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Where should I go to busk in the American South?

Asked by sliceswiththings (11718points) January 1st, 2012

I am a 23-year-old -female working predominantly as a street musician. I play solo accordion. So far I’ve played in particularly artsy parts of Massachusetts as well as San Francisco, and in these places I can do well enough to support myself.

I’d like to spend the winter (mid-January through April) busking (street performing) in the American South, a territory that I have not explored. I’m trying to find the ideal city, and I’d like suggestions!

My requirements:
-Warmer than Massachusetts
-Tourists/ample foot traffic
-Art/music scene
-Safe for me to walk home alone at night
-NOT a premier music city, simply because I’m not good enough (Nashville, Austin, New Orleans. Also not Key West since it’s tough to get a permit.)

So far people have suggested Savannah and Charleston. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


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YARNLADY's avatar

Atlanta would be good, since it is so large. However a tourist city like Orlando/Kissimmee Florida would probably be better, if you could get a street license.

digitalimpression's avatar

Does southern California count? San Diego would be great.

YARNLADY's avatar

How about Corpus Christi or Padre Island Texas

sliceswiththings's avatar

I’m trying to limit it to just the Southeast, because I want to drive without it being a super long road trip. I’d like to try So Cal, @digitalimpression except that I did California last year so I want to try someplace new.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

@sliceswiththings – atlanta does not have a real downtown meeting area – rather it has dozens of them. It’s unlike a lot of cities where there is a true central area where a lot of people pass through. I would suggest that Atlanta is not the best place.

Charleston, Nashville, Savannah, Washington DC, New Orleans – those are better bets.

VoodooSocialite's avatar

Savannah would be nice. Since you are looking for areas that see heavy tourist traffic, would think somewhere along the coast, for sure. Maybe Myrtle Beach?

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