Piano Around the World In 2010, Dotan Negrin quit his job…

Piano Around the World

In 2010, Dotan Negrin quit his job “to search for a new life”. That new life consists of being a full-time street musician who travels all around world with an upright piano. (Union Square Park, NYC)

More Photos: Buskers, Random Strangers

Doris & Colin Washington Square regulars, Doris Diether and…

Doris & Colin

Washington Square regulars, Doris Diether and Colin Huggins. Doris, who you might recognize from the photos of her with her marionette replica, was described by The New York Times as, “kind of a one-woman shame squad against crooked landlords, reckless renovators and haughty developers all over the city.”

More photos: Doris Diether, Colin Huggins, Buskers


The day after the horrendous murder by a deranged man driving into the people on Venice beach that killed an Italian tourist on her honeymoon and injured 11 others, the Venice Beach band Street Smart inspires us with Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

Street Smart is lead with power and conviction by Peter Demian on guitar and vocal and features the world-class talent of world-famous Venice Beach street musician Nathan on the piano and Louie Garcia on drums.

\Peter Demian  hails from Canada and has been playing on Venice Beach for 25 years. On a good day he  will bring in somewhere in the neighborhood of of 60 to 80 dollars. In Ontario Canada when he first started out he played with Paul Shaffer now on the Letterman show and opened for many of the great pop bands of the 60’s and seventies such as the Who and others. He moved to the US living and playing in Detroit and Canada for a time before settling in Venice Beach and playing for visitors from all over the world.

Nathan is considered by many who know him to be a virtuoso possible genius who has been playing since early childhood and freely mixes classical jazz and rock almost simultaneously. He has played in many bands and done many gigs including a tour with the 60’s psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly well known for their hit “In A Godda Da Vida”
Mr Demian’s contact info is his cell phone