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This just in from the End Hits email receptacle:

The Big Busk is a new music festival for downtown Portland.
These are the ingredients:
* a deep and diverse pool of creative and talented musicians
* a beautiful, human-friendly downtown that consistently ranks among the most walkable in the nation
* a really crappy economy
The idea is, for an entire afternoon, to saturate downtown with music. All kinds of music. Up and down Broadway, the transit mall, the park blocks to the esplanade.
There is no stage, but every corner is a stage. There is no audience, but everyone is the audience. There is no admission fee, but we trust attendees tip generously.
So it's kind of an experiment. It's also kind of an art project and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of creative defiance. Good music for tough times.

This could either be really great, or pretty frightening. Probably a little of both. The Big Busk is scheduled to take over downtown Portland on Saturday, July 18th, and if you want to take part, send them an email.

Have fun, just leave the puppies at home, okay:?