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Lunchtime Tunes with Market Buskers

Lunchtime Tunes with Market Buskers

Posted August 3, 2020

Join us on Facebook from 12pm to 1pm every Wednesday!

Take an hour break and rejuvenate with Pike Place Market. Every Wednesday, we're showcasing a new Market busker to entertain you through your mid-week lunch break.

Join us to support local music and our amazing Market Buskers during this time of no live music. Plus, we could all use a little mid-week rejuvenation and this is a perfect opportunity to recharge, relax and enjoy that Market sound we’ve all missed from the comfort of your work-from-home desk.

So grab your lunch at the Market (tip: Pick-up and order ahead – click here. Delivery options – click here) or make a delicious Market lunch with your fresh local ingredients then tune in every Wednesday on the Market's Facebook page from 12pm to 1pm.

Buskers are accepting tips through Venmo. A couple of dollars goes a long way for these artists. If you want to send the busker a tip just shoot them a Venmo.


August Lineup


August 5th - Jonny Hahn

If you have ever been to the Market chances are you have seen Jonny Hahn playing his piano on Pine Street. Jonny is one of the Market’s oldest buskers and is an icon for the Market. It felt only natural for Jonny to kick off our series. So sit back, grab some food and enjoy. Venmo him at: @Jonny-Hahn

August 12th - Jeannie Rak

Jeannie Rak has only been busking at the Market for three years, but she has already made a name for herself around the Market community. Jeannie set aside an elementary school teaching career to pursue music. She performs both original and cover music with her voice and acoustic guitar, offering spirited and unique homages to her favorite songs. Venmo her at: @Jeannie_Rak 

This spring, Jeannie and Carly Ann Calbero launched the Busker Relief Fund to help Pike Place Market artists. Learn more here.


August 19th - Carly Ann Calbero

Carly Ann Calbero is no stranger to busking. She has been playing around Pike Place Market for 10 years. With an acoustic guitar and a big voice, it's hard not to stop and listen every time you hear her singing. Venmo Carly at: @CarlyAnnCalbero

This spring, Carly and Jeannie launched the Busker Relief Fund to help Pike Place Market artists. Learn more here.


August 26th  - Charlie Beck

Charlie Beck is one half of the band Squirrel Butter which he plays banjo, fiddle and sings alongside his wife, Charmaine Slaven. Charlie is also in the local band, The Tallboys. If he looks familiar to you, Charlie has been busking at the Market for the last 20 years. Venmo him at: @Charmaine-Slaven


September Lineup


September 2nd - PK Dwyer

PK Dwyer started busking at the Market in the winter of 1971. Some say he was the first busker to have ever played at Pike Place Market. PK specializes in Jump Blues and before the pandemic you could hear him playing down at the Market almost every day. Venmo him at: @PK-Dwyer


September 9th - Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael is a history teacher turned busker. You might also see him behind the tables in the Crafts Market. He's fairly new to the music scene but we have high hopes. Venmo him at: @Matthew-Carmichael-15  


September 16th - Canceled due to smoke


September 23rd - Charmaine Slaven 

Charmaine Slaven sings, plays the guitar, fiddle and performs an Appalachian step dance called, flatfoot dancing. You might have seen her in The Tallboys and Squirrel Butter. The two bands have played regularly at the Market for more than a decade. Charmaine is also playing in a newer duo called, the Piney Gals. Learn more at Venmo her at @Charmaine-Slaven 


September 30th - K.B. Muscle Mouth

You've probably seen K.B. Muscle Mouth playing his saxophone under the Market Clock and Sign or near the first Starbucks. K.B. Muscle Mouth has been busking at the Market since 2011. During that time he's jammed alongside many notable Market buskers including Baby Gramps. K.B. Muscle Mouth plays several instruments most notably saxophone, National Resophonic guitar, washboard percussion, tap shoes, kazoo, flute, clarinet, upright bass, piano, cornet, trombone, and harmonica. Venmo him at @kbmusclemouth


Want to hear more Market music? Be sure to check out our IGTV for Music Monday where we showcase more of your favorite buskers.


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