We feature live music at every screening, and concerts every night of the Fest. Get to know our 2014 musicians below. Plus, watch Busker videos here. And, to see all these musicians in action, buy a Busker Band here.
- Bruiser Queen
- Chimney Choir
- Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu
- Comfort Zone
- DJ Gold E Mouf
- Dubb Nubb
- Eric Rich
- The Flood Brothers
- Flux Bikes
- Foundry Field Recordings
- The Hooten Hallers
- Jerusalem and the Starbaskets
- Les Trois Coups
- Lone Piñon
- Lonesome Leash
- Molly Gene One Whoaman Band
- Mountain Animation
- Nevada Greene
- New Tongues
- The Onions
- La Operación Jarocha
- Paul Rucker
- Rae Fitzgerald
- Raya Brass Band
- Ruth Acuff
- Samuel James
- Syna So Pro
- Yes Ma'am
- Yva Las Vegass
Bruiser Queen blends 21st Century garage punk stomp with 60's girl group shimmy.
Clever arrangements born from an amalgamation of musical influences, including old timey folk songs, friends on Mississippi porches, and stories of robots and time machines gone wrong.
Cindy’s voice, with its sweet Missouri twang, warms our insides like a long drink of moonshine. Take a pull and feel it burn so good.
The second incarnation of this 48 hour band challenge is to find a practice space and work out a set two days before the fest.
Coward's sound is wrought with honesty and substance; powerful, yet humane; tumultuous, yet blissful.
Chicago based DJ Gold E Mouf serves up a mix of bounce, house, and R&B to keep you on your feet all night.
Dubb Nubb is a family folk band that tells stories through images of highways and cities, nature and concrete, ghosts and lovers.
Piano bike extraordinaire Eric Rich pedals forth to deliver beautiful classical renditions on the streets of Columbia.
Maximalist Psych-Rock collective Fliight have been conducting loud, repetitive sound experiments since 2009.
The Flood Brothers' sound, rich with boot-stompin' rhythms and heart-tuggin' blues, was born on the banks of the Mississippi River and cultivated in the Delta sun.
Flux Bikes turns bicycle wheels into percussion instruments, incorporating West African rhythms, electro-acoustic techniques, and improvisation.
Former Columbia, Mo based outfit helmed by Billy Schuh returns with David Korasick and Crystal Lewis bringing a mix of songs fluid with picturesque landscapes and serrated emotions in a scaled down acoustic format.
A mathematician by day, musician by night, Hema plays Carnatic Music, the traditional music of Southern India, on the veena, accompanied by violin and flute.
For these three Missouri boys, the pie in the sky is a bottle of whiskey and a damn good story to tell.
Country-loving trio Jeremy Freeze, Kim Sherman, and Jon Garland wrap sharp-edged guitars and meandering vocals in layers of maracas, fuzz, and distortion.
This charming, hyperkinetic French quartet is back for an encore, mixing street theater and musette-inspired traditional French tunes.
Two New Mexico transplants use guitar, fiddle, and accordion to conjure up and pay tribute to the traditional folk songs from the region of El Rio Grande del Norte while stirring in their own styles of old-time and classic country music.
Walt McClements of Dark Dark Dark and Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? (T/F 2012), returns with this solo project, in which he breathes life into ghosts with each song while building on accordion chords with foot drums and trumpet accents.
Crystal vocals and the biggest of beats. MNDR is a pop chanteuse for/from the future.
A whirlwind from Warrensburg, Mo, this one whoaman band delivers a delta blues sound of boozed soaked vocals, hound dog harmonica, swampified guitars, and crushing drums all at the same time.
Lightning-quick banjo and flame-throwing violin mayhem, backed with minimalist percussion, takes listeners to higher elevations.
Sugary vocals blended with pop hooks, distorted guitars, vintage synthesizers and plenty of dance moves.
Ethereal midwestern instrumentalists.
Drenched in reverb, propulsive rhythms, and a 90's midwestern aesthetic.
The Onions are five boys with three-part harmonies and one single faith in the glories of pop music.
A collective of musicians from Veracruz, Mexico that embody the spontaneous spirit of traditional jarocha music.
A veteran musician, composer & artist who wields a cello with furiousity and finesse to create an expansive soundscape.
This classically trained musician and esteemed scholar moonlights with his wandering folk songs on the mbira and slit drum.
Local songwriter Rae Fitzgerald pulls you in close with deep sultry tunes that leave you swooning and swaying to the spell of her voice.
With influences from the Balkans to New Orleans and from punk to jazz, these instrumentalists will conjure up a celebration on the streets, dance floors, or wherever you let them.
Harpist Ruth Acuff weaves intricate stories with delicate strings accompanied by her loved ones on bass, glockenspiel and vocals.
One man and his guitar. So much energy from each pick, slide, and strum that you'll be pulsing with the sounds of his blues heavy rhythms long after he's left the stage.
Recreating the psychedelic audio/visual sensations of European discotheques of the 1980's, SpaceIsThePlace is a dance party like no other.
These talented guitar players channel folk duos of generations past with catchy songs, close harmonies and driving rhythms played on nylon strings.
Syrhea Conaway layers rhythms and vocals with a looping station and a microphone, resulting in an enchanting a capella experience like none other.
Hailing from the misty shores of Maine, True/False veterans, The Toughcats, return to pick, strum, and tap their way into your hearts with a high-energy bluegrass twang.
Soaked in Deep South lore, these muddy tunes come from one of New Orleans' finest busking bands.
Yva Las Vegass stirs up Venezuelan folk splattered with punk rock, electronica, and grunge. Yva’s voice and passion are sure to leave your eyes watering and skin tingling.