Buskers, however innately transient, also boast a collective permanence in downtown Asheville. During his solo set, singer and guitarist Jason Brazzel paired his sturdy rasp with peppy strums, covers with originals.
A bassoon duo performed classical music on Wall Street while a passerby helped hold the sheet music on the stand.
New Orleans-based buskers Yes Ma’am! perform their original tune in front of the Woolworth Walk.
Daniel Hensley rocks the drums, Big Nasty plays “Tin Roof Blues” and a jazz four-piece covers Fleetwood Mac.
Traveling busker Kris Wahl performs this original tune, joined by Charles Clyde Toney II and Eris Valentine.
Local busker Aaron Basskin performs his original tune “What To Do” in front of the Iron sculpture on downtown Asheville.
Three never-seen Busk Breaks from 2011, and a special bonus featuring the cast of NCSC’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
For a variety of reasons, some videos recorded for Busk Break get overlooked, put on the back burner or forgotten. Today, we’re unsealing the archives and taking a look at three such videos.
Performing together for the first time, this trio covers Little Richard’s classic song in Pritchard Park.
Euphonium-fronted chamber-pop-leaning indie lounge, anyone?
Four funk/soul/hip-hop musicians and a dancer with a wounded foot trekked all the way up to Asheville for this busking set.
“This is about living the good life, South of the border, with a little girl named Maria.”
Traveling musicians Jeff Connor and Paul Richter perform their original song “My Mind Is Made Up” in front of the BB&T Building.
Members of the New Orleans-based busking band perform their version of Etta Baker’s signature tune.
Komuso monk Jon Kypros plays Honkyoku music on his shakuhachi while wearing the Tengai. If that sentence doesn’t get your attention, nothing will.
This New Jersey-based busker rips Monti’s masterpiece right out of Lady Gaga’s hands.
This traveling busker covers Elenowen’s closest thing to a hit song.
She may be new to busking, but you’d never know it from this performance.
This local jazz act covers an all-time classic.
Proof positive that Woody Guthrie’s tunes are alive and well on the streets of Asheville.
Suspenders, Irish folk music and bravado — back by popular demand! (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)