the 2015 lawrence busker fest

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Jamey Mossengren jumps his unicycle over a volunteer at Busker Fest.

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The USA Break Dancers perform on New Hampshire Street at Busker Fest.

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The Voler Thieves of Flight display their aerial acrobatics at Busker Fest.

I photographed the 7th annual Busker Fest in Lawrence, Kansas on May 31, 2015. The three day event featured dozens of street performers, comics, dancers, escape artists, sword swallowers, magicians, fire eaters, jugglers, acrobats and musicians.

The word “busk” comes from the Spanish word “buscar” which means “to seek” because buskers seek fame and fortune. Buskers are also known as troubadours.

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting have been known to busk in disguise.

-scott weaver

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