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From Post Malone to U2, Here Are 10 Times Musicians Went Undercover to Surprise Fans

Posty isn't the first major celeb to go incognito. From Demi Lovato posing as a Lyft driver to Maroon 5's secret NYC subway performance, see below for 10 times today's biggest artists looked just like everyone else.

1. Justin Bieber
Okay, so Bieber wasn't technically in disguise while cruising around in a Lyft surprising fans. However, every customer was thrilled to spend time with the superstar on the way to their destinations.

2. DJ Khaled
The Big Apple wasn't fooled by Khaled's Lyft driver disguise of a simple hat and sunglasses. He did manage to trick one customer, who unknowingly called the producer "a bit much" and "real dramatic."

3. Maroon 5
Adam Levine and James Valentine of the popular band joined Jimmy Fallon in the subway station below Rockefeller Center, dressed in fake facial hair and hats. After garnering a sizable crowd during their "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" cover, the big reveal led to cheers among the NYC crowd. 

4. Demi Lovato
While driving Lyft in Denver, Colorado, Lovato told fans that she is an aspiring singer who is "touring with her ex-boyfriend's brother," also known as Nick Jonas. 

5. U2
The iconic band and Jimmy Fallon rocked Grand Central station, shouting at commuters to spare some change. Bono belted "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," before revealing his true identity.

The downtown Los Angeles undercover Lyft was very successful for Joe Jonas, who many times wasn't wearing a disguise at all. One passenger noted his likeness to the Jonas Brother, and Jonas even packed the rest of DNCE into the car. 

7. Miley Cyrus
Cyrus was instantly recognized in the NYC subway with Fallon, singing her well-known rendition of "Jolene." 

8. Chance the Rapper
Chance drove around Chicago with Lyft, where he stopped to take selfies with excited fans who unknowingly all cited him as one of their favorite rappers.

9. Bon Jovi
The superstar teamed up with Omaze to crash a karaoke party mid-"Living on a Prayer."

Christina Aguilera
The pop star's powerhouse vocals gave way to dropped jaws across the subway station, with Fallon providing quality background vocals. Fans soon realized that a voice like that could only belong to someone like Aguilera.


Everyone loves seeing their favorite singers in concert, and the only thing that could be better is seeing those musicians out on the street. Imagine walking down the sidewalk or getting onto a subway car and hearing your favorite singer start to perform his or her greatest hits.

These eight musicians gave shoppers, commuters and spectators something to write home about when they belted out spur of the moment, surprise performances. Check out these videos and see why these stars are just as great off stage as they are on.

Andrea Bocelli

On Christmas Day , world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli gave Miami churchgoers an amazing surprise when he performed at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach. He attended the Christmas mass, which was delivered in Italian, and gave no indication that he would be performing until he was led to the pulpit and began to sing. Bocelli sang "Adeste Fideles" ("O Come All Ye Faithful") and "Silent Night." Churchgoers were shocked and their spirits were lifted by the unplanned performance.

Michael Bublé

Bublé gave New York subway riders a huge surprise when he joined the group "Naturally 7" for an impromptu performance of "Who's Lovin' You" at the 66th Street Lincoln Center subway stop in March of Commuters stopped in their tracks to listen to and record the performance. Bublé said afterward that singing in the New York subway is the "most authentic, organic way to make music."

Joshua Bell

His name may not mean much to people who aren't fans of classical music, but Joshua Bell is one of the best violinists in the world. In , he completed an experiment, envisioned by the Washington Post, in which he played his current concert repertoire as an incognito busker in a Washington D.C. metro station. The experiment was videotaped on hidden camera to see how commuters would react. Of the 1, people who passed him during his 45 minute performance, just 27 people donated money, for a total of $, and only one person recognized him.

Avril Lavigne

The "Sk8er Boi" singer took to the New York City subway, dressed in her typical sweatshirt and baggy pants, for an impromptu performance in Accompanied by musicians playing a guitar and percussion instruments, she sang both in stations and on subway cars as they moved. She made about $16 during the performance, funds she promptly gave to a homeless individual.

