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Underground Gourmet


JESSY CAROLINA AND THE HOT MESS: Jazz collective fronted by Jessy Carolina, playing since 2009.
SOUND: Turn-of-the-twentieth-century American roots music; Carolina plays washboard, kazoo, spoons, and sings in the band. “We do covers of hundred-year-old songs, which is like doing new material, since most of our audience haven’t heard half this stuff.”
BEST OF THE SUBWAY: “Having people be like, ‘I had a shitty day at work, and you made me happy. Thank you.’ It makes you feel great.”
WORST: Stricter transit rules and police crackdowns. “It’s gotten harder and nasty,” says Carolina. “Even with a MUNY permit, you have to call two or three weeks before you want to play, and that’s not the point of busking. It’s not a gig. You should be able to go into the subway and play whenever and wherever. It used to be more fun.”

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