With Busking Ban lifted, musicians free to take to downtown streets

Street performers making comeback

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio lifted its effective ban on busking, or street performing, six months ago, but street music hasn't taken off yet downtown. 

"I'm a musician and I have a lot of friends that are musicians and some of them know about it and a lot of them don't,"  Michael Hogan said. 

Hogan was jamming in Travis Park this afternoon with Mark Waldrop, the owner of Guitar Tex in Olmos Park. Waldrop said he remembers moving to San Antonio in the 90s and looking for public places to play downtown. 

"I had a heck of a time trying to find out where you could play, where they'd let you," he said. 

Both musicians think the city's updated busking ordinance is a good thing for San Antonio. They just wish there'd been more effort put into spreading the word when it went into effect. 

"For just the whole, you know, culture, it's going to make San Antonio a nicer place to visit and be,"  Hogan said.

Busking is allowed in most public spaces downtown now, and while it's not required to register with the city, musicians who do qualify for certain benefits. Click here to read the entire ordinance


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