Steven Tyler

The Aerosmith singer surprised restaurant patrons when he took the mic at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in The historic venue was, as Tyler later told reporters, the smallest room he had ever played. He performed Aerosmith's hit songs "Jaded" and "Dream On" for the unsuspecting audience.

Jimmy Sommerville

The Scottish pop star and a former member of Bronski Beat joined a Berlin street musician who was singing one of the band's songs for an impromptu public harmony. The busker was singing "Smalltown Boy" when Sommerville, who was walking his dog at the time, caught wind of the tune and joined in, much to the guitarist's surprise. The street musician and his spectators were shocked to see the famous singer step up and chime in with the duet.


Rapper Coolio met a group of young British fans and University of Central Lancashire students during a night on the town and ended up giving them a music lesson like no other. In fact, he liked them so much that he met up with them the next day, cooked them dinner and taught them the finer points of singing his hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The students probably didn't think they'd ever have the chance to harmonize with Coolio right in their own living room.

Andy Grammer

Grammer's no stranger to leaving his guitar case open, hoping for a couple of dollars. The "Keep Your Head Up" singer got his start as a busker on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. After getting his big break, Grammer returned to the Promenade for an impromptu performance of "Biggest Man in Los Angeles," in which he sings about his days as a street musician. Many locals still remember Grammer from his early days, and he quickly attracted a large crowd.

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Where can The Sweethearts perform a surprise serenade or singing telegram?
The Sweethearts can perform at any public, private or corporate event.  The Sweethearts have also appeared at restaurants, offices and parks!

How does it work?
The Sweethearts can burst onto the scene of your event or surprise the guest of honor at a restaurant or workplace.  Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion, The Sweethearts offer a 's serenade complete with photo ops with the honored guest(s).  Roll out the cake and The Sweethearts can lead your guests in Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary for their finale!

Do The Sweethearts sing with accompaniment?
Yes! The Sweethearts perform with professionally produced background track accompaniment and can arrive with a portable sound system provided by Sunset Singers or easily connect with the sound system at your event.

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How do I book a surprise serenade for our event?
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Celebrities Surprise Street Performers by Joining Them Part 1

Street performance

"Busker" and "Busking" redirect here. For the element in a corset, see Busk. For other uses, see Busking (disambiguation).

"Street music" and "Street singer" redirect here. For other uses, see Street Music and Street singer (disambiguation).

For the fundraising pledge system also known as the Street Performer Protocol, see Threshold pledge system.

Performing in public places for gratuities

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers in the United Kingdom. Buskers is not a term generally used in American English.[1][2]

Performances are anything that people find entertaining, including acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, caricatures, clowning, comedy, contortions, escapology, dance, singing, fire skills, flea circus, fortune-telling, juggling, magic, mime, living statue, musical performance, puppeteering, snake charming, storytelling or reciting poetry or prose, street art such as sketching and painting, street theatre, sword swallowing, and ventriloquism.


The term busking was first noted in the English language around the middle s in Great Britain. The verb to busk, from the word busker, comes from the Spanish root word buscar, with the meaning "to seek".[3] The Spanish word buscar in turn evolved from the Indo-European word *bhudh-skō ("to win, conquer").[4] It was used for many street acts, and was the title of a famous Spanish book about one of them, El Buscón. Today, the word is still used in Spanish but mostly reserved for female street sex workers, or mistresses of married men.[citation needed]


There have been performances in public places for gratuities in every major culture in the world, dating back to antiquity. For many musicians street performance was the most common means of employment before the advent of recording and personal electronics.[5] Prior to that, a person had to produce any music or entertainment, save for a few mechanical devices such as the barrel organ, the music box, and the piano roll. Organ grinders were commonly found busking in the old days.

Busking is common among some Romani people. Romantic mention of Romani music, dancers and fortune tellers are found in all forms of song poetry, prose and lore. The Roma brought the word busking to England by way of their travels along the Mediterranean coast to Spain and the Atlantic Ocean and then up north to England and the rest of Europe.

