Impromptu jam in a NYC subway car


40 Responses to “Impromptu jam in a NYC subway car”

  1. Michael Leddy says:

    I thought this kind of thing only happened in the movies.

  2. irksome says:

    Golly, in my clubbing days the smell of urine only added to the experience.

    Oh, and they’re congas. Not bongos.

  3. deadbot says:

    It doesn’t count when one of the musicians is playing the congas/bongos.

  4. telechi says:

    Dug the tune.  Much cuter than what happens on the MBTA.

  5. Rob Hobson says:

    “a gentleman with a fine pair of bongos”

    No one? None of you? Oh, for Christ’s sake.

    I’m just a puerile idiot, amn’t I?

  6. mr2nv says:

    I see that conga guy all the time on the shuttle b/w times square and grand central.  He does the same shtick every time for the 1 min ride. At the end, he asks everyone for a dollar which makes everyone laugh.  Then he says to watch for him on America’s Got Talent or some show like that.

  7. Raymond Wong says:

    I’ve seen that bongo player. He’s a certified bonafide NYC subway musician.

  8. schadenfreudisch says:

    but BTW everything in nyc is a fix.  otherwise you’re not doing it right.

  9. kmoser says:

    As usual, the attractive white woman gets all the airtime.

  10. bklynchris says:

    Far better than an obnoxious 4 course meal only for the invited

    At best, this was twee.

    actually, I see it was a 6 course meal.  Hipsters……..

  11. jayson says:

    Music on the subway cars is an everyday occurrence. You see black barbershop quartets, Latin mariachi bands, kids rapping for tips, you name it. 

    What’s different here? Oh, it’s a white girl with a ukelele.

    • sdmikev says:

      Jesus Christ, it’s not necessary to be offended by everything.  Is it possible to just enjoy a song on the internets?

  12. Nathan Largesse says:

    I am sad that some commenters are hating on this video because the girl is white.  She got most of the camera time because she was leading the music.  These two musicians got on BoingBoing because they are supposedly strangers and also this is quite impressive for an on-the-subway performance.  Not because it is a white girl with a uke.  Some of these comments read like being white is a dis qualifier for rightfully-deserved attention.

    • greggman says:

      Hmmm, I looked at it the other way around. Every time I’ve been to NYC I see African American or Latin musicians on the subway giving free performances which I enjoyed very much. I didn’t see those stories here on Boingboing and they’ve been going on for years so there’s certainly a part of me that thinks this is only here because she’s white.

      Of course maybe I missed those other posts.

      • Gunelle says:

        The point your missing is that the reason this is getting attention (from BoingBoing and others) is that it’s (supposedly and I do think it is not set up) IMPROMPTU — two strangers who decide to jam together.  Yes, there are lots of musicians on the subway all the time, African American, Latino etc, but they are usually a group or duo or whatever that have planned to perform together.  Again it’s the impromptu randomness of this that’s getting it attention.  Also, besides the fact that the singer is the leading the music and therefore has the camera on her, the video is taken by a guy, so obviously he’s gonna focus on the girl, duh.  If you want to put a prejudicial spin on it, blame it on sexism, not because she’s white.  (And you do minorities a disservice – ever heard of “cry wolf” — if racism is cried out at every little thing, it loses significance, for those moments when it really may be a case of racism.)

  13. Toffer99 says:

    Superb performance from both.
    Hey, if you don’t like music, don’t comment, we don’t wanna know.

  14. Joseph Finn says:

    And this is why we need conductors to go through cars and make sure riders aren’t bothering other riders who may just want to read and not be subjected to other riders loud music and phone conversations.

  15. taj1f says:

    Cory, it’s not buzz marketing. This was a true, spontaneous event (I know Jess).

  16. Quiche de Resistance says:

    I hate them both.

  17. VibroCount says:

    I like ukulele playing.

    I suppose I might be a hipster, but at the age of 61, I doubt it.

  18. andyosaurus says:

    Sad internet commentors make me sad.

  19. i_prefer_yeti says:

    Pfffffft. Here in San Francisco we know how to properly use our public transportation. By pissing out the window, of course.

  20. sean says:

    She is good enough to be in the SUNNYGIRLS!

  21. El Stinko says:

    He’s been doing that “Moose Call” schtick for years. I am always kind of impressed that he seems to be having fun despite that he must have done that routine thousands of times.

  22. Eski Morris says:

    what song is that it sound familiar

  23. Skwidspawn says:

    If this were a publicity stunt, you’d probably be able to understand WTF she’s singing over the HORRIBLE noise of the subway.

  24. Craig Bensinger says:

    good talent– want to see more

  25. Gunelle says:

    Sad that people have to be haters and find something to dis about everything.

  26. cmholm says:

    A couple of years ago, I was on the 7 train from a Mets game back to Manhattan, most of my ride graced by a young woman facing the door, singing beautifully. I didn’t want to risk breaking the spell, and thus only glanced at her in my peripheral vision, and kept my camera holstered. 

    But, not everyone is as big a weenie as I am.

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