<![CDATA[Busker Central Odds and ends Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers <![CDATA[Denver debuts painted pianos]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=83&c=8&sid=a79738200066d4b0515766ec3594f731 (DENVER) The 16th Street Mall is full of sounds these days with the help of several painted pianos up and down the way.
The pianos are found in the middle of the street with buskers and street performers along the sidewalks. The painted pianos were donated from Craig's List and part of the program "Your Keys to the City" creating unique "useable art" for citizens to enjoy.

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<![CDATA[Busker inflates balloon with eyes]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=23&c=8&sid=a79738200066d4b0515766ec3594f731 A man attracted scores of curious onlookers when he performed the highly unusual stunt of inflating balloons with his eyes during a special show in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, last Thursday.

Pin Zui (stage name) wore a pair of glasses with a plastic pipeline linked to the balloon and drew wild applause from the crowd after fully inflating it.

Pin, a member of China television Guinness art troupe, performs his stunt in public in many cities around the country.

He is said to be the first person able to use his eyes to blow up balloons on the mainland.

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<![CDATA[Busker trading cards - Collect them all!]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=148&c=8&sid=a79738200066d4b0515766ec3594f731 (ST. LOUIS) Remember collecting baseball cards as a kid? Now you can collect busker trading cards of all the wonderful street-performers in St. Louis.
Thanks to Board Bill #181, busking and street-performing is now legal in St. Louis. They are now buskers to be memorabilia-ized! And collected! And traded!

It all came about when the city raised the busker fee in order to monitor buskers. Huh? That's exactly what buskers Fred Walker and Nick Pence said - along with the ACLU when it heard of such a preposterous notion.

Now that a wrong has been righted and the laughter has subsided, the buskers may be memoralized as a collector's card. The busker game includes finding each artist performing and having them sign their card. The winner gets featured in an upcoming street-performer festival.

It's a fun idea....

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<![CDATA[The coolest buskers in the world]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=59&c=8&sid=a79738200066d4b0515766ec3594f731 (ANTARCTICA) Busking in Antarctica, four British Antarctic Survey's employees took part in Musequality's charity busk and world record.
The coolest buskers in the world, the strings on Danny’s guitar cable froze, Paul’s saxophone froze, Tony’s fingers froze and Riet froze. The Antarctic Minkes busked as the temperature dropped from -8°C to -15°C in Antarctica. Musequality funds communal projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries giving them the skills and qualities they need to turn their lives around.

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<![CDATA[Calling their bluff]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=55&b=18&c=8&sid=a79738200066d4b0515766ec3594f731 I remember I was busking on a popular outdoor mall at a commonly used pitch. As a muse, I played and sang between an outdoor cafe and restaurant. Buskers had used the stage for several years. I usually got a coffee at the cafe while on breaks and was familiar with the staff.

One day, a new staff member came outside and asked me to move down the way. When I asked the blond middle-aged woman why, she simply said she didn't appreciate me singing outside on a beautiful day while she slaved away inside. I told her it was my choice in life to busk rather than being a server and I really couldn't help her. She again requested me to move on and left with the satisfaction of having told me 'what for'. I ignored her request and continued performing.

As a mature busker, I had seen the like before. They have a problem with someone busking because they can't do it. After several other altercations, I had...

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