Everynight Charley Checkup: Busking on the Streets

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 at 5:09 am by

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 Manhattan. It is a rare and daring breed of musicians who are clever in finding new places to present their music and ambitious in attracting the attention of passing pedestrians. Here are some of the musicians who may stop you in your tracks as you are moving through downtown.

(All photos courtesy of Everynight Charley Crispo, except where otherwise noted.)

Josh Rubinstein at Cooper Square on June 25

Macchio + Morita with Cobra Kai outside S’Mac on June 24

Bobby Harden w. his Soul Purpose Quartet at Battery Park Plaza on June 24 (photograph by Seth Okrend)

Jane Cohen performed outside the Beacon Theatre on June 22

Dorian Lake (far right) in the graveyard outside St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on June 20

New York Serenaders at Washington Square Park on June 20

Mimi & the Podd Brothers at Washington Square Park on June 20

Matt Cross outside the East Village Social on June 20

Anne Husick at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Gina Healy and Angello Olivieri at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

SoulCake at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Candy John at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Maya Cristina Caballero at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Susan Mitchell at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Puma Perl & Friends at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Jennifer Blowdryer at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

Kit Krash at the 6th St. & Avenue B Community Garden on June 18

EveryTing on St. Marks Place on June 5

Nostranders at Tompkins Square Park on June 18

This guitar, tuba and snare drum trio does not have a name yet, but they played on West Third Street on June 2

High and Mighty Brass along lower Second Avenue on May 14

The East Village All-Stars along First Avenue on May 27

Zack Heru in a 14th Street subway station corridor on May 15

Gonzalo Salvo on a 14th Street subway platform on May 15

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