Of the more than 30 percussion instruments Tony Macaroni — aka Tony Pots-n-Pans — uses in his street show, only one is a real drum. The remaining instruments consist of any combination of, well, pots and pans, cookie sheets, plastic paint buckets, an old metal sink, refrigerator doors, car parts, and anything else that makes a sound when hit with a drumstick.
One of Tony’s popular lines is “two dollars for the picture” (referring to the charge to snap a photo of his street percussion act — which is well worth the price), a line he calls out from his position in Times Square, which may be anywhere from 39th Street to 41st Street up and down Broadway or even inside Midtown subway stations (depending on the weather, of course). He also travels up and down the East Coast to bring his street show to both Boston and Miami, gathering up a following in both cities as well as the Big Apple.
Not much is known about Tony’s history or how he started playing on his unique percussion instruments, but if you catch his act and throw a few dollars in his bucket, he might just answer any questions you have.
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