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street performers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by 3 crotch grabs, Apr 23, 2004.


  1. who's done it?
    how'd you do it?

    any cool ones in your town?

    San Francisco has some greats:
    the fat opera people on maiden lane
    edwin, the tap dancing guy on powell street
    the breakdancing kids on market
    the string quartet in the mornings at montgomery street bart station
    the blind christian accordian player, afternoons at montgomery
    there was a guy who set up a tight rope between two trees on maket street, stood on the rope with one foot, and played fiddle. only seen him once though.
    the guy who drums on buckets in front of rasputin records-sometimes he has a real drumset, and he plays with a bass player
    the jimi hendrix impersonator
    the james brown impersonator

    i'm thinking of joining the fray with these folks. i'm a block away from the gates to chinatown, so that looks like a pretty good corner for it. i can borrow a battery powered amp from a friend of mine.
    practice in public and pick up some beer money!
     
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    A friend of mine used to play flamenco guitar in a little overpass walkway thing from time to time, amazing acoustics there, and quite a bit of foot traffic, he got a fair share of change too.
     
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I've played 12 string backup to a Poet in Thompkin's Square Park NYC during the summer in and around 91-92 ish. We made a little change.... never came home with any though :meh:

    :ninja: most of my recollection of those years is a little fuzzy
     
  4. just remembered a couple other good ones:
    a guy at the corner of grant & post playing one of those skinny uprights. not loud enough.
    the violin player from deadweight has been known to play at powell bart
    there's a guy who plays banjo, didjereedoo (sp?) and ankle bells all at once down at powell sometimes
     
  5. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I've always liked the Bushman in Fisherman's Wharf. No music, just a guy scaring people from behind a some leaves. So funny!
     
  6. did you see that they tried to get him to cut that out a few weeks back? then they figured out there's no law against scaring the pants off tourists for money.
     
  7. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Yeah, I saw that. Apparently he's been arrested multiple times for "disturbing the peace". Lame.
    :rolleyes:

    Hey, would you be interested in doing a street performing double bass freak out?
     
  8. hellz yeah i would!
    you got any sort of porto-amplification? i just emailed my buddy about borrowing his, and am waiting for a response.

    here's the bushman: :ninja: :bag: :hyper: OOGA BOOGA!
     
  9. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I don't have any portable ampage, but I do have a bass that could handle being in the sun all day. I'm not sure if we'd make any money with the way I play, though.

    Tourist: "Can you play some Michael Bolton?"
    Me: "Yes, I can." *continues to play weird trash*
    Tourist: "Well?"
    Me: "Well, what?"
     
  10. that's the fun of it though.
    you know what would be great... those stupid basses with a speaker built into the body.
     
  11. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Haha, those Nomad things? Who makes those, Ashbory?
     
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    lol. I wonder why?? ;)
     
  13. Bull_Nasty

    Bull_Nasty Banned

    Apr 23, 2004
    I used to be a street performer back in Arkansas. Not unlike the guy in San Fransisco who jumps out of trashcans and out from behind bushes to scare the hell out of innocent by-standers....I do the same thing...but with a twist...I kick people's asses once they've caught their breath and think they are ok.
     
  14. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    There is a line between "street performer" and "violent sociopath". I'm not sure where the line is, as it IS rather fine, but I'm sure there is one...right?
     
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Fernandes
     
  16. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Here is the line.

    This is the "street performer" side
    __________________

    This is the "violent sociopath" side.

    X < -----Here is Bull.


    I hope I've made things clear.
     
  17. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
  18. i own shoes.
    i don't own overalls.

    the public is safe.
     
  19. Bard2dbone

    Bard2dbone

    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I could loan you my spiraling-rainbow-tie-dyed bib overalls. I just don't have a lot of opportunity to wear them anymore. :D