There are, of course, thousands of other buskers the world over—and perusing their music makes for a wonderful YouTube rabbit hole to fall down. But to save you a little time, here are three of our favorite street performances.
In June 2013, Henri Herbert, the keyboard player for the Jim Jones Revue, sat down at a public piano on the concourse of St. Pancras International railway station in London. Then this happened.
The performer who goes by “Gordo” is a bucket drummer from Sydney. In 2013, he found a perch in the city’s Central Business District, and began to play.
Last year, guitarist Jesse Rya found a spot on a sidewalk outside a Kroger grocery store near Dallas. He didn’t get any donations from passers-by Howard Mullins and Ron Lashley—instead, their contributions were far cooler.
Last but not least, former busker Pierce Brosnan — who at one time earned extra money as a fire-eater while trying to break into acting — was a guest on Muppets Tonight in 1996. To close the show, he later recalled, Brosnan agreed to breathe fire. Unfortunately, he said, one of the prop guys there offered him a different kerosene than he’d traditionally used: “It was like rocket fuel,” Brosnan said. “I blew it, it all came back into my mouth and my mouth blew up.”
In the clip below, Brosnan gamely soldiers on — and even manages a smile — as the credits begin to roll.