The Best Learning Space for Performance Is …

"B-Extreme_1786 SPWC Dublin," © 2013  tatchie, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

“B-Extreme_1786 SPWC Dublin,” © 2013 tatchie, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

This Chicago Tribune article about street performers points out a few things — about promotion, audience engagement, etc. — that artists can learn from busking. One of the best quotes is:

“It’s easier to play for a crowd that came to hear you,” guitarist Keithen Banks said. “But when you’re playing in front of a crowd that didn’t come to hear you and you win them over, you’re doing something.”

Everyone’s got to start somewhere (I remember seeing Michael Colyar on Venice Beach) — and these lessons learned from buskers can extend beyond the streets.

 

 

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