October 9, 2008

The Hoedown Throwdown Showdown

Filed under: awesome,music — mhoye @ 9:26 pm

After a relatively crappy day, I got off the subway, and there’s a couple of buskers playing a fiddle and a banjo at the station. And they’re really going at it, playing the hell out of those things, and I can’t figure out why ’til I get up close. The answer turns out to be that a couple of local b-boys have decided that it’s time to throw down, to the tune of these guys playing some good old-time country fiddlin’ and pickin’.

And man, did that cheer me up.

So I did what any sane person would do in that situation, and recorded a video. I feel bad that I broke one of the lesser rules I’m going to be pushing at my presentation later this month, but I’m glad I saved the moment for posterity, and for you.


  1. That not only made my day, but my week, month, year. A world that has that in it can’t be all bad. Thanks, Mike!

    Comment by Aven — October 10, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  2. What’s the rule?

    (I can’t make it to Seneca College for the Symposium, and you’ve piqued my curiosity!)

    I’m glad you saved the moment, too! Thank you!

    Comment by Wilson — October 10, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I love spontaneous fun and creativity. Little things that make the world a better place. (Came here via Uncertain Principles.)

    Comment by wokka — October 10, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  4. I liked how they said “Thank You” when they were done. What a great world.

    Comment by Erica — October 10, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  5. So, the piece of advice that I am going to give my audience, that I choked on here, was “hold your shot longer than you think you have to.” Because when they stopped and said “thank you”, the whole subway started applauding.

    Comment by mhoye — October 10, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  6. Curious! What kind of video capture device did you have on hand? That looks like it’s as good as or better than Youtube can handle. That’s not off a phone is it???

    Comment by brian — October 10, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  7. It’s a Nikon p5100, shooting 640×480. Fantastic little point-and-shoot, and I don’t leave the house without it.

    Precisely because of stuff like this, in fact.

    Comment by mhoye — October 10, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  8. That is just a wonderful video! What fun! Thanks.

    Comment by Larry Ayers — October 10, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

  9. a thousand thankyous, more like 700 billion. you just bailed me out!

    Comment by Marguerite — October 11, 2008 @ 2:04 am

  10. Lots of fun! For what it’s worth, the first tune in their medley is titled “Little Billy Wilson”, and the second tune is “Blind Steer In A Mudhole”.

    Comment by Brendan — October 13, 2008 @ 5:18 am

  11. What a joy to find this video at the end of my day. I’ll save it for be beginning of tomorrow, too. Makes one believe all humankind should meet in an underground and get to know one another through music, we could ya know!

    Comment by vernica — October 13, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  12. It’s true… a lifetime that has commutes that end with THAT must still have beauty in it.

    thank you

    Comment by Bella — October 15, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  13. This is what life is about. Two cultures/genres/anything combining to make something wonderful.

    Comment by Ola Dugar — October 19, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  14. we CAN all get along !!!!!

    Comment by bill hardy — October 22, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  15. The Banjo and Fiddle, played together, represent an earlier intersection of African and European cultures. Things move in cycles. Thanks for the great video!

    Comment by Eddie Young — October 31, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  16. I know you posted this ages ago, but I was lucky enough to catch the banjo and fiddler in Union Square a few days after you saw them. They are a couple of really talented guys! :)

    Comment by Paige — December 31, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  17. Absolutely fecking wonderful!

    An essentially urban yet timelessly traditional encounter. Cities must be our future.

    Comment by MikeW — February 26, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  18. so much talent here,it’s miraculous to behold.i want know if the dancers were part of the act or if they decided to just start”clownin” on their own? and did the people watching give money for that? if not they sure the hell should’ve,I certainly would give a $20 without hesitation,that was worth it.

    Comment by andie — March 10, 2009 @ 8:56 pm


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    Comment by MAN — March 11, 2009 @ 9:33 am

  21. just kidding

    Comment by MAN — March 11, 2009 @ 9:33 am

  22. haha funny idk what i am typing for but what ever i am at school in the computer lab and i am bored haha lol bye

    Comment by sara — April 6, 2009 @ 1:36 pm


    Comment by Anonymous — April 11, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  24. you are awsome Mily Cyrus

    Comment by anna lee — April 16, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  25. i love you

    Comment by anna lee — April 16, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  26. this is crap

    Comment by shit — April 27, 2009 @ 5:10 am

  27. hi miley im like a huge fan and wanna know when is you tor cause i like wanna come lol hehe xx

    Comment by Anonymous — May 12, 2009 @ 11:28 am

  28. i love ya im from america but i like moved from there coz of my mum and dad but hay it is so worth it oh and im coming on your web 24 7 now as you is awsom gotta show milly my mate ta bye xx

    Comment by bob — May 12, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  29. this is shit

    Comment by Anonymous — June 5, 2009 @ 3:54 am

  30. yeah watching them would make anyone’s day. any day.
    i’d really like to watch them live.

    Comment by robb — June 27, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  31. I’m not american but its nice to see the progress the culture has made in terms of racism. I mean, wouldn’t these guys normally be lynched by banjo playing dudes like a century ago? Look at them now

    Comment by tubular — July 21, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

  32. You should have just turned around and jumped in front of the next on-coming train.

    sorry….just having a bad day!

    Comment by Brandon — September 14, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  33. What a wonderful world :D

    Comment by amy — September 29, 2009 @ 12:44 am

  34. What a happy time to be in the subway that day.
    Glad you could capture it for the rest of us.

    Comment by mavan — August 12, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

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