Street Performers

Sounds Like Van Spirit

Sounds Like Van Spirit

After listening to a great performance by a street musician, sound engineer Marten Berger found himself inspired. He spent two years on the road, traveling across 25 countries in search of the best performers, then recorded many of them in his studio on wheels. A collection of recordings are available for sale on his website.

Ojay: Hendrix of the Bass

Ojay: Hendrix of the Bass

YouTuber Michael Boyers captured this incredible street performance by Newcastle, London musician Steve Ojay, as his fingers work some serious magic on the strings of his inexpensive Squier bass, proving that talent trumps equipment any day of the week.

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Miguel Montalban: Sultans of Swing

Miguel Montalban: Sultans of Swing

Musician Miguel Montalban turns in an epic lead guitar performance on his cover version of the Dire Straits classic Sultans of Swing as he plays for a crowd of bystanders in London. His Sweet Child O’ Mine and Stairway to Heaven are equally enthralling.

Slap Bass Battle

Slap Bass Battle

Bass player America Paz sat down with fellow musician Eduardo Sitja for a street jam in Santiago, Chile, and turned in a fantastic duel showing off their funky slap bass skills. The only thing better would have been if Flea himself showed up and joined them.

Willian Lee: Master of Covers

Willian Lee: Master of Covers

Willian Lee turns in a spot-on cover version of Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing during a street performance in São Paulo. Not only is his guitar playing excellent, he gives Mark Knopfler’s vocals a run for their money. Check out his Clapton, Orbison, Isaak, and Bee Gees too.

Spinning Rings Illusions

Spinning Rings Illusions

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of act, but every time we see someone perform with these spinning rings, we can’t resist. We’re just simply too hypnotized to avoid it. Kuma Films shares some fascinating footage of the performance art known as Buugeng.

Billy Watman: Bohemian Rhapsody

Billy Watman: Bohemian Rhapsody

Guitarist Billy Watman turns in a fingerstyle rendition of Queen’s magnum opus which would be impressive if played by anyone, but it’s even more amazing that he’s just 14 years old and can play like this. More on Billy’s YouTube page. (Video by Tony Goode)

The One-Handed Drumroll

The One-Handed Drumroll

This street performer starts out with a solid demonstration of his pickle-tub drumming skills, but amps things up to percussion level 9000 when he busts out a lightning-fast, single-handed drumroll at the end.

The Lord of the Ring

The Lord of the Ring

Taiwanese street performer Isaac Hou demonstrates his incredible balance, strength and grace as seemingly defies the laws of physics on his rolling Cyr wheel. Filmed beautifully by Kuma Films, the track is Heart by Pistol Shrimp.

The Showhawk Duo

The Showhawk Duo

Three live tracks by this UK acoustic guitar duo starts off with Sandstorm by Darude, then moves on to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and wraps with Dick Dale’s rapid-fire theme from Pulp Fiction. Their Daft Punk tribute is sublime.

Busker POV

Busker POV

This video footage of Portuguese street performer Luis Reis not only captures his impressive contact juggling skills, it does one of the best jobs we’ve ever seen of capturing what it’s like to perform in front of a live audience.

Dubstep Human Beatbox 2

Dubstep Human Beatbox 2

If you enjoyed the earlier performance we posted from beatboxer Dave Crowe, crank your speakers up to 11 and check out this awesome 10 minute show from the Swedish entertainer. Things go seriously off the hook around 2:30.

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

One-man-band Anders Flanderz knocks out an awesome rendition of Europe’s cheesetastic classic The Final Countdown, on accordion, Casio, xylophone, body drums… and bicycle horn.

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Faithless Spoons

Faithless Spoons

An incredible and unlikely performance of the electro-rave sounds of Insomnia by Faithless, as this elderly man accompanies the track with the fastest spoons in London. (Thanks JJ!)

Balancing Like a Boss

Balancing Like a Boss

An amazing stunt as a performer balances himself at the top of a tall vertical pole and spins around like a whirligig. It’s about the only scenario where a vertical video is acceptable.

Mad Bike Skills

Mad Bike Skills

A street performer in Senegal shows off his amazing balance as he demonstrates some of the craziest moves we’ve ever seen on a bicycle. Not as graceful as Danny MacAskill, but still impressive.

Eine Kleine Bottlemusik

Eine Kleine Bottlemusik

A street musician in Copenhagen rocks out an amazing performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik using a bunch of water (or possibly liquor) filled bottles as his instrument of choice.

King of Cotton Candy

King of Cotton Candy

We always thought serving cotton candy was a pretty basic task, but this street performer does it with flair, entertaining the crowd as he cranks out the wispy treat to the tunes of Michael Jackson.

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