In medieval France, buskers were known by the terms troubadours and jongleurs. In northern France, they were known as trouveres. In old German, buskers were known as Minnesingers and Spielleute. In obsolete French, it evolved to busquer for "seek, prowl" and was generally used to describe prostitutes. In Russia, buskers are called skomorokh, and their first recorded history appears around the 11th century.

Mariachis, Mexican bands that play a style of music by the same name, frequently busk when they perform while traveling through streets and plazas, as well as in restaurants and bars.[6]

We like playing for big crowds, and the goal all along has been for people to pay a little to come and see us. But it all started on street corners, and that is still very connected to what we do. It's such a validating musical experience. Busking is a very humble and brave act that takes courage to do well. It's also about the energy of music being alive outside in a city You can walk right by it right in front of you. Sure, to some people you're just another guy with his hand out, so sometimes busking can be great social barometer. You're able to gauge who you live with on earth.[7]

Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show

Around the midth century Japanese Chindonya started to be seen using their skills for advertising, and these street performers are still occasionally seen in Japan. Another Japanese street performance form dating from the Edo period is Nankin Tamasudare, in which the performer creates large figures using a bamboo mat.

In the 19th century, Italian street musicians (mainly from Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Basilicata) began to roam worldwide in search of fortune. Musicians from Basilicata, especially the so-called Viggianesi, would later become professional instrumentalists in symphonic orchestras, especially in the United States.[8] The street musicians from Basilicata are sometimes cited as an influence on Hector Malot's Sans Famille.[9]

In the United States, medicine shows proliferated in the 19th century. They were traveling vendors selling elixirs and potions to improve the health. They would often employ entertainment acts as a way of making the clients feel better. The people would often associate this feeling of well-being with the products sold. After these performances, they would "pass the hat".

One-man bands have historically performed as buskers playing a variety of instruments simultaneously. One-man bands proliferated in urban areas in the 19th and early 20th centuries and still perform to this day. A current one-man band plays all their instruments acoustically usually combining a guitar, a harmonica, a drum and a tambourine. They may also include singing. Many still busk but some are booked to play at festivals and other events.

Folk music has always been an important part of the busking scene. Cafe, restaurant, bar and pub busking is a mainstay of this art form. Two of the more famous folk singers are Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez. The delta bluesmen were mostly itinerant musicians emanating from the Mississippi Delta region of the USA around the early s and on. B.B. King is one famous example who came from these roots.

The counterculture of the hippies of the s occasionally staged "be-ins", which resembled some present-day busker festivals. Bands and performers would gather at public places and perform for free, passing the hat to make money. The San Francisco Bay Area was at the epicenter of this movement – be-ins were staged at Golden Gate Park and San Jose's Bee Stadium and other venues. Some of the bands that performed in this manner were Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe and the Fish, Moby Grape and Jimi Hendrix.

German street performers play for pedestrians in

Christmas caroling can also be a form of busking, as wassailing included singing for alms, wassail or some other form of refreshment such as figgy pudding. In the Republic of Ireland, the traditional Wren Boys, and in England Morris Dancing can be considered part of the busking tradition.

In India and Pakistan's Gujarati region, Bhavai is a form of street art where there are plays enacted in the village, the barot or the village singer also is part of the local entertainment scene.

In the s, some performers have begun "Cyber Busking". Artists post work or performances on the Internet for people to download or "stream" and if people like it they make a donation using PayPal.[citation needed]


There are three basic forms of street performance

"Circle shows" are shows that tend to gather a crowd around them. They usually have a distinct beginning and end. Usually these are done in conjunction with street theatre, puppeteering, magicians, comedians, acrobats, jugglers and sometimes musicians. Circle shows can be the most lucrative. Sometimes the crowds attracted can be very large. A good busker will control the crowd so the patrons do not obstruct foot traffic.

"Walk-by acts" are typically where the busker performs a musical, living statue or other act that does not have a distinct beginning or end and the public usually watch for a brief time. A walk by act may turn into a circle show if the act is unusual or very popular.

"Stoplight performers" present their act and get contributions from vehicle occupants on a crosswalk while the traffic lights are red. A variety of disciplines can be used in such format (juggling, break dancing, even magic tricks). Because of the short period of time available to them, stoplight performers must have a very brief, condensed routine. This form is seen more commonly in Latin America than elsewhere.

