Visiting world-famous Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco can be an enchanting and inspiring experience. For musician Kippy Marks, this place is where the magic happens.
"There's a whole different caliber of expression that I'm able to do here in the square," he says. "There's no competition and people aren't trying to be mean to you. It's a wonderful atmosphere and you can't beat it. I've been down here for seven years, eight years almost."
Marks doesn't play your average violin. It has various electronic wires and elements that enhance and deliver a unique sound. That sound is appreciated throughout the square, and Marks says that he is always welcomed with open arms and ears.
"I've been playing the violin for 38 years, and I've played with symphonies all over the United States of America," he says.