Boogie Buskers

Everynight Charley Checkup: Busking on the Streets

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Musicians typically choose to play safely before friends, family and fans. In recent weeks, however, many local musicians of various genres have been playing to strangers on the streets of […]

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Boogie Buskers: This Youngster Puts Other Street Buskers to Shame [VIDEO]

Posted June 26, 2015 at 9:23 am

Wednesday evening, Sara D. Roosevelt Park was bustling with sports activity. The basketball courts were buzzing with players for some sort of tournament; and Steve Nash’s eighth annual Showdown NYC entertained the masses at the Nike field a block south. But it was this busking youngster who stole the show. Hands down. The little dude […]

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SNL Lampoons Subway Breakdancers with ‘Matchbox 3’ Sketch [VIDEO]

Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:00 am

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live lampooned those dreaded in-car subway performers with a sketch about the fictional Matchbox 20 3 breakdancing crew (Kid Float, Amir, Lil’ Peanut). Every nuance of these panhandlers was addressed in the bit, including the “ladies and gentlemen” intro, crowded commuting conditions, and interaction with the competition (mariaches, accordion players, […]

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Boogie Buskers: Cowboy Mime in Delancey Station [Video]

Posted January 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

Can’t recall the last time we saw a legit mime in the subways, but leave it to the Lower East Side to sate our appetite.

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Boogie Buskers: West Houston Drum Dance

Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:23 am

After a long hiatus, it’s high time we revived our Boogie Buskers feature, in which we capture the city’s street performers entertaining the masses… On a recent summer afternoon, a pair of percussionists took up residence at the southeast corner of Mercer and West Houston, banging away those primal beats. But it was one little […]

Boogie Buskers: Subway Saxophonist

Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:10 am

City buskers are well aware of the favorable acoustics on the main level of the Broadway-Lafayette subway stop.  Yesterday afternoon, this lone saxophonist was playing his heart out, and could be heard throughout the entire station.  His efforts netted a sizable reward in coin.

Boogie Buskers: Lunch Licks in Washington Square Park

Posted October 9, 2009 at 6:29 am

Just past noon on Tuesday, we were enjoying some choice lunch licks in Washington Square Park, courtesy of the highly talented Park Foundation Jazz collective.  The musicians were the subject of an article in The Villager back in August, which exposed neighbors’ resentment of the noise.  Lincoln Anderson reported: The Park Foundation have played in […]

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Boogie Buskers: Mariachi Trio

Posted September 30, 2009 at 6:28 am

We were riding a northbound F train Friday evening when a Mariachi band boarded at the West 4th subway station. The trio of musicians – two guitars and an accordion – serenaded us straphangers for the briefest of moments before collecting tips and jumping to another car at the 14th Street stop. The buskers eventually […]

Boogie Buskers: Broadway Bucket Drummer

Posted August 28, 2009 at 6:26 am

Last night, this talented bucket drummer was tearing it up at the southwest corner of Houston and Broadway.  Dude, you’re totally in the band! Enough said.

Boogie Buskers: Xylopholks Entertain at West 4th

Posted July 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

The Xylopholks are a costumed troupe that plays pseudo-ragtime music in the city’s subway system. We’ve read about them quite a bit, but never had the distinct privilege of witnessing a live performance.  Until yesterday.   During the late afternoon rush, Cookie Monster and Pink Gorilla were jamming out like crazy on the downtown F platform […]

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