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Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 03-06-14, 06:08 PM
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Posted By vconaway
I just spent three weeks performing in San Diego...

I just spent three weeks performing in San Diego (hammered dulcimer street music), and here's my takeaway:

Balboa park has a permit lottery, and all the locals swear by it as the best pitch in...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 08-28-12, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,884
Posted By vconaway
I haven't performed in Sardinia, but I've busked...

I haven't performed in Sardinia, but I've busked much of Italy with very few problems. The problems I have had were nothing to do with citizenship, and more local ordinances and individual polizie....
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 08-28-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,925
Posted By vconaway
That sucks, but at least the permit's free. Is...

That sucks, but at least the permit's free. Is Pirates Alley still an open pitch?
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 05-16-12, 06:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,724
Posted By vconaway
Rome and Ravenna get restrictive

Rome has narrowed its rules, drastically reducing the city's pitches:

http://www.romatoday.it/politica/nuove-regole-artisti-di-strada.html

"in piazza del Popolo ci saranno 6 postazioni, 3 al...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 05-27-11, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,658
Posted By vconaway
I'm a musician, your mileage may vary. I've...

I'm a musician, your mileage may vary.

I've had good luck in Linz, but if one of your gigs is the Pflasterspektakel you might want to go elsewhere. Innsbruck was good to me, but Salzburg seems to...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 05-27-11, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,830
Posted By vconaway
Disclaimer: I'm a musician so your mileage may...

Disclaimer: I'm a musician so your mileage may vary.

Athens is full of English, but not particularly profitable in my experience (this might be temporary based on the economic situation). It's...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 05-22-11, 11:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,830
Posted By vconaway
Interesting! I walked around the area a bit on my...

Interesting! I walked around the area a bit on my last two visits, but for busking stuck mainly to Ermou and Plaka.
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 01-20-11, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,286
Posted By vconaway
Hey Glass, sorry I haven't seen you in NOLA for...

Hey Glass, sorry I haven't seen you in NOLA for awhile!

DDE, depending on your act and traffic patterns, Pirates' Alley can also be a decent pitch, and one that isn't usually claimed by a local. ...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 10-18-10, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,966
Posted By vconaway
Sorry, I haven't checked here in awhile but I've...

Sorry, I haven't checked here in awhile but I've done some winter busking in southern Europe.

I'm a musician, so my input might not match your experience, but I've had decent luck in Rome, Naples,...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 02-03-10, 07:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,401
Posted By vconaway
I just got back from a winter busking tour in...

I just got back from a winter busking tour in Italy, over Christmas and into the New Year. Rome at Christmas was pretty good, but the polizia was a bit more finicky than they've been during my...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 11-09-09, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,932
Posted By vconaway
The last time I was in DC, in April of 2008,...

The last time I was in DC, in April of 2008, there were a few musician buskers along Pennsylvania Ave in front of the White House.
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 06-29-09, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,274
Posted By vconaway
I've brought CDs into the Schengen area a number...

I've brought CDs into the Schengen area a number of times with no problems; while I'm always prepared to pay duties on them I haven't yet had to (knock on wood). I have gotten flak flying into the...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 04-24-09, 02:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,917
Posted By vconaway
I use the "Let's Go (on a budget)" book series to...

I use the "Let's Go (on a budget)" book series to find cheap accomodation, and I get a brochure listing hotels from the local information office (standard for any decent-sized city in Italy, where I...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 03-30-09, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,617
Posted By vconaway
Just got back to Italy after ten days in Croatia...

Just got back to Italy after ten days in Croatia (Dubrovnik and Split). I did pretty well and roughly broke even for the time I spent there. Considering it was March I'll chalk that up as a win. ...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 03-10-09, 06:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,917
Posted By vconaway
I left Rome last week (I'm in Puglia, Italy right...

I left Rome last week (I'm in Puglia, Italy right now), and it was fairly consistent with time I've spent there in March in the past. I'm crossing the Adriatic to Dubrovnik next week to give it a...
Forum: HAS ANYONE SEEN....? 02-07-09, 04:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,089
Posted By vconaway
Paging Gav

Hey gav,

I haven't been able to get to you through PM. I'm interested in performing in Croatia next June and you had mentioned some festivals in the area that you're affiliated with. I'm...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 12-09-08, 07:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,617
Posted By vconaway
One more question gav - how well does English go...

One more question gav - how well does English go over? I'm specifically interested in Zagreb, but info on other cities would also be appreciated. I also speak Italian, but I'm not sure how much...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 12-04-08, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,617
Posted By vconaway
Thanks so much for the advice! Are there any...

Thanks so much for the advice! Are there any regulations or rules in Croatia (specifically Zegreb, unless you can recommend any other specific cities) that I should be aware of? As for being...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 12-02-08, 09:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,617
Posted By vconaway
Busking the Balkans

I'm interested in going to Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia and doing some busking on my next European spring tour. Albania is the country I'm looking at the hardest, because it's very...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 09-30-08, 07:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,949
Posted By vconaway
Rome is certainly worthwhile - Piazza Navona and...

Rome is certainly worthwhile - Piazza Navona and Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere for circle shows, Campo dei Fiori for musicians and smaller acts. I haven't done it in December, but I've had good...
Forum: BUSKING Q&A/GENERAL PERFORMING TOPICS 08-25-08, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,952
Posted By vconaway
What I've seen other musicians do is pick up the...

What I've seen other musicians do is pick up the bucket at the end of the set and pass it like a hat even though it's been collecting tips throughout the performance. It doesn't work well for what I...
Forum: BUSKING Q&A/GENERAL PERFORMING TOPICS 04-09-08, 02:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,674
Posted By vconaway
For me, my backup plan as a musician is always to...

For me, my backup plan as a musician is always to change gears and work up new material. I'm busking in Italy right now and Isabella is visiting on the last leg of her vacation (before she comes...
Forum: BUSKING Q&A/GENERAL PERFORMING TOPICS 04-09-08, 02:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,809
Posted By vconaway
I was one of those that Isabella encouraged to...

I was one of those that Isabella encouraged to quit their day job, and I'm glad she did. But, for me, the big revelation came courtesy of September 11.

I was performing part time when it...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 09-17-07, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,401
Posted By vconaway
Thanks gaelyn, you were totally right! After...

Thanks gaelyn, you were totally right!

After posting my question I took a four month busking tour of Italy from January 11-May 14, so now I have some concrete answers to my question. The trip...
Forum: SPECIFIC PITCHES/CITIES/COUNTRIES 09-12-06, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,401
Posted By vconaway
Italy in winter

I am a musician (hammered dulcimer) and I did some busking in Italy this past summer. I'm looking at performing there again this coming January-February, and was wondering what the outlook is...
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