Greta Keating; An Intimate Conversation


Samantha Echo has an intimate conversation with Greta Keating @ Le House of Cole: Empowered Girls Are Empowered Women   Samantha Echo: How did you first become involved with music and songwriting? Greta Keating: I’ve always been surrounded by songwriting, since I was little. My dad is a musician, so I think he influenced me a bit, and what really made me first want to be a rock star was seeing Avril Lavigne when I was six. Although I wouldn’t exactly consider myself similar…

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Le House of Cole Mixer Empowers Ladies


Singer/Songwriter/NYC Busker, Samantha Echo, attended the premier mixer by Le House of Cole, Empowered Girls are Empowered Women. She kindly submitted a recap of the event for those of us, who couldn’t attend. Thank you, Sam!   On the afternoon of Sunday, February 8, I headed down to Williamsburg to attend and assist with the premier mixer hosted by Cole Williams-X of Le House of Cole. Cole Williams-X, also known as That’s My Cole, known for her soulful, rangy vocals, infectious…

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Mr. Moonshine Delivers Humor and Heart in Debut Album


On their debut album, slated to drop March 3, the four piece alternative rock band, Mr. Moonshine, has cast a wide net proving that they have a handle on anything from hard rock anthems to the Vaudevillian obscure.  Over the course of 12 tracks, they show they have the ability to paint in many styles. Think circa ‘80’s Red Hot Chili Peppers meet Metallica, and then go to a rodeo to down some ‘shrooms.  Well, here it is; gooey, glowing…

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Troubador/Busker Matt Turk Cold Revival Album Review


A folk plea for universal mercy, sung in the crystal clear voice of veteran Americana wordsmith, Matt Turk, sets the tone for the eleven tracks on his latest work, Cold Revival. At heart and soul, Matt Turk is a folk singer. I met him in New York City, when I was creating my first book, celebrating the spirit of busking. I’ve had the pleasure of following his career for the past few years, and here he dives headfirst into personal…

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Busker Brian Belknap, Cradle To Grave Album Review


Alongside the rainbow colored streets, under lovingly and artfully restored building facades, a voice filled with gravel and gut bucket blues, spills onto the sidewalks. Perched on a small stool, music accoutrements at his feet; banjo, accordion, guitar, harmonica; there sits a gentleman of sinew and force, a fedora hat slightly askew on his head, telling his stories and selling his songs; inviting us– the random passersby to find and lose ourselves at the same time.  In that moment, one…

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Bay Area Street Performance is the Focus of Upcoming Art Style Coffee Table Book


  For Immediate Release: Monday, February 2nd, 2015  Patreon Campaign Announced To Raise Funds To Create Multi-Media Art Book Project Focusing on Bay Area Street Musicians  Bay Area Street Performance is the Focus of Upcoming Art Style Coffee Table Book SAN FRANCISCO, CA., February 2, 2015 — (San Francisco, CA) – Producer and music journalist Heather Jacks, author of The Noise Beneath the Apple®, (TNBTA®), announced today the launch of a Patreon campaign to raise funds for her new Limited Edition Art Style/Coffee…

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Jesse Macht’s New Video Rings in Holiday Tradition With Feel Good Sentiment


Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. Your hair is turning gray, you can’t sleep, and your ulcers are flaring up. If this sound like your typical holiday pre-show, it’s time to start doing things differently. Take a break and enjoy a new music video from Jesse Macht, “This Light”. It’s a feel-good holiday piece that reminds you it’s okay to change how you celebrate. It’s your holiday, after all. And if you feel just a little pick me…

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Tip Me, You Wanker! Jack Dempsey Busks From Across the Big Pond

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Editor’s Note: We are delighted to welcome Jack Dempsey, from across the Big Pond. Jack Dempsey is the author of Tip Me, You Wanker! A Comedy Of Ill Manners In London’s Underground Tube. This is his first in a series of guest posts he will contribute to TNBTA®. Enjoy a good laugh and learn a bit about busking along the way! Cheers! Its 1978 and Britain’s Winter of Discontent is in full swing. It’s miserable. Luci and I are holed up in a squat in…

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Meet SF Street Artist, John Tunui

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On November 15th, Project Nunway 666; Heretics of Fashion was held at the SoMArts & Cultural Center. This annual charity event raises monies for the general fund of  The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence SF, chapter, who then grant the donations back to underfunded charities in the City. This year, I volunteered to run their first ever silent auction. Many local artisans donated their work. It was a huge success, generating over $4,000 for the Sisters.  As the holidays approach, I wanted…

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Buskers of the Day, Franglais; An Audio Postcard for the Ages


  Some years ago, my son and I spent a summer in France. It was one of those moments that stay frozen in time; like a favorite movie that keeps replaying in heart and head. My son, then 16 had yet to enter that stage, where exasperated sighs would escape through clenched teeth and eyes would roll at the very sound of the parental voice. We drank cappuccino, gorged on pastries, traveled and reveled in all that is French. That…

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