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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