Ten (10) Key Busking Tips for Musicians:
1. Use Signage & Business Cards.
2. Have A Busking License.
3. Find Sponsored Busking Opportunities.
4. Don't Play The Same 5 Songs On Repeat.
6. Connect With Other Buskers.
7. Bring A Massive Water Bottle (& Go Beforehand)
8. Try To Forget About The Money.
9. Be Open and Engaging.
10. Be Yourself.
United States of America
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nicollet Mall, Hennepin Ave (downtown), any of the co-ops. Buskers often appear at the Mall of America and the skyways, but may be asked to leave.
Boulder, Colorado: Pearl Street Mall
Chicago: Busking is allowed at several places:
The Chicago Transit Authority currently only allows street performers to pitch at four stations; Jackson/State on the Red Line, Washington/State on the Red Line, Jackson/Dearborn on the Blue Line, and Washington/Dearborn on the Blue Line
Maxwell Street: This locale was featured in the Blues Brothers movie and has been the place of convergence for blues musicians since the 1930s.
Michigan Avenue ("Magnificent Mile")
Decatur, Illinois: Saturday Produce Market, Richland Community College, June - September
Kansas City, Missouri: The Plaza, Westport and the City Market
Wichita, Kansas: Old Town and entire downtown area
New Orleans, Louisiana: The French Quarter and the entire city in general
Cincinnati, Ohio: The entire city, especially Over-the-Rhine and downtown, Findlay Market, and Clifton, where the bands Plastic Inevitables and Tillers started their careers
Nashville, Tennessee: 2nd Avenue and Broadway
Austin, Texas: 6th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Brady Arts District, Blue Dome
Dallas, Texas: Deep Ellum
St. Louis, Missouri: Delmar Loop
Houston, Texas: Montrose District
Madison, Wisconsin: State Street
Indianapolis, Indiana: Washington Street downtown; Broad Ripple Avenue.....
Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.
Performances are anything that people find entertaining. Performers may do acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, caricatures, clowning, comedy, contortions, escapology, dance, singing, fire skills, flea circus, fortune-telling, juggling, magic, mime, living statue, musical performance, puppeteering, snake charming, storytelling or reciting poetry or prose, street art such as sketching and painting, street theatre, sword swallowing, and ventriloquism.
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