Nathan the Venice Beach Piano

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Street Busker #2
Whereabouts: Venice Beach

That is Nathan. I haven’t seen him out there since I walked by in the Fall and saw the cops giving him a ticket and threatening to take away his cat unless he put it on a lease. The cat, sleeps on the piano while he plays.

Nathan was visibly shaken I remember during the seemingly needless ordeal. The police could not has gotten one complaint from anyone because the cat is never out of control always as cool as a cat can be.

Nathan did not want to talk about it. I walked by later. Nathan and the cat were gone, his beloved piano still there. I can sometimes talk with Nathan. He is wired differently from most of the people I have met and is guarded and mistrustful of others. He instead engages the Venice Ocean Front Walk in a brilliant conversation of a musical nature. A continuously variable transmission of blues, jazz, classical, rock show tune resonance, blended and flowing like butter and syrup down the beach and through the ears of the passersby.

Laws need to be enforced according to the needs of the community not for the sake of the law itself. Therefore they should be enforced only when necessary. In this way it can serve to bind the fragile weave of social interaction. In this instance the cats presence unleashed contributed ti the environment of Venice Beach.

I will feel a bit safer next time I visit Venice Beach if I know that the law is enforced in such a way, that I am able to see Nathan playing his musical mish mash with his cat sleeping on the piano, unleashed and at peace.

Epilepsy Toronto Goes Busking Uptown

Takes Scotiabank BuskerFest, to downtown Yonge Street SCOTIABANK - Scotiabank BuskerFest Moves to Yonge Street! The event planners promise, over a hundred of the most remarkable street performers on earth for the Scotiabank BuskerFest, in downtown Yonge Street for its 2013 edition, August 22 to 25 in Toronto. Last year over a million people attended the event in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and this year promises to be even better. The new location will allow for even more growth in the coming years.

The money raised from the event goes to Epilepsy Toronto which offers;

Adult Services
Children & Youth Services
Employment Services
Public Education
and Diversity Outreach
for people with epilepsy.

BuskerFest boasts two outstanding records for Street Performer events. It is the largest street performers’ festival in North America and is the largest Epilepsy awareness-raising event in the world.

This year the Fest goes High Tek with this app offering.

 

Cambridge Street Trash Performer Unknown

Documented on the web as some guy in a trash can playing music, the trashy tunester makes his living on the pathways of Cambridge serenading tranquil tourists and scholastic strollers.

Is this some bold statement by a trashy troubadour on the education to be found today in that hallowed institution? Perhaps it is a bold personal self-observation on the performers behalf? Or or is it just some cheap trashy trick to get as much money as possible from tourists and scholars in stride?  Watch this video by Ryals Stone Ryals Stone, and decide for yourself.

This video pretty much sums it up. I do not know if this video was shot at Cambridge as it was posted long ago but I do think it sums up the entertainment value perfectly. Nice rendition to an Elvis classic. One can imagine spending a carefree minute or three, watching and listening to this guy who allows you to forget about the world on your way to someplace in it. I hope he is sitting down in there not kneeling. More comfortable I think.

 

French Quarter Festival Starts Today

The French Quarter in New Orleans, home to 24 hour 7 days a week street culture takes that tradition to the next level this weekend as it stages the 30th annual French Quarter Festival. Last year the festival drew 574,000 attendees, 49 percent local, 51 percent from out-of-town.

1,400 musicians will be performing on 21 stages throughout the Quarter.with a  major stage making its first appearance on Decatur Street. Among the headliners will be Irma Thomas and the Dixie Cups. The festival’s musical lineup includes traditional and contemporary jazz, New Orleans R&B and funk, brass bands, folk and international music, singer-songwriters, gospel, Latin, Cajun and zydeco music.french-quarter-festival The festival is growing in popularity and this year the major news medias will be on hand to cover the event. The organizers are expecting record crowds this year and  hope that the festival will contribute to New Orleans recovering image and economy.

Jakarta Bermusik On a Mission IN JAKARTA

Ready to improve and promote Street Performers in Jakarta

With a new video promoting their goals today Jakarta Bermusic sends a message of expanding the creative energy on the streets. This is part of an ongoing process that is being undertaken in cities all around the world as the development of street music takes root locally everywhere.

 “The main concept of our social business idea is to create a structured management system that are intended to coordinate and improve the talent of street musicians performance in terms of quality and exposure. Management means a place where the performers can get education, networking, and chance to perform properly.”

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TWO VIDEOS FROM COVENTRY UK

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Performer; Moise Cantaragiu
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The Great Alfredo

KITTITIAN’S REGGAE VIBE Street I Am video

Hanging out at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco CA, US you may often find this exotic island bunch playing steel drums in their own inimitable exotic fashion.

If you are going to any Carnival celebrations this year you may hear a lot of music that uses Steel Drum.

Steel Drum playing began being popularized after the war with the advent of commercial air. The carriers threw out hundreds and thousands of metal fuel oil drums on the African and Caribbean islands, with the Pan Am drums being the most widely used. The drums were found by local musicians and turned into musical instruments.

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Dotan Negrin Piano Across America

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Performed by Dotan Negrin
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Misty Performs Outstanding Gospel in San Francisco BART Station

January 30, 2013 San Francisco

MISTY MAKES A MARK FOR BEST STREET GOSPEL PERFORMANCE OF 2013

If you love great gospel and you live in or are visiting the City of San Francosco, you may want to leave your car at home and catch a little of Street Performer Gospel great Misty, recorded in this video during one of her appearances at the Powell Street BART station.

No contact info on Misty yet but stay tuned.

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