Collecting money[edit]

Buskers collect donations and tips from the public in a variety of containers and by different methods depending on the type of busking they are performing. For walk by acts their instrument case or a special can or box is often used. For circle shows the performer will typically collect money at the end of the show, although some performers will also collect during the show to ensure all audience members have had a chance to show appreciation for their skills. Sometimes a performer will employ a bottler, hat man, or pitch man to collect money from the audience. The term bottler is a British term which originated following the use of the top half of a bottle to collect money. The bottle had a leather flap inserted in the bottle neck and a leather pouch attached. This design allowed coins to be put in the bottle but not allow them to be removed easily without the coins jingling against the glass. The first use of such contrivances was recorded by the famous Punch and Judy troupe of puppeteers in early Victorian times.[10] Bottling itself can be an art form, and the difference between a good and a bad bottler can be crucial to the amount of money earned on a pitch. A good bottler is able to encourage audience members to give money. A bottler usually gets a cut of the money made on the pitch. Prior to the 20th century, it was common for buskers to use a trained monkey as a bottler. That practice has diminished or ceased in many countries due to changes in social attitudes and animal control laws. However some modern buskers use a device known as monkey stick which is a long stick with bottle caps or small cymbals attached to make a noise before a show or prior to making a collection.


Classical fiddler in Arles, France
Mother and son busking in Lhasa, Tibet,
Acrobat jumping over volunteers in Washington, D.C.

The place where a performance occurs is called a "pitch". A good pitch can be the key to success as a busker. An act that might make money at one place and time may not work at all in another setting. Popular pitches tend to be public places with large volumes of pedestrian traffic, high visibility, low background noise and as few elements of interference as possible. Good locations may include tourist spots, popular parks, entertainment districts including many restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs and theaters, subways and bus stops, outside the entrances to large concerts and sporting events, almost any plaza or town square as well as zócalos in Latin America and piazzas in other regions. Other places include shopping malls, strip malls, and outside supermarkets, although permission is usually required from management for these.

In her book, Underground Harmonies: Music and Politics in the Subways of New York, Susie J. Tanenbaum examined how the adage "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast" plays out in regards to busking. Her sociological studies showed that in areas where buskers regularly perform, crime rates tended to go down, and that those with higher education attainment tended to have a more positive view of buskers than did those of lesser educational attainment.[11] Some cities encourage busking in particular areas,[12] giving preference to city government-approved buskers and even publishing schedules of performances.[13]

Many cities in the United States have particular areas known to be popular spots for buskers. Performers are found at many locations like Mallory Square in Key West, in New Orleans, in New York around Central Park, Washington Square, and the subway systems, in San Francisco, in Washington, D.C. around the transit centers, in Los Angeles around Venice Beach, the Santa MonicaThird Street Promenade, and the Hollywood area, in Chicago on Maxwell Street, in the Delmar Loop district of St. Louis, and many other locations throughout the US. Busking is still quite common in Scotland, Ireland, and England with musicians and other street performers of varying talent levels.


See also: Busking (U.S. case law)

The first recorded instances of laws affecting buskers were in ancient Rome in BC. The Law of the Twelve Tables made it a crime to sing about or make parodies of the government or its officials in public places; the penalty was death.[14][15]Louis the Pious "excluded histriones and scurrae, which included all entertainers without noble protection, from the privilege of justice".[16] In Henry VIII ordered the licensing of minstrels and players, fortune-tellers, pardoners and fencers, as well as beggars who could not work. If they did not obey they could be whipped on two consecutive days.[17]

In the United States under constitutional law and most European common law, the protection of artisticfree speech extends to busking. In the U.S. and many countries, the designated places for free speech behavior are the public parks, streets, sidewalks, thoroughfares and town squares or plazas. Under certain circumstances even private property may be open to buskers, particularly if it is open to the general public and busking does not interfere with its function and management allows it or other forms of free speech behaviors or has a history of doing so.[18]

