Portland street performers share love of music, courage to play in public

Posted Aug. 30, 2012, at 4:07 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — They come from all walks of life.

There’s a group of college kids from Falmouth setting up in Post Office Park to play electric-funk music one last time before heading off to college.

There’s a ninth-grader from South Portland practicing her fiddle on Exchange Street.

And there’s an accordion player on the waterfront hoping to earn enough in tips to bail a friend out of jail.

Whether they still live at home with their parents or are just passing through town, street musicians share a love of music and the guts to play in public.

Last Sunday photographer Robert Bukaty visited Portland’s Old Port to see who was performing.