A year or so ago I read that Seattle had passed some of the most liberal busking laws in the country. Busking is playing live music in public, providing entertainment for passing pedestrians and cultural vitality to sidewalks.
While I was in Seattle, I heard 4 different a Capella groups, 3 different guitar players (classical, steel and folk), two different violin players, a country quartet, a jug band, a guy with a piano on wheels and several percussionists. However, condoning the practice is not without its artistic risks.
I also heard a bagpipe player. I know that some people don’t care for bagpipe music. Personally, I really enjoy it. However, whenever I hear it, I feel inspired to charge a determinedly defended stone wall. This is not always a good thing.
So, if you allow busking, sometimes you might get a cello and sometimes you might get a bagpipe.