One of the wonderful things about the music community in Asheville is that it’s extremely social. Informal jams and parties that turn into concerts are commonplace, as are chance busking encounters on the city streets. It’s also not uncommon for buskers with a lot of friends to act as a kind of social anchor point during their set. But this can cause problems—a buskers’ dilemma—when those friends hang out, talk and generally distract from the music. This sort of thing happens all the time, but I tend not to feature these kinds of performances on Busk Break, as the whole point is to document the music first and the context second.
But in this case, the interplay between the buskers and their genuinely excited-if-distracting friends perfectly illustrates this tricky challenge faced by street performers on a regular basis, and . Here, buskers Eris and Charles Clyde Toney II perform the original tune “Canned Animal.” The performers were surrounded by perhaps a dozen friends, not all of whom were focused on the music.