June 13, 2014

Gabriel Royal, the Cellist of Metropolitan Ave. (and other L-train stations)

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May 25, 2014
Pianist in Washington Square Park

Pianist in Washington Square Park

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May 16, 2013
5Pointz, the legendary graffiti mecca in Long Island, will host a SummerStage party celebrating the "40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop" on Aug. 11

Check out the custom site I built for SummerStage and if you like it, please toss it a vote in the HackSummerStage challenge!

5Pointz, the legendary graffiti mecca in Long Island, will host a SummerStage party celebrating the "40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop" on Aug. 11

Check out the custom site I built for SummerStage and if you like it, please toss it a vote in the HackSummerStage challenge!

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May 13, 2013
SummerStage 2013 is coming! I built a website that makes it easier to search through the great music listings and also hand-compiled YouTube videos for all of the performers. The site is called “SummerStageLove"…Check it out here.

If you like it, please feel free to vote for it in the HackSummerStage challenge.

SummerStage 2013 is coming! I built a website that makes it easier to search through the great music listings and also hand-compiled YouTube videos for all of the performers. The site is called “SummerStageLove"…Check it out here.

If you like it, please feel free to vote for it in the HackSummerStage challenge.

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March 22, 2013
Gabriel Royal, playing the cello at the Bedford stop in Williamsburg

Gabriel Royal, playing the cello at the Bedford stop in Williamsburg

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January 15, 2013
Jazz player as the 7 train goes by

Jazz player as the 7 train goes by

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Filed under: music Jazz NYC subway 7 train Manhattan 
December 19, 2012
Violinist under Rockefeller Center. I took some video of his performance here.

Violinist under Rockefeller Center. I took some video of his performance here.

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December 16, 2012
Jazz in Grand Central, 7 line

Jazz in Grand Central, 7 line

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Filed under: NYC Grand Central subway MTA 7 jazz music people 
November 26, 2012

A Midtown subway violinist

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October 25, 2012
What kind of crazy guitar is this? As seen at the L train 1st Ave stop

What kind of crazy guitar is this? As seen at the L train 1st Ave stop

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Filed under: manhattan nyc performer music guitar 
October 17, 2012

The Ebony Hillbillies in Herald Square station; these guys made me get to work late.

(Source: youtube.com)

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August 28, 2012
Banjo man, L Train at Bedford Stop

Banjo man, L Train at Bedford Stop

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July 16, 2012

Violinist at Central Park; the bar for making money as a street music performer has been raised.

(Source: youtube.com)

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April 1, 2012
As a big @arstechnica fan, I was geekily-excited when I saw that my Flickr account had a referral (yeah, I had nothing else better to do on Sunday). It turns out it came from this discussion thread where users post screenshots of their desktop. An ars-user apparently has my photo of Kaki King as his/her computer’s background(!)
It’s actually the second oldest photo on my Flickr account, taken from a November 2008 Kaki King concert at Webster Hall. I think it may have been my first concert in New York, or at least that I remember. I heard her on NPR when I was still living in Sacramento and thought she had a great sound then. When I moved to New York shortly after, I found out she played in town frequently since she lives here.
Realizing that she — and countless other talented artists — would be routinely performing just minutes away from me on any given night was one of my first epiphanies about how great it was to live in New York.
Here’s NPR’s artist page for Kaki King.

As a big @arstechnica fan, I was geekily-excited when I saw that my Flickr account had a referral (yeah, I had nothing else better to do on Sunday). It turns out it came from this discussion thread where users post screenshots of their desktop. An ars-user apparently has my photo of Kaki King as his/her computer’s background(!)

It’s actually the second oldest photo on my Flickr account, taken from a November 2008 Kaki King concert at Webster Hall. I think it may have been my first concert in New York, or at least that I remember. I heard her on NPR when I was still living in Sacramento and thought she had a great sound then. When I moved to New York shortly after, I found out she played in town frequently since she lives here.

Realizing that she — and countless other talented artists — would be routinely performing just minutes away from me on any given night was one of my first epiphanies about how great it was to live in New York.

Here’s NPR’s artist page for Kaki King.

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March 7, 2012

My video of Super Mario Bros. (the theme song) on the subway ride home reached 200,000 views in about a month. The musicians, Gypsy Joe Trane and his bassist Glue, said it was the most views they’ve ever gotten…(I think they deserve way more).

But my favorite part of the YouTube reception is the number of commenters complaining about how jaded New Yorkers are:

It’s like they’re all dead inside. It’s kind of creepy. - fluffystuff66


Just about nobody acknowledged them. What assholes.- pokemonmental


Why does nobody on the train give a shit?! That was awesome! -ZombieJesus413
@fluffystuff66 i know right!!!!no claps,no reaction??????i blame prescription drugs!everyones a freakin zombie nowadays.i saw a old man with a walker getting shoved to the ground by a crazy guy,and he broke his walker falling on it from the shove.and everyone looked at me like i was crazy for gettin in the guys face,and for helping the old guy?????CREEPY - topgunn916
all the main cities have cold tubes/subways. london is even worse. - maxgunn555
@KifIsARealBoy Showing a little bit of appreciation for high performance level, wouldn’t hurt anybody, right ? I wouldn’t mind claping for them if I was on the train. - softshred
lol NYC Subway riders. We show our appreciation to subway performers by staying silent! ONLY NEW YORKERS UNDERSTAND… - esconyfinest
and on that day…no one gave a single fuck….which is sad. - MrUBtrollin2
To everyone whining about no applause, that’s how the subway works here. Considering the amount of insane bullshit people see on there, cool stuff like this doesn’t turn heads. - forestwanderer


(there were a number of users who noticed that the man in the foreground is Steve Jobs reincarnate, and that he also needs new shoes)
I don’t know if it’s the case that NY’ers are so dead to the world that they can’t applaud in public. I think it’s just a mix of the instinct to not draw attention to oneself and herd mentality... no one sober wants to be the first one to clap. 
As gaming blog Kotaku (which made the video popular) says:
The subway riders might not look all that appreciative, but you have to remember that in New York, scowls mean “thank you.”
However, according to one user, Gypsy Joe Trane repeated the performance and got some applause:
I saw them on the R train today! Thank you for posting this. And for the record, there was applause this time :)
And at least we aren’t as bad as Washington D.C., where virtuoso Joshua Bell earned $32.17 in 43 minutes…Not a bad haul, except that he reportedly is worth as much as $1,000 a minute. His violin reportedly cost $1.5 million.
If you have time this morning, check out the WaPo’s Gene Weingarten’s story of Bell in the subway (it won a Pulitzer).

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