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Bristol, Tenn starts Busk Stop Central by BC on Sep 5, 2009
:sax: BRISTOL, Tenn. – The city has launched a program to encourage performers to display their talents at designated downtown spots billed as “busk stops.”
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Known as “Busk Stop Central,” the program will allow performers – including jug musicians, avant-garde mimes, tap-dancers, orange jugglers, rubber-band pluckers, bongo players, Flamenco guitarists, spoken-verse poets, Austin Powers imitators, Renaissance Fair re-enactors and other artists – to legally do their thing at specified downtown locations and receive donations from passers-by.

“Busk” refers to an old English term for street performers, known as “buskers.”

A performer must apply for a free city permit to perform at one of three designated areas, all on State Street. The busk stops are marked with medallions in the sidewalk.

For details, contact the Bristol D...

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Magic & Mystery tour by BC on Jun 2, 2021
:tied: (FILMRISE) A fascinating documentary by Penn and Teller reveals some ancient history when it comes to street magic. Starting from their base in Las Vegas which is home to over...

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Denver Buskerfest returns by BC on May 5, 2021
:party: (COLORADO) The Denver Union Station Buskerfest is back for it's fifth year after being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Union...

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Busking: All the world's a stage by BC on Apr 4, 2021
:mrgreen: An article at PS Audio has some interesting anecdotals on the world of busking. Likening it to theater, the "stage" is actually the busker's pitch...

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Zen and the Art of Subway Busking by BC on Mar 1, 2021
:guitar: An interesting article at American Songwriter has an in-depth interview of the successful and creative busker by the name of Ori Rakib.
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Just how many buskers are there? by BC on Feb 1, 2021
:hair: (WWW) Every once in a while, the topic of how many buskers there actually are comes up. A few years ago, there was some discussion about the chaps who filmed their...

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RE: Much needed info by john on Apr 1, 2020
I see at least 2 options...in no particular order.

The first would be to call each city hall/police and ask if a permit is required.
The second: It's better to beg forgiveness rather than seek permission.

The second is what I used and only got kicked out of a few places...

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RE: Cool busker t-shirts! by chuck on Jan 29, 2020
Those are great!
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RE: Blues enthusiasts take note! by Macknick on Jun 21, 2017
:tiphat: I would love to hook-up with you guys! I play and sing from Merle & Willie to Dylan and Steve Earle. But it's gotta have the blues baby! a lot of the old country...

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RE: trouble with the law by Candi on Jul 1, 2013
I'm afraid Officer Friendly has it backwards. The burden of proof always resides with the Plaintiff, in this case the city. They would have to prove you actively solicited money. This would be impossible if it never happened. They would also need witnesses. Just accepting...

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RE: Amsterdam killing street shows by ScreamimgMime on Jun 16, 2013
The main problem seems to be relying on amplification to do your show.


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