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Permanent LinkFeb 22, 2009 
:guitar: Orlando homeless wanna-be busker Vincent Tarazavich has been prevented by city laws from playing for tips on the streets of Orlando.

It seems that Vincent might be getting his big break, as soon as tonight, possibly. Bob Snow, the man who created Church Street Station back in the day, called me this morning. He's willing to give Vincent a spot in front of the newly reopened Cheyenne Saloon on Church Street.

"We'll throw $20 in the case and get him started," Snow told me. "He can start tonight, if he wants to."

Vincent will be holding his sign for the electronics store this afternoon, so it's not clear if he'll be able to connect with Snow. If he does, though, it would be a happy ending.

Snow told me he was involved in discussions with the city about 10 years ago about setting up a system for busking permits that would have included auditions before a committee that would assure some level of talent consistency. He also talked nostalgically about the jugglers and street performers that once worked the streets in front of Rosie O'Grady's back in the 1970s and '80s.

That was nostalgic for me, too, since I was one of them. "That was so much fun," Snow told me.

Yes, it was. Good luck to Vincent.

ORLANDO SENTINEL


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