Flower Day, the annual floral extravaganza that takes place in Detroit’s Eastern Market, was unseasonably cold and rainy this year. The dreary weather didn’t keep thousands of metro-Detroiters from the bustling market on Sunday, though, and some lucky attendees were rewarded for being there with a few Random Acts of Culture.

A tuba player in Rocky Peanut Company

A performer in Rocky Peanut Company.

The Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture program brings performing artists to unsuspecting crowds in public places. Those of us who got a chance to see Saturday’s performers were treated to the stately sounds of a Brassworks quintet and the sensual stylings of local flamenco sensation Valeria Montes, or La Chispa, and three of her friends.

The artists surprised audiences all over the market. I caught a few of their performances in a couple different locations. Below, enjoy a video of the quintet in the R. Hirt, Jr. store and Montes and Company performing in Zef’s Coney Island.

I overheard one spectator ask a performer if he accepted donations. When he said no, she replied, “So you just go around and make people smile? It works so well.”




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