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Busker and YouTube phenomenon Dovydas claims St. Armands as his stage.

STUDIO SHOT BY DOVYDAS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

Several nights a week, busker and YouTube phenomenon (YT) Dovydas sets up in a crosswalk on St. Armands Circle. His output goes way beyond the typical acoustic street performer. It includes, in no particular order: an electric guitar, a pedal board, a synthesizer, a drum machine, a Bose sound system, action cameras, headphones, a videographer (who happens to be his wife) and an assortment microphones, stands, cables and stuff. To date, he has over 1 million YT subscribers from all over the world and is recognized in almost every city he is in when he travels. It has a Wikipedia entry, sponsorships, and a growing collection of free gear. You could argue that Dovydas is officially part of St. Armand’s entertainment lineup, that he’s been asked to perform his particular brand of jaw-dropping covers, and that someone somewhere is writing him a check for big crowds. that he attracts. But none of this is true. “Before, I was a bit harassed by the police, he says, but I have become quite familiar with the codes and the laws. It gets quite awkward for them when they try to cite me for a violation that doesn’t exist. However, it makes for great content on his YT channel. For the Lithuanian-born former reality TV contestant (search “David Smash 2009” on YT), his rise to near-fame took a route outside the traditional music industry machine.

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“I went on TV, recorded an album and none of it worked. So I came to America to “be a big star,” he says in a parody of his Eastern European accent. He and his wife make a good living from advertising revenue from their millions of views. Still, there remains a disconnect between his internet fame and the real-life town he’s called home since 2012. “Playing in St. Armands has been great for me and I’m grateful to do it,” he says, “but I J love to organize a real concert with a stage and permits with the help of the St. Armands association.

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