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    Sisters Kailey and Hanna Zercher play their violins on the Plaza. Ariel Parrella-Aureli Generation Next

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 9:34 am | Updated: 9:44 am, Fri Jun 20, 2014.

For visitors and locals alike, the sight and sounds of buskers — street performers — under trees on the Plaza, on nearby corner streets and under the portals, have become an integral part of Santa Fe’s aura. It is a cultural movement that has become more socially acceptable in the past couple of years. The city of Santa Fe recently amended new laws for buskers playing on the Plaza. Busking permits are now $35 per person for a year. Buskers must rotate locations every two hours to let others have the spotlight and keep the flow of musicians moving. They must stay at least 20 feet away from any building, and the sound from their performances cannot be audible more than 50 feet from their performance area.

Sisters Kailey and Hanna Zercher, 19 and 16 respectively, have each been playing violin for more than 10 years and have just started busking downtown. They play a variety of classical violin, old fiddle tunes, Irish jigs, jazz and some original pieces. Kailey will be a sophomore at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is majoring in music performance, so she thought it would be good practice to get out and perform while she is home for the summer. She plans to save the money she makes busking for college, and Hanna is helping her out.

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2 comments:

  • Eddy Placa posted at 12:19 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    EPlaca Posts: 23

    Why is everybody just pointing fingers at the Plaza shopkeepers? It all starts with the buskers blocking sidewalks, use the city power outlets for their way too loud speakers and getting into fights with each other...basically just not following the rules they said they will acknowledge when they paid for they license...it's not complicated.

     
  • Karyn Woods posted at 11:34 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Kay Woods Posts: 5

    The Plaza business owners should really STFU and let these kids play. The world does not revolve around your overpriced cowboy boots and faux Indian jewelry.

     
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