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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

September 9, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Can’t overlook Pike Place Market’s festival of street music

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Sketched Sept. 7
Row after row of colorful flowers. Mouthwatering fresh produce. Fish being tossed about. There are so many distractions at the Pike Place Market, I can understand how some buskers may feel overlooked. “We don’t get much recognition We are the bottom of the barrel here,” said Joe “Fiddling” Fulton, 34, a folk singer I met at the Joe Desimone Bridge.
But at least once a year, the street performers get to be the stars– and bring the amplifiers — with their Pike Place Market Buskers Festival coming up Sept. 18. “The market is ours for a day,” said Fulton, who started busking here in 1995.
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In Post Alley I sketched André Lovett, 27, a recent transplant from Florida. It will be his first time performing at the festival and he’s looking forward to it. “Seattle is such a great music town people are really receptive,” he told me after reaching his one-hour limit at one of the 13 marked spots where buskers are allowed to play. The number inside the musical notes painted on the pavement indicates the maximum number of performers for each location.
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Tommy Dean, of Tacoma, arrived a few minutes before Lovett finished up with two songs that I happen to like a lot: Jason Mraz “I’m Yours,” and The Fray’s “How to save a life.” Dean wore his busker permit clipped to his shirt and got to work right away, performing traditional Irish folk songs.
The free festival will feature 35 buskers on three stages along Pike Place, which will be closed to traffic. For more information, visit the Pike Market Buskers Guild site.
Extra!
Check out these blog posts with drawings of other Seattle buskers:
Farmers markets crop up (Sketch of Pickled Okra)
Pike Place’s saxophonist having the time of his life
What draws your attention? I invite you to send me your suggestions of interesting places to sketch via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!

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