8 Street Musicians: Goosebumps & Special Gear

8 Street Musicians: Goosebumps & Special Gear

The top street musicians captivate their listeners with precision and creativity and, of course, their equipment play a major role too. Summer is the high season for this art. It’s interesting to see the equipment with which the often multi-tasking artists tackle the matter. These include the traditional and, not infrequently, the unusual. Have fun with another blog article on the subject of #SummerMusicMadness.


1. Unbelievable, not your normal street musician

At first glance, you might think this guy is just a normal street musician, maybe not even that, it could also be an unassuming passer-by with some weird bowl in his hand. And then he starts his percussive playing on the singing bowls with such perfection that you suddenly can’t look away. In fact, he deserves a lot more attention, see for yourself:

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Sela Harmony Handpan D Kurdish 201

Sela Harmony Handpan D Kurdish 201

 

2. Multi-instrumentalist with Loop Station

The equipment of the multi-instrumentalist Reinhardt Buhr is significantly more elaborate and complex. With electric cello, guitar, tambourines, cajon and other percussion instruments, he plays truly fantastic music, insane sound creation via a Boss RC-505 loop station. The musical structure becomes more and more complex with the didgeridoo and vocal effects. No wonder that more and more passersby stop. Reinhardt obviously dominates the street perfectly as if it were a classical music theater.

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Boss RC-505 MKII

NS Design NXT4a-CO-BK cello

NS Design NXT4a-CO-BK cello

Thomann Slide Didgeridoo

Thomann Slide Didgeridoo

3. The peace pianist among street musicians

Davide Martello is no less than a hero among street musicians. Davide travels with his grand piano wherever he can comfort others with his music. He plays in front of hospitals, he makes his piano music resonate in crisis areas such as Afghanistan or at the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in Medyka. Martello always carries with him a message of comfort. The pianist literally travels around the world and has converted his piano into a “portable piano” for this purpose.

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Kawai K-300 E / P piano

Kawai K-300 E / P Piano

4. The street singer-songwriter

This street musician makes his way into the hearts of passersby with his goosebump-inducing music. His voice is impressive and his charisma too. He has no special equipment, only an acoustic guitar, which he amplifies with a portable amplifier, a microphone and a small music stand. He doesn’t need anything else to get the attention he deserves with his performances.

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Fender CD-140SCE All Mah 50

Fender CD-140SCE All Mahogany

5. Saxophone and percussion in NYC

Let’s take a trip to the city that never sleeps: New York. Just around Union Square we discover two musicians playing with incredible enthusiasm, one on the baritone saxophone, the other on the drum. The saxophonist is not content with just playing, he also dances quite extravagantly at the same time. The video has been going viral for quite some time – but it’s always nice to mention them. The duo is called Too Many Zooz, don’t miss them!

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Thomann BariPRO PB Baritone Sax

Thomann BariPRO PB Baritone Sax

6. Another performance from NYC: Funky Town

In New York stations, music is always on the agenda. With Lucky Chops NYC, a whole brass band comes together and creates a beautiful atmosphere. Trombone, trumpet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone and sousaphone. And check out “Funky Town”, an unstoppable groove…

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Thomann Bb Sousaphone MKII in fiberglass

Thomann Bb-Sousaphone MKII Fiberglas

Thomann MK II Hand made tenor sax

Thomann MK II Handmade Tenor Sax

Bb Trumpet Thomann TR 200 S

Thomann TR 200 S Bb-Trumpet

Thomann TF-300 Junior Trombone

Thomann TF-300 Junior Trombone

7. Morf – Acoustic Guitar and Pedals

Followed by Morf, a multi-talented artist who mixes traditional tools with more innovative equipment. The guitar rests on his legs as he taps and incorporates numerous percussion techniques along with pedals and loop stations. Morf uses various spatial effects and loops from his pedal board and keeps the beat with a stompbox. Can they still be called street performers when they play at such a high level? Yes of course! Each musician is unique in their own way!

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Cort Gold OC6 Bocote

Cort Gold OC6 Bocote

 

Strymon Timeline

Strymon Timeline

Meinl Percussion Stomp Box Analog

Meinl Percussion Stomp Box Analog

8. The human drum machine

Dario Rossi is very successful as a street techno drummer. But instead of playing techno events or rave shows, he sits right in the pedestrian zone of Florence with his special gear. And more and more curious people gather around him to get carried away by his rhythms. You’d think he learned the techno beat in his mother’s womb. He plays pans, rattling cymbals, bongos and more.

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Thomann Classic Bongo Set 7 "& 8,5"

Thomann Classic Bongo Set 7 “and 8.5”

 

Millenium MC890NT Congaset

Millenium MC890NT Congaset

 

Sabian 19 ″ AA Holy China cymbals

 

Zildjian FX Raw Crash Small Bell

Zildjian FX Raw Crash Small Bell


And you?

Are you a street musician? Tell us about your experiences and what equipment you use.

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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.

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    Roland Street, eltron bass pedals, amplified stomp ox, guitar and mic plus harmonica all at same time.

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