I learned a new word this weekend: Busk. It means to perform or play music for money, usually on the street or in some other public, non-stage setting.
I love live music and am also a pretty big fan of literacy for all, so I was excited to help out Literacy Network with their Busking for Books event this past Saturday. I’ve been meaning to make the time to volunteer with this organization for a long time, and this was the perfect opportunity.
I was partnered with local band Zacataq (two guys named Zach), who were able to create book and literacy related songs on the spot. Talk about talent! Our little corner of the street ended up raising over $60 for Literacy Network.
Afterwards, Hawk’s Bar & Grill provided appetizers for all the hungry, sunburned buskers and bucket wavers. Thanks, Hawk’s!
Over twenty-five local bands performed up and down State Street for two hours. Besides raising money and awareness for Literacy Network, it was a great chance for these bands to show off their talent, and it was fun for everyone walking by to get to experience all the different music styles. Participants included:
Ad Hoc String Band
Dark of the Moon Contra-Band
Forward! Marching Band
Mad City Jug Band
Madison Song Circle Group
Malcolm Shabazz Fiddle Class
Sultan of Squeeze
The SpareTime Bluegrass Band
The Tiny Band
This is an annual event, so if you missed it, you’ll get another chance to join the fun next year!