Street Corner Symphony performs at San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market, November 11, 1999 Photo: Roberta Howell
The Street Corner Symphony:
San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market
In 1983 the Downtown Association of San Luis Obispo
began arranging for special activities and entertainment on Higuera
Street on Thursday evenings in an effort to attract crowds and
boost the sales of local merchants. At these officially-designated
"Thursday Night Activities," farmers were invited to come to sell
their produce -- and thus began the San Luis Obispo Farmers'
Market. Growing in popularity and becoming a year-round event, the
Farmers' Market started to attract street musicians, exemplified by
such groups as the Street Corner Symphony. The Street Corner
Symphony is a five-member capella, doo-wop group, founded in 1993
at California State University. Their repertoire spans four decades
of music and represents the interests and tastes of California
Central Coast residents, both young and old. The Street Corner
Symphony succeeds in projecting the liveliness and sense of
community of the Farmers' Market as it was meant to be. Project
documentation includes a report tracing the history of the group
and their involvement in the Farmers' Market, the photographs of
Robert Howell, a professional Central Coast photographer for the
past 25 years, and audio recordings of the group produced by Greg
Schifano, a professional sound recordist.
Originally submitted by: Lois Capps, Representative (22nd District).
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