A Washerboard Musician in the Quarter

This is a musician I spotted playing on Royale Street.  He looked as if he could have been from 1910 right off the boat from Ellis Island, but instead he was playing on Royale Street in the French Quarter in the fall of 2010.  The street musicians are a big part of French Quarter life.  They are allowed to set up on Royal Street  and play for so many hours a day and put out their hat to collect whatever you wish to donate.  There was always a crowd that stopped to listen and help to fill the hat.  One finds a pep to their step as you walk around with the music in the background.  Royal Street was the best place to see the unexpected and to people watch.

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