While there is no universal code of conduct for buskers, there are common law practices which buskers must conform to. Most jurisdictions have corresponding statutory law. In the UK busking regulation is not universal with most laws (if there are any) being governed by local councils.[19] Some towns in the British Isles limit the licenses issued to bagpipers because of the volume and difficulty of the instrument.[citation needed] In Great Britain places requiring licenses for buskers may also require auditions of anyone applying for a busking license.[citation needed] Oxford City Council have decided to enact a public spaces protection order. Some venues that do not regulate busking may still ask performers to abide by voluntary rules. Some places require a special permit to use electronically amplified sound and may have limits on the volume of sound produced.[20] It is common law that buskers or others should not impede pedestrian traffic flow, block or otherwise obstruct entrances or exits, or do things that endanger the public. It is common law that any disturbing or noisy behaviors may not be conducted after certain hours in the night. These curfew limitations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It is common law that "performing blue" (i.e. using material that is sexually explicit or any vulgar or obscene remarks or gestures) is generally prohibited unless performing for an adults-only environment such as in a bar or pub.

In London, busking is prohibited in the entire area of the City of London. The London Underground provides busking permits in tube stations. Most London boroughs do not license busking, but they have optional powers, under the London Local Authorities Act , if there is sufficient reason to do so. Where these powers have not been adopted, councils can rely on other legislation including the Environmental Protection Act to deal with noise nuisance from buskers and the Highways Act to deal with obstructions. Camden Council is currently looking into further options to control the problem of nuisance buskers and the playing of amplified music to the detriment of local residents and businesses.[21]

Buskers may find themselves targeted by thieves due to the very open and public nature of their craft. Buskers may have their earnings, instruments or props stolen. One particular technique that thieves use against buskers is to pretend to make a donation while actually taking money out instead, a practice known as "dipping" or "skimming". George Burns described his days as a youthful busker this way:[22]

Sometimes the customers threw something in the hats. Sometimes they took something out of the hats. Sometimes they took the hats.

Notable performers[edit]

