Street musicians’ siren song draws crowds in Newark Performers jazz up the city sidewalks for pedestrians

Street musicians’ siren song draws crowds in Newark Performers jazz up the city sidewalks for pedestrians
There’s been a street saxophonist who plays on the Ironbound side of Penn Station at the corners of Market and Ferry (not sure if he’s supported by the city). It’s great to walk through the city and see such talent on its street corners.

Street performances liven up the city and introduce beauty into the daily grind. Tip them well, and do make sure you listen.

The medley of street music is part of an effort to liven up the city and seduce office workers from their cubicles at the sprawling Gateway office complex during lunchtime. The street performers will play every Wednesday afternoon on Beaver Street until the end of October.

“We were trying to create a New York-type vibe to have the people walk into the streets,” said An thony McMillan, executive director of the Newark Downtown District. “The slew of people who come into the Gateway who never come out. We want to encourage people to leave their offices.”

The Newark Downtown District, an organization that represents corporations downtown, teamed up with the Newark Alliance, a nonprofit group focused on development, to sponsor the street musicians. So far, organizers said it is hard to tell whether the musicians — a violinist, guitarist, percussionist and saxophonist — are drawing more people to the streets.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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