eeaa6bfb5fde12 (MELBOURNE) Locals were treated to a musical feast when 10 very different performers competed for the title of Melbourne’s best busker.
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Sounds ranging from a homemade flute to the Tibetan guitar flooded City Square rousing smiles, applause, and dancing from passersby.

The public voted with their wallets donating to the bucket of their favourite busker.

Guitarist and singer Jenny Biddle (shown above) raised the most money and took home the mantle of the city’s best busker and a cheque for $1000.

The event - Street Change - was held as part of the Melbourne Music festival to raise money for homelessness charities - the Lighthouse Foundation and Home Ground Services.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park.

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