  • 5 Seconds of Summer, Australian pop rock band. Prior to achieving international fame, the band busked in Rouse Hill and other parts of Sydney.[23]
  • Abby the Spoon Lady is a professional spoon player, street performer, and busking advocate who lives in Asheville, NC.[24]
  • Josephine Baker started street dancing to make money and was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show at the age of 15, which started her dancing career.
  • Joshua Bell, a noted classical violinist, posed as a busker in the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station in Washington, D.C. at rush hour in , as part of a feature in The Washington Post. In the 45 minutes Bell played, only seven people out of over a thousand who passed by stopped to watch, and he took in just over $ Gene Weingarten later won a Pulitzer Prize for the story.[25]
  • Catfish the Bottleman a well known busker from Sydney, Australia, so inspired Van McCann of Catfish and the Bottlemen that he named his band after him. He watched him perform as a child and said that it was his first memory of music.[26]
  • Tracy Chapman began her career busking in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Mike Doughty, former singer for Soul Coughing, released Busking, which contains 12 tracks from a busking performance in the 14th Street subway station in New York City.[27]
  • Newton Faulkner has been known to busk and video footage of him busking has been made available on YouTube, including a full acoustic cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".
  • Benjamin Franklin, the American inventor and statesman, was a street performer. He composed songs, poetry and prose about the current events and went out in public and performed them. He would then sell printed copies of them to the public. He was dissuaded from busking by his father who convinced him it was not worth the stigmas that some people attach to it. It was this experience that helped form his beliefs in free speech, which he wrote about in his journals.[5]
  • G4, the British popera quartet, performed as buskers across London during their college days.[28][29]
  • Shannon Hoon, former singer for Blind Melon, was known to busk all over the U.S.[citation needed]
  • Colin Huggins, classical pianist, performs on a Grand Piano in Washington Square Park and other parks in Greenwich Village, New York City
  • 'Guy Laliberté was a street performer when he founded the Cirque du Soleil theatrical company in [30]
  • Loreena McKennitt, developing a passion for Celtic music, learned to play the Celtic harp and began busking at various places, including St. Lawrence Market in Toronto in order to earn money to record her first album.
  • Edward McMichael was a celebrated street musician known as Seattle's "Tuba Man", who busked outside the city's various sports and performing arts venues. In , he was killed by attackers who were attempting to rob him.
  • Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow, AKA Satan and Adam, were busking on th Street in Harlem, New York City, in the summer of when the members of U2, accompanied by a film crew, paused to watch the blues duo. The scene later appeared in the film Rattle and Hum.[31]
  • George Michael used to busk near the London Underground, performing songs such as '39 by Queen.[32]
  • Peter Mulvey, the singer-songwriter, recorded an entire album down in the Boston Subway, where he was a regular busker. In most cases, songs were recorded in one or two takes.[33]
  • Kristyna Myles Myles won the BBC Radio 5 Live Busker of the Year competition in and has gone on to sign a recording contract with Decca. Her debut album is due for release in September
  • Paul Oscher, a famous Blues musician and harp player, has busked as "Brooklyn Slim" on the Venice Boardwalk to try out new material. Oscher, a two time W.C Handy Award winner, was the harp player for Muddy Waters and his band in the latter s and early s. He currently performs at blues festivals in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Natalia Paruz who can be seen in movies such as Dummy and heard on many movie soundtracks has been playing the musical saw in the New York City subway since [34]
  • Alice Tan Ridley, busked in New York City subway stations for 30 years; semi-finalist in America's Got Talent, mother of Gabourey Sidibe[35]
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, began their career by busking in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Peg Leg Sam, a famous harmonica player from South Carolina, preferred busking over all other forms/venues. His most requested song was "John Henry".[citation needed]
  • Daniel Seavey performed in the streets of Portland, Oregon, and subsequently joined boy band Why Don't We.
  • Ketch Secor, whose group Old Crow Medicine Show started with busking and remains committed to it, has said: "People have short attention spans. So if you can get 'em to stop if you can get 'em to listen with a song, then you've got yourself a keeper."[36]
  • The Piccadilly Rats, street performance group from Manchester, England
  • Tuba Skinny, street band in New Orleans
  • Rod Stewart began hanging around folk singer Wizz Jones and busking, at Leicester Square and other London spots in [37] On several trips over the next 18 months Jones and Stewart took their act to Brighton and then to Paris, sleeping under bridges over the River Seine, and then finally to Barcelona.[37] Finally this resulted in Stewart being rounded up and deported from Spain for vagrancy during [37][38]
  • Tash Sultana, an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who busked on the streets of Melbourne.[39]
  • KT Tunstall, a popular Scottish singer, has been recorded busking in Glasgow.
  • Nik Turner, former saxophonist with Hawkwind and Inner City Unit, continues to busk regularly in the streets of his adopted hometown Cardigan.
  • T. Rex members Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took first performed as an acoustic guitar/bongos duo when they went busking together in Hyde Park in summer after their electric equipment had been confiscated by Track Records and their two bandmates had both left. In this acoustic format, the duo would go on to release three albums.
  • Violent Femmes were discovered by James Honeyman-Scott (of The Pretenders) on 23 August , when the band was busking on a street corner in front of the Oriental Theatre, the Milwaukee venue that The Pretenders would be playing later that night. Chrissie Hynde invited them to play a brief acoustic set after the opening act.
  • Yamunabai Waikar, decorated Indian folk–Lavani–Tamasha artist busked with her mother as a child.[40]
  • Hayley Westenra at one time busked on the streets of Christchurch, New Zealand.[41]
  • Damo Suzuki, the singer of the band Can, was found by band members Czukay and Liebezeit busking outside a Munich café and was asked to perform with the band that same night.
  • Unipiper, a performer in Portland, Oregon, who is known for playing the bagpipes on a unicycle.
  • Keytar Bear, a busker in Boston, Massachusetts, who wears a bear suit and plays a keytar.
  • Tones and I, an Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and musician.
  • Don Partridge, an English singer and songwriter, known as the "king of the buskers". Achieved unexpected commercial success in the UK and Europe in the late s with the songs "Rosie", "Blue Eyes" and "Breakfast On Pluto".

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