News & Press

Featured in Creative Exchange
Thanks to Nicole Rupersburg for a great article about BUSK! in Creative Exchange, a publication of Springboard for the Arts. Read the article!

Premiere set for May 19th in Charlotte
The premiere will take place on Sun, May 19 (4pm) at McGlohon Theater. Tickets are $5, and runtime is 42 minutes, followed by Q&A with the director and two buskers. Buy premiere tickets!

Buskapalooza Street Performance Festival III
Buskapalooza III will be held on Fri, May 17 (5-9pm) in uptown. There’s a full schedule of great artists, including dancers, musicians, and painters. The festival is free, but be sure to tip your favorite buskers! View the lineup!

Featured in Creative Loafing
Thanks to Anita Overcash for an absolutely fantastic and nuanced article about the BUSK! project. Read the article!

Featured in Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine
Thanks to Donald Devet for a really great video piece that includes not only director/producer April Denée but also her 1-year-old son, Rome. Watch the video!

Featured in The Charlotte Observer
Thanks to writer Lawrence Toppman for another great article about the BUSK! documentary and the Buskapalooza Street Performance Festival! Read the article!

BUSK! featured on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins”
Director, April Denée, discusses busking laws, etiquette, and filming in an interview about the upcoming BUSK! documentary premiere, starting at 35:00. Listen to the program!

More sneak-peek footage of BUSK! featured on Charlotte Video Project
Director, April Denée, introduces a clip from BUSK! for Charlotte Video Project, produced by Bread & Butter Pictures. Watch the segment!

BUSK! project selected as finalist for Project Art Aid micro-grant
The BUSK! project will be presented at Project Art Aid’s very first Queen City Soup event on July 26th, where one of five presented projects will receive a $600 micro-grant. Learn more!

Buskapalooza gets mentioned in CNN iReport
Thanks to Jody Mace of the website Charlotte on the Cheap for mentioning Buskapalooza in her CNN iReport, “Quirky Charlotte – the unique, weird, and fun side of the Queen City.” Read the article!

Sneak-peek footage of BUSK! featured in Time Warner Cable segment
Director, April Denée, talks about the concept and making of BUSK!, with sample clips from the movie as backdrop. Watch the segment!

BUSK! supports launch of Speak Up Magazine
A busking-related article written by director, April Denée, is featured in the Charlotte launch of Speak Up, a magazine written about and sold by the homeless to raise awareness and create income. Learn more!

Episode of local TV show dedicated to BUSK! documentary
Director, April Denée, talks about the documentary production and pre-production of BUSK! on Access 21’s “Below the Line with George Peroulas.” Watch the episode!

Featured in Gaston Alive! Magazine
Thanks to Ben Dugan for the great article and once again to LunahZon Photography for the amazing Buskapalooza photos featured in the spread! Read the article!

Buskapalooza Street Performance Festival featured in Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine
Several performances at the first street festival are featured here in Juan Ossa’s short documentary about street art and culture in Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch the video!

Buskapalooza sparks social commentary in Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing’s Jeff Taylor published a great article that talks about Buskapalooza’s importance to Charlotte’s artistic and cultural development. Read the article!

Featured on, official blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, featured Buskapalooza. Many thanks to columnist Carmella Jarvi for the article. Read the article!

Next Buskapalooza set for Friday, June 17th
Buskapalooza was so much fun, we’ve decided to hold another one! This time, the festival is in conjunction with World Busk 2011, a worldwide busking event that drew 483 buskers in 17 countries last year! Get the details!

BUSK! meets $8K production goal
Thanks to a private donor and generous IndieGoGo contributors, we’ve met our $8K goal to pay for production. We continue to raise funds for post-production costs and thank all who’ve already given their generous support.

Point8 Blog features recap of the Buskapalooza Street Performance Festival
Thanks to Jeff Taylor and the Point8 Blog for featuring a post-Buskapalooza interview with BUSK! director April Denée! Read the article!

Featured in The Charlotte Observer
Thanks to writer Lawrence Toppman and photographer Robert Lahser for a great article that really gets at the heart of this project and helps educate the community about what busking is all about!

Director Q&A for Charlotte Magazine
Special thanks to Richard Thurmond & Annie Monjar for inviting me to do Q&A on Charlotte Magazine‘s Revue Blog, about the inspiration for BUSK! and how it’s important for a city’s growth. Read the Q&A!

Featured on Fox News
Many thanks to Suzette Rhee and Carlos Martinez for the great news spot about BUSK! Watch the news spot!

BUSK! receives grant from Arts & Science Council
Thanks to a Regional Artist Project Grant from Arts & Science Council and NC Arts Council, we were able to purchase editing equipment. Learn more!