Street Artist of the Day: Accordionista, Melissa Elledge

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Wow. I have fallen into a rut in the last six months. I have stuck safely to my electronic favorites and been revisiting some indie rock staples that I hold dear. Every once in a while though, something new awakens my interest in non-conventional forms of music, and I fall down a bizarre rabbit hole of bluegrass or melodic Norwegian metal. Melissa Elledge may have just become the arbiter for a whole new adventure into the orifices of the accordion….


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We Were Featured on NPR Affiliate, WFUV

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I was delighted to be featured on Cityscape with George Bodarky, of WFUV.  Cityscape, is an award-winning public affairs program from WFUV Public Radio, which is an NPR affiliate in New York. If you missed the show, you can hear it in its entirety by clicking the link below. Thank you for the continued support. Cityscape and Busking Show    


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Street Artist of the Day, Tara Hack Music Review

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Oh, the gift of music. It may not be something big corporate sellout acts really care about anymore, but in the world of New York City independent busking it is alive and well. Tara Hack organically writes acoustic love songs seemingly about events that occurred just months ago and are still wildly fresh from the musician (and not recycled reiterations from decades ago).  ‘Letters from the Case’ is Tara Hack’s mini-album, otherwise known as an EP, which captures the imaginative…


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Street Artist of The Day: Lindsay Dragan

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    Written by Ryan Merkel of Culture Tease and Resident Review Guru of TNBTA®. I consider myself a rather astute listener, so this slightly embarrassing story is a little peculiar. I was listening to two tracks at the same time from the absolutely elegant guitarist and vocalist, Lindsay Dragan. It was certainly a mistake, a little journalistic multi-tasking that occurs when one is busy readying their thoughts and finding some background about who and what they are listening to. …


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What Is Busking?

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What is busking?  Where did it come from? How long has it been around? These are all questions that have no easy answer; if they have answers at all. In its most simple and uncontested definition, busking is performing on street corners in exchange for money.  Check out our 4 minute video, in which we attempt to scratch the surface of this unique culture, and perhaps gain a little understanding along the way. It is in no means meant to be…


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TNBTA®: Celebrates Busking in NYC

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Written by Heather Jacks and accompanied by an eleven-track vinyl record featuring the original music of a select number of participants, this 200-page art-style coffee table book measures 12’’ x 12’’ and weighs in at a whopping 8lbs. Putting the spotlight on an age-old profession, Jacks also seeks to stem the tide of regulation intended to suffocate creative expression and take performers off the streets. Over three years ago, Heather Jacks began a project dedicated to bringing attention to the…


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From Across the Big Pond, Live Lounge

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The changing economy is spurring a radical new approach to living and making a living; and for a growing number of creative musicians, that approach is working just fine. There is a new appreciation for all things indie and the unshackled minds that are at the forefront of the music revolution; case in point, Live Lounge, the UK based trio of criminally creative minds who are wielding musical tools of inspiration across generations, decades and continents.  Melding classical, jazz, funk,…


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Street Musician of the Day: Samantha Echo

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The best music in the world, you may never hear on mainstream radio; in fact, you probably won’t. The most original, the most daring, the most unique voices, often go unrecognized by the dominant music industry. The best music does not require us to plug in to computers or internet, or plug out of our daily lives. The best music the world has to offer is found within close proximity, on train platforms, street corners, parks and subway stops, across…


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Street Musician of the Day: Tara Hack, Songstress of the Streets

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“In San Francisco I was lucky enough to play with Jason Adamo,” says Tara Hack with her whimsical giggle filtering through the air. “He asked if I wanted to take a vocal lesson, and I said, ‘yeah, sure.’ I’m thinking I should get my ‘go-go-go’s’ ready. We went to the bar, took a shot of whiskey and high fived each other. Best vocal lesson I ever had.” Tara loves Panera bread, Greek Salads, tomato soup and her native New York…


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