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noun busk·er \ˈbəs-kər\
Definition of BUSKER: a person who entertains in a public place for donations.
In recent years, Harborfest weekends have attracted street performers from all across the region who captivate audiences with their special blend of wacky humor and musical delights. In celebration of the Busker movement across the nation and the popularity of Busking in Hampton Roads, we are excited to introduce NEW to Harborfest this year BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest. The first BuskerfestNFK will be launched at the 40th Anniversary of the Norfolk Harborfest. Norfolk Festevents is excited to invite the community to come out to support this first ever event where street performers are showcased in a whole new way.
BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest will take place behind the Waterside on 5 open air stages located along the waterfront promenade, featuring over 26 hours of entertainment and dozens of entertainers performing for tips.
BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest will be organized by Norfolk’s own Skye Zentz. Skye Zentz, a Norfolk native, grew up performing at Harborfests through the years with her family and as a Busker herself. She has made a name for herself in the Hampton Roads area with her infectious, uplifting energy, honest lyrics and memorable melodies. Skye took home the Veer Music Award for Best Acoustic/Folk in 2013, Best Busker in 2015 and Best Music Video for “The Tide” in 2016. Pond explains “her first hand experience with the art of street performance makes her the perfect 2016 official “Busker Boss Babe”.
BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest will accommodate spaces for walk-up performers as well as limited reserved performance locations that can be registered for in advance. Space is limited and will be on first come first serve basis. Buskers who sign up in advance will have the opportunity to be featured on the Festevents website and social media Busker Spotlights. Buskers interested in reserving a performance slot at BuskerfestNFK@Harborfest can contact Skye Zentz at Buskerfest@festevents.org