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Rock me Charleston like a Wagon Wheel…

>> Monday, April 29, 2013

            On the night of April 27th, all of the students aboard the Harvey Gamage went out on the town after dinner. The plan was to busk for money to buy ice cream, and then go to a concert that Mr. K was playing in. We were all dressed up in thrift store clothing. Our band consisted of two guitars, two violins, a few harmonicas and a homemade shaker.
            Hayden made our first five dollars on the dock. An older couple gave them to us and we didn’t even have to play anything! We set up on the corner of the main street, King Street, right by the large fountain. We played a little and made some money, and then we packed up and moved further down the road.  We set up in the doorway of a closed movie theatre. The musicians played while some people danced and others sang. We had a repertoire of about three and a half songs. From the doors of the theatre, we moved down to the market, which was deserted at night.  We picked up some random street fans that hung out with us for an hour or so, and they helped bring in a Bachelorette party to dance to our main song, Wagon Wheel. By the end of this first adventure we had made $86. We decided to go check out Mr. K and the band he was playing with at the Kickin’ Chicken. Mr. K was awesome, and bunch of people were dancing with the crew.
            Meanwhile, Hayden, Alex and Mira were still busking at the theater where we started. After a bit of dancing, I grabbed my guitar and went to join them. We played for probably and hour, and made an additional $60. Our set was almost exclusively Wagon Wheel. The people loved it, and quite a few stopped to dance with us as we rocked out. Alex broke two strings on his guitar during the second to last Wagon Wheel cover. We returned to the ship after midnight. It was a great night out!

Carter Goodell


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