Also, you can see this year's photos on our Flickr!
July 28 2012
Today's the day! We hope you can make it.
July 19 2012
We made a Facebook event for the Busk and the Celebration. Be sure to sign up and share the love!
July 14 2012
It's that time again! The fouth annual Big Busk will happen July 28th on street corners throughout downtown Portland. So come down, walk around, we'll be there.
And the afterparty will be at Backspace. It'll be a free, all-ages show featuring bands from the Busk, and it'll start at 9 PM.
If you'd like to be a part, send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule coming shortly.
To busk is to play music or otherwise entertain people in a public place for tips.
Many musicians get their start by busking, and some famous musicians take to the streets just for fun. When he was young, Beck busked his way around Europe and L.A. Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders asked The Violent Femmes to open for them after seeing them busking in Milwaukee. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel, Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Norah Jones, Billie Holiday, Bon Jovi, Sting and Lou Reed have all played their music on downtown streets. In 2007, Joshua Bell played in the subway of Washington, D.C.
Buskers are a big part of what makes urban areas so fun. They invite us out of our iPods. They help make downtown beautiful.
In short, it's a respectable way to live one's art.
No permits are needed to busk in Portland. You should have no trouble from business owners or the police as long as you abide by the Street Musician Partnership Agreement and the sidewalk obstruction laws.
The Big Busk is a new music festival for downtown Portland.
These are the ingredients:
The idea is, for an entire afternoon, to saturate downtown with music. All kinds of music. Up and down Broadway, the transit mall, the park blocks to the esplanade.
There is no stage, but every corner is a stage. There is no audience, but everyone is the audience. There is no admission fee, but we trust attendees tip generously.
So it's kind of an experiment. It's also kind of an art project and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of creative defiance. Good music for tough times.
If you'd like to be a part, please send us an email.
Robert Wagner and his team at what has become pdx.fm were so supportive. Pitch Perfect, Jennifer Coughlin's story for Neighborhood Notes, considers busking in general and The Big Busk in specific. We were also mentioned on End Hits at The Mercury, Dave Knows Portland, and PDX Pipeline.