Currently I’m researching where I’m going to need a busking permit this summer. North Carolina is surprisingly lenient as far as busking goes, just for the information of anyone who wants to come down here and play. I will not be playing in Wilmington, but a law suit in, I want to say 2008, deemed issuing permits unconstitutional. So you don’t need a permit in Wilmington. You also don’t need one in Chapel Hill, Charlotte, or Asheville, all places I will be playing between now and the summer. I’m not sure about the other cities in North Carolina but it’s likely that Durham and Raleigh also don’t require permits.
So after Charlotte and Asheville I will be headed on to Bonnaroo (assuming I find people to freaking go with!) and after that I think I will fly out to Richmond because that would be a long-ass train/bus ride. It appears as though you do not need a permit to busk in Richmond. I have been told that the best place to go in Richmond is Carytown, which is right near my mom’s new house!
After Richmond, though this is not confirmed, I will probably be going up to Washington, DC, where I hear there is a lot of appreciation for classier music. I’ll do more research on DC but I know that you do not need a permit to busk in Washington, DC.
After DC I was thinking about going to Baltimore, where my sister is going to be this summer, but it appears as though Baltimore may be dry as far as busking goes. I may try it anyway for shits and giggles, because it is so close to DC, but perhaps not. You need a permit to busk in Baltimore. They require auditions and it is $25, but it appears that many people have played without being hassled by the police.
Whether or not I go to Baltimore, I will probably head up to New York City after that. New York will probably require a post all on its own because it’s the biggest city in the United States and has many websites dedicated to it. What I have gathered is that you do not need a permit to busk in New York City, but cops will try to give you tickets and claim that you do. The writing on this is hazy and I might have to get back to you on whether or not that is accurate. I’ve heard Washington Square Park is a great place to play, and Piano Across America lives in NYC and plays there. It seems as though that’s the best place to play without being told to go away.
After New York, I’m heading to Boston. Actually, Cambridge. You need a permit to busk in Cambridge, and it’s $40, but it seems like they will give them to pretty much anyone. I’m not too worried about it. I’ve heard that Harvard Square is the place to be for buskers. I think I’ll be in Boston for awhile because one of my best friends is also gonna be there at the same time! I’m really looking forward to it.
If anyone reads this and lives in a great place for busking anywhere along that trail, I’d love to come there and stay with you! If you’re not a rapist!
Anyway, I’m flying out to Los Angeles after that. I know you need a permit in Los Angeles and they’re pretty strict about it in Santa Monica, plus amplification is an absolute must there since it’s so loud. However, I’ve heard it’s less strict in Venice Beach and that’s where I’d be going because it’s a little less kitschy. If I played in Santa Monica I’d probably be better off playing pop music and I don’t really want to do that.
I’ll update this more as I learn more about each place I’m headed. It’s going to be over a month before I go anywhere that needs a permit so I have time to think about it.
This has been a post. Here’s a completely irrelevant GIF, and by completely irrelevant I mean Arrested Development is always relevant.