I've long thought that this sort of thing (and 'dark cabaret' such as Amanda Palmer plays) would be the natural progression of a lot of performance in the collapse of the studio system. This is a shot from the get-together on Sunday which seemed to be mostly bands-only. I was theoretically volunteering Sunday, but this seemed to mostly consist of listening to the music, rangering homeless people, and occasionally trying to calm down another volunteer who was basically just nucking futs.
I got to see march fourth, the stanford band, orkestrar z, sporkestrar, and a large number of other bands. It was a great time, and I'm probably going to help out again next year if I'm around. friends who've known me a long time can spot a bonus interlocutor in the crowd.
Anyway, I'm deeply happy that I went, and also deeply happy that the huge shelter is still present at the park and not blocked off or full of needles etc. My music listening has switched a lot over time, and I enjoy the street music more and more.
Also, I got to see what a drum circle is like when it is a few dozen actual trained drummers with non hippy-ass-drums and that was also way worth it. The fremont folks seemed to be out in force for it.