<![CDATA[Busker Central Odds and ends Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:00:24 -0400 <![CDATA[Tom Jones joins the South Bank Buskers]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=24&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=24&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 Tom Jones’s first attempt at busking began ominously as a crowd gathered around a set of speakers and a lone microphone set up on the South Bank of the Thames near the Royal Festival Hall. “It’s Tom Jones, isn’t it?” one woman asked. “I’ve never liked him since he had his nose done. He had a sensible Welsh nose in the old days.”

Skateboarders and BMX bikers gathered nonplussed at a nearby underpass. Sir Tom would be using the graffiti-covered skating area if it rained, they were told. “That would be a bit awkward,” one BMX rider said. “We’d have to ride around him.”

But any doubt that the 68-year-old singer could still thrill a crowd was dispelled the moment he stepped up to the microphone. “Can you hear me all right?” he asked. The crowd, which had swelled to about 400, cheered and raised their arms, not in celebration, but to capture the moment on their mobile telephones.
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Sun, 30 Nov 2008 08:35:35 -0500
<![CDATA[Buskin' City uncovers new busking plan]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=184&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=184&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 (SWEDEN) Buskin' City is a unique busking development for Sweden with a soon to be launched website for pro street performers. Every participating city provides a pitch for an artist. It can be a street corner, on a square, or on a main shopping street.
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Bringing culture to unused public space is the main theme. National and International buskers book themselves easily on a city's calendar.

Halmstad, Varberg, Kalmar, Kristianstad, Jonkoping, Landskrona, and Vastervik are among the 7 cities that have signed up with more expected to join the movement. Each city grants a travel refund up to 1500SEK.

With new approximations about busking popping up almost daily, be sure to include this in your book of ideas. See if you can dream up new and interesting approaches to busking like the one above.

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:52:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Buskertainment is Raising The Roof]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=111&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=111&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 (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."

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Sat, 03 Dec 2011 01:08:08 -0500
<![CDATA[Buskers! Help set a world record!]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=46&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=46&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 Buskers all over the world can help set a world record Sunday, June 14th, 2009 by busking locally at 12 noon for 25 minutes.
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Wed, 10 Jun 2009 05:24:46 -0400
<![CDATA[Parents dislike their kids noticing buskers]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=68&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=68&c=8&sid=74d22d0ed4bda74970399de8513c1747 Violinist Joshua Bell was left shocked and disappointed when he realised parents don't like their children paying attention to street musicians during a recent busking experiment.
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The acclaimed classical musician dressed down and wore a disguise for his odd free show at the Washington D.C. Metro (subway) station - and was surprised no one recognised him.

Reporting back to editors of the Washington Post newspaper, who came up with the ruse, Bell confessed he was appalled to discover so many adults don't like their children to stop for buskers.

He tells WENN, "I had a baseball hat on and tattered clothes, so, if there was anyone who had been to my concerts, they would not have known it was me.

"It was sad and interesting because children tended to want to stop and listen and parents...

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 04:30:02 -0500