Since my column mentions the subway performers I saw while in NYC, and I have photos, I might as well share them here as a bonus. (You can read more about NYC subway performers at the Saw Lady’s blog.)
Above are the Ebony Hillbillies in (I think) the 42nd Street subway station, doing old-timey songs such as “Hard Times.” There was a decent-sized audience, as seen below.
Speaking of old-time sounds, how about this fellow on musical saw? I think he was in the Rockefeller Center station. He was performing some recognizable pop chestnut that had me humming, although the title has since slipped my mind.
And at the Cathedral Parkway platform, this man was regaling us with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” and quite well.
That’s one thing we don’t encounter much in suburban L.A.: random music. Our loss.