Free Downtown Concert in Portland: The Big Busk | July 18

July is the gift that keeps on giving in Portland with all these events. Saturday will be no exception. First, there is Sand in the City & the Portland International Beer Fest…and now, the Big Busk with possibly 25 music acts in downtown Portland throughout the day. I received an email some weeks back about this and asked the founder what was this all about.

His response:

There's no pretension to it. I got the idea one night, posted an ad onBusking Hawthorne Craigslist the next, and then it became a thing. The people that were into it were really into it, for various reasons of course but mostly for the reasons that make this festival different from others — being decentralized (no stage, no audience) and invasive (every corner is a stage, everyone is the audience), publicized (media mentions and other promotions) but insiderey (you could “wander into it” just by being downtown), and so on.

Yeah, it's an experiment. Busk and bust are different by just one letter. But so far reaction has been positive. There are forces that would like to see this become a regular event. Hopefully this one will be good enough to warrant a second.

I'm still recruiting bands. The roster is 17-19 strong right now. My ideal is 25 and I probably could hit it with a bit more time, but probably won't, considering.

It's happening between 2-8 PM next Saturday, the 18th, at various locations. The schedule will be put into the map on the website pretty soon.

And that's it.


More info on the website here:

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3 Responses to Free Downtown Concert in Portland: The Big Busk | July 18

  1. Charley July 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    YES! This is going to be SO cool! Thanks so much for promoting this!

  2. Jennifer July 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Ummm… you’re missing the point. “Busking” is defined as “playing music….for soliciting money.” Common courtesy is to tip the musicians. “Free” is misleading and pretty insulting.

    • Julian Chadwick July 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm #


      I don’t think it is insulting. To me, it means there is no cover. You can tip lots of things that you don;t pay up front for or things that cost money. Tipping is usually not defined as paying.

      You are welcome to tip this free website by the way at Tip us more than $2 and we will send you a button.

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