Buskers Take Over Downtown 2009: Wes Keller

Buskers take over downtown

Wes Keller and Josh Given strummed.
Russ Donohue drummed. And those foraging for their next meal at the St. Catharines Farmers’ Market had a new sound to enjoy on a busy market day Saturday morning. So did library-goers, those out for a stroll down James Street or taking in the action on just about every major artery downtown, thanks to Buskerfest, which featured students from a handful of local high schools jamming for downtown-goers’ pleasure Saturday morning. Keller, Given and Donohue, students from Governor Simcoe Secondary School, took their post with guitars and bongos near the farmers’ market and added some acoustic reggae rock with a hip hop vibe to the buzz already in the air. It was the trio’s first time busking and one hour into it Saturday morning, so far so good. “We just like the vibe of the city and how the music sounds in the city,†Given said.
So too did their audience of passersby, some who even stopped to kick up their heels or offer up their spare change, which the students weren’t allowed to take.

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