By Brandon Summers | March 30, 2021
Even if BuskLV.info‘s only function was for me to scream into the void about injustices experienced by street performers in Las Vegas, I would still keep it going. Thankfully, that has not been the case. As this website approaches it’s 5-year anniversary performers have regularly stumbled upon this site while perusing the web; and more importantly found its contents useful. That’s very rewarding and is a sign to keep going.
On March 4, 2021, Not Leaving Las Vegas, a popular YouTube vlog operated by Steven Campbell, uploaded a video titled “The Tragic Truth About Las Vegas Street Performers”. In this 25-minute video, guitarist/singer William is interviewed about his experiences busking on the famous Las Vegas Strip. He begins telling his story very benignly but inevitably discusses his experiences with Las Vegas Police (LVMPD)– saying that he encountered trouble immediately.
At the 8:15min mark, William says he researched online and found a website called BuskLV. “Everything he [Brandon] says on that site is gospel– it’s completely true… Brandon himself has been arrested and cited several times. Every time he goes to court, it gets dismissed because what he’s doing is lawful. So they don’t ever have an actual trial about it.”
This video has reached 14k views as of today, and I hope it will shine a light on busking and the challenges street performers face with law enforcement.
Brandon Summers is a Las Vegas native, violinist, street performer, and advocate for spontaneous, unlicensed performance in public spaces. Summers has been busking for over ten years and has performed for Ciroc, Hudson Jeans, Netflix, JBL-Harman and many more. He is a graduate of Fort Valley State University where he majored in mathematics and holds BA in liberal studies.