Today I hit Woodinville, but got out of the house late in the morning, so missed half the morning rush. This is me hitting myself on the head with the LAME board. So I have only myself to blame for that. Once that petered out, I decided to try to head to the Seattle Tilth Harvest Festival, to see what that was like, and also to see whether I could play there.
As a festival, it seemed rather nice - an exhibition area, they had some of their permanent gardens open for display, and it's a really pleasant park. It's configured well - the designated busker locations were very nice, they had flags for attention-getting and even provided chairs. They had lots of exhibitors, a good crowd, very lively - I heard one of the organisers saying that it was the largest harvest event they'd ever had, and couldn't even imagine how it got this large.
And nobody was making money on music. I did one set - about 50 minutes - and got $4. Seriously, $4. I had adult dancers, which was epic, but still - $4. But I was just fine with that because I'd rather expected this would either be really good or really bad, and really bad was the more likely option. (This is because it's an annual event with no regulars, and I didn't know whether it would be exhibitors or sales, or what; the busking area was in an exhibit area, so nobody was thinking about spending.)
Then I talked to some other music people and found out that at least of the people with whom I spoke, I was money leader. Even the stage band I saw who passed the hat after their performance appeared to have gotten less, which is pretty brutal. (I saw the hat get passed back to the stage with two $1 bills and some change inside. Ouch.) One busker I talked to (and jammed with a bit later) said she got zero, to which I can only again say ouch.
(One funny thing out of that conversation: one of them had heard me playing earlier, and walked by to check me out. She'd thought I was amped. Har, no, I'm just really fucking loud. ^_^ )
Nice festival tho'; I'd definitely go next year. Not for making money, of course - not unless I was a stage band or something, and so paid an appearance fee. But jamming a bit with a banjo player was pleasant, and it's a good festival in the other ways.