<![CDATA[Busker Central Blogs Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:39:26 -0400 <![CDATA[San Diego to change unconstitutional laws that prohibit busking]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=3006&b=145&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=3006&b=145&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:01:18 -0400 <![CDATA["Grate" Performances kick off Times Square gig]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=43&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=43&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 Almost 100 street performers and buskers auditioned for 3 minutes each for a spot in this summer's Grate Performances series in the Big Apple's Duffy square.

Billed as the "crossroads of the world", the Times Square Alliance events are scheduled to start May 28th.

Sadly, New York City performers are usually restricted to performing underground in the city's dark and dirty subway system. This time, however, they were allowed to perform in the sunshine and be viewed by the general public.

Revealing some fresh faces, there were some old familiar ones with even the Naked Cowboy "butting" in.

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Tue, 12 May 2009 21:05:57 -0400
<![CDATA[Melbourne's new mayor targets buskers]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=25&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=25&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 "Really badly talented" buskers face being banned from the CBD as part of a bid by Melbourne's new lord mayor to clean up the city streets.

Hours after his election win, Robert Doyle said tougher rules and regulations were needed to keep the streets free of bad performers.

"I am a bit sick of really badly talented buskers, let me tell you," he told Radio 3AW.

"They actually do need to be properly licensed and regulated so that we are not just assaulted by a whole lot of different sounds every 10 metres along the footpath."

Mr Doyle also touted a Bourke Street police station and a theme park to attract more families to the CBD at night.

"I don't want the city to be a bogan magnet," he said.

"People are sick of someone warbling out of...

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Wed, 03 Dec 2008 06:03:28 -0500
<![CDATA[Ocean City's boardwalk to limit pitches]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=44&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=44&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 Ocean City, Maryland city council passed a resolution limiting it's boardwalk buskers and street performers to two pitches "so everybody can co-exist a little bit better", said Mayor Rick Meehan. The performers lobbied against the the ordinance which would keep them away from store-fronts and benches.

In a written statement that was evidently read to the council, "If it is the intention of the council to eliminate street performing, then I urge them to pass this new ordinance", said busker Alexander Osborn whose reverse-psychology probably didn't help.

The law was passed unanimously by council members. The boardwalk is a well-known beach hangout and visited by over 2.4 million tourists a year. The performers were successful in making one change, however. They can...

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Wed, 20 May 2009 23:56:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Bagpipe busker arrested for "distressing" music]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=28&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=28&sid=c0dff6f9a112307a74835dc865d44b26 Police told Shaun Cartwright, 38, his piping had annoyed members of the public and detained him for a breach of the peace.

His bagpipes were seized as he was handcuffed and driven to a police station, although he was later released and told it was not in the public interest to press charges.

Mr Cartwright, who has been playing bagpipes for more than 25 years, was busking in Bridport, Dorset, when he was arrested.

He said: "I'd been playing for almost an hour outside Superdrug on the main street and had made about 50 pounds, so it clearly wasn't causing that much offence.

"But a shopkeeper called the police and two officers turned up saying they had a complaint and they had to respond to it.

"They asked me to move on but I wanted to finish my hour of playing and put the blow stick to my mouth and that was it.

Mr Cartwright, from Bristol, was released after...

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Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:17:02 -0500