basket house

basket house

A bar, café, or other public venue where musicians perform and are paid only by the collection of money from the audience in a basket or similar receptacle. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Many of the most famous musicians began their careers eking out a living in basket houses around Greenwich Village in New York City.
See also: basket, house
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The British company Chrome Dreams has produced a new documentary, Bob Dylan, Roads Rapidly Changing, which takes on the years of Dylan's rapid ascent from the "basket houses" of Greenwich Village to international fame.