7th Busker Ball

This Thursday we attended the 7th quarterly Busker Ball, an event organized by Theo Eastwind, in which some of the best buskers in New York performed at Williamsburg bar and music venue Spike Hill. Theo has been inviting us to speak about busker’s rights, distribute flyers and sell t-shirts for the past few Busker Balls.

The lineup for this season’s show:

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Matthew Christian, back from Dakar, gave a presentation about BuskNY. Matthew outlined what we’ve done in the past year and our current projects, and announced our plans for the 2014 BuskNY T-shirt.

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It turned out Matthew had left a cache of misprints of last year’s shirt in a drawer. We sold a few but gave most of them away to the performers.


Our design for this summer’s shirt. I’m planning on cleaning it up a bit and printing with four colors on dark colored shirts. I’m using a different technique of printing this time in which each layer will be hand-painted directly onto the screens without the need for photo emulsion or an exposure unit.

Following the success of last year’s Kickstarter campaign, we will be raising the money to make our new shirts free to all performers. We would like to include footage of a variety of buskers in our video, so if you would like to participate you can either send your own brief clips (webcam or phone video is fine) of yourself performing or speaking about busking and police harassment to milo@buskny.com, or contact us so that we can film you ourselves later in the month when we’re putting the video together.

The next Busker Ball is October 30th at 7:30 at Spike Hill!

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  2. You Have the Right NOT to Remain Silent
    NYC Busker Ball 8 Takes on Police Crackdown on Street Performers
    October 16th

    Buskers Rally & Rock Spike Hill

    NEW YORK CITY – The next NYC Busker Ball is taking a stand on the current, and unlawful, police crackdown on busking within and above the New York City subway system with a protest party on October 16.

    “We’re rallying and issuing a call for action in defense of our 1st Amendment rights,” said Theo Eastwind, organizer of the event. “The cops have been out of control as of late with their increased and unjust harassment of New York City public performers. With our next NYC Busker Ball 8 event at the club Spike Hill in Williamsburg Brooklyn we promise to be about more than just music and good times; we plan to shine a light on what’s been going on above and underground to our busking brothers and sisters at the hands of local law enforcement. The unfair ticketing and illegal arrests have to stop!”

    A super secret surprise guest gets it going at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by Congolese subway songstress Grace Kalambay at 8:15 p.m., Theo Eastwind at 9:00 p.m., then experimental cellist and prison reform activist Jacob Cohen at 9:45 p.m., the underground guerrilla music project named Bandits on the Run hits the stage at 10:30 p.m. and The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn bring it all home at 11:15 p.m.

    Busker Ball 8 takes place on October 16 at Spike Hill (184-186 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn). Convenient transportation to the event is available by taking the L train to Bedford Avenue or the G to Metropolitan Avenue. The suggested donation for the show is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. and more information about the NCY Busker Ball 8 party is available at: https://www.facebook.com/nycbuskerball

    This is more than just a fun fight for your rights party, it’s a call to action to other musicians, the general public and members of the media to stand up, come together and demand justice for all. These are our rights, and if we fail to use them then we’re going to lose them.

    Media Contact:
    Stevie B
    Mia Mind Music
    Phone: 800-843-8575
    Email: info@miamindmusic.com

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