Listen: Street performers are the underrated heartbeat of San Francisco

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Hear from the city’s most iconic street artists

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Larry Hunt, The San Francisco Bucket Man, plays with flaming drumsticks on Market Street in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
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While the cable cars made headlines, another heartbeat of the city has also returned — the San Francisco street performer. Total SF co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight hop an F-line from the Powell Street cable car turnaround to Pier 39, to visit some of the city’s most successful street artists.

We hear from: Marc Coleman, the bard of the Ferry Building; Oakland Originalz dancer and stunt performer Javon Mabon; and Larry “Bucketman” Hunt, who has been playing drums and eating fire in San Francisco since 1979. (And had a cameo in “The Pursuit of Happyness.”) We get some history, and in the end learn the secret superpower of the San Francisco street performer.


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