A Spectacular Subway Series: NYC Busker Ball VII
I make my way to and from work each day by riding the subway. Usually along the way I'll pass one or more street performers. Some are musicians, and others are dancers, magicians, storytellers, painters or poets. The best of them will have a crowd that draws tightly around them, that if pleased with the performance will drop some money into the busker's proverbial hat before leaving. I guess it's a good job if you can get it.
Well if you don't ride the subways or walk the streets that often there is an alternative. Every 3 months or so there's an on going event in Brooklyn called the NYC Busker Ball. It's held at a nightclub located at 184 Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn called Spike Hill. At each event several underground artists are usually featured.
Initiated as a Red Cross fund raiser in 2012 for those who suffered the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, the buskers who were involved decided to keep it going over the years. The next one, NYC Busker Ball VII, is scheduled this week on July 24 and the doors open at 7 PM. As always, the best of the open public performers are on the bill and the price of admittance is only $10. In true busker fashion this is only a donation and not a required door charge.
NYC Busker Ball VII boasts the following subterranean superstars:
7:30 Ken Ruan
8:15 Emore Saylavee
9:00 Theo Eastwind
9:45 Cathy Grier
10:30 Gabriel Royal
11:15 Mr. Reed
Getting there by subway is easy. Take the L train to Bedford Avenue or the G to Metropolitan Avenue. Future NYC Busker Ball nights are scheduled for October 30, 2014 (NYC Busker Ball VIII), and January 22, 2015 (NYC Busker Ball IX). So if you want to see what kind of talent is hiding below the streets of New York City, but you don't want to fight those rush hour crowds, then NYC Busker Balls are made for you and the place to go (but before you do be sure to take a minute when you're on Facebook to Like/Follow www.facebook.com/nycbuskerball).