<![CDATA[Busker Central Odds and ends Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:22:04 -0500 <![CDATA[The Big Busk raises over £10,000]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=195&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=195&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 (SHREWSBURY) What started as a tribute to busker Ben Bebbington by his family and friends has swelled to event with over 40 musical acts. Ben was tragically killed in a senseless murder by two teenagers in September of 2012.
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Made up of over 200 people who filled the town with a carnival atmosphere, Happy Days in Shrewsbury took place in the town’s beautiful medieval centre. Raising over £10,000, it was a celebration of community, music and talent all in glorious sunshine. It also raised awareness and funds for The Shrewsbury Ark - a charity that had supported Ben in recent years and meant a huge amount to him.

A known busker within the town, Ben was an excellent musician and would often play his guitar in some late great impromptu jams. Other muses would join him after-hours and perform standards and original so...

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<![CDATA[Buskertainment is Raising The Roof]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=111&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=111&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 (TORONTO) Human statues, musicians, illusionists, jesters, jugglers, mimes, stilt walkers, and much more will be out on the streets of the Downtown Yonge area every Saturday and Sunday as part of Winter Magic's "Buskertainment."
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All donations during the Buskertainment event will go towards the Raising the Roof charity. The buskers will entertain shoppers and passersby then pass the hat in support of the worthy cause.

Raising the Roof is Canada's only national charity that dedicates itself toward funding long-term solutions for the homeless. What that means is they focus their efforts on permanent solutions to homelessness including finding proper housing, providing mental health services, and getting a homeless person "employment ready."

Stories, photos, and video are available thru the link...

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Sat, 03 Dec 2011 01:08:08 -0500
<![CDATA[Radio 1 star goes undercover as a "Secret Busker"]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=168&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=168&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 (LONDON) Radio 1 star Olly Murs has received his makeunder as a homeless guy with head lice. His mission was to perform in Covent Garden and see how well he does.
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The trend of stars busking on pitches around the world seems to have manifested itself. Whether for a commercial, skit, or social experiment, the stars are coming out at all hours. The celebrities over the years include Sir Paul McCartney, Joshua Bell, Guns & Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Murs, and more yet to come.

You'd think Murs would be releasing some fantastic new album but this social experiment was at the top of the list. He demonstrates how important professionalism can be when busking in the real world. Even in his condition, it was more of an audition than a handout.

Murs performed 45 minutes of his own songs and even has the video to prove...

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:33:56 -0500
<![CDATA[Mystery busker turns out to be famous]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=133&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=133&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 (NEW ORLEANS) It's the same old story with a different twist. Just as most captive audiences are tough on buskers, the same held true recently when a busker decided to entertain passengers on a public streetcar in New Orleans.
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Being the birthplace of jazz, it isn't unusual to find buskers performing songs up and down the venues in the French Quarter which is quite famous for the impromptu entertainers. However, this time was to be different.

The busker pulled out his guitar on the trolly and started singing old Beatles tunes including "A Hard Day's Night". The passengers went about their business expecting the street-performer to soon pass the hat and be on his way. Much to their surprise, the busker just kept playing more Beatles songs having a seemingly endless supply of them on hand.

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Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:13:17 -0500
<![CDATA[Busker trading cards - Collect them all!]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=148&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=148&c=8&sid=22c0a38f8f80cb7dcf188b05def2de03 (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.
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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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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:10:51 -0500