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The 9th Annual BuskerFest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance. New this year, the organizers behind BuskerFest extended the area of BuskerFest to include a stretch of Linden Avenue. In previous years, the area had ended just prior to Linden Avenue to allow vehicles to pass. This year, they closed Linden Avenue from 1st Street to Broadway to make room for more stages and booths.

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The 8th Annual BuskerFest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance. New this year, the organizers behind BuskerFest extended the area of BuskerFest to include a stretch of Linden Avenue. In previous years, the area had ended just prior to Linden Avenue to allow vehicles to pass. This year, they closed Linden Avenue from 1st Street to Broadway to make room for more stages and booths.

As the annual final act of the Summer And Music events series, they went out with a bang and have the thousands of fans that supported their events for thanks. For more music in Long Beach, see what else will go on by liking Summer And Music on Facebook and following them on Twitter. For even more music in Long Beach, make sure you check out the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival coming up in a few weeks.

The 7th Annual Busker Fest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance.

As the annual closer to the Summer And Music event series, they went out with a bang and have the thousands of fans that supported their events for thanks. For more music in Long Beach, see what else will go on by liking Summer And Music on Facebook and following them on Twitter. For even more music in Long Beach, make sure you check out the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival coming up in a few weeks, and the Long Beach Funk Fest that will return next year.

The 4th Annual Busker Fest returns to Downtown Long Beach this Saturday night starting at 5pm. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts on 1st Street between Elm and Linden, with the headliners playing on the main stage situated at 1st & Elm. Except for the main stage, all non-headlining bands will play their music on buskers – large flatbed trucks instead of stages. This gives a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provides guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music will surely want to come here and show support for the bands they like. Actual support comes in the form of wooden nickels that guests may purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night wins a grand prize from the organizers. Bliss 525 will host a beer garden, while TacoRog will host an on-site food tent, although I strongly encourage you to check out the local restaurants and cafés, as they will likely carry better food and service than a food tent. Volunteers will staff a bike valet located just north of the main stage, but for those driving, you may park in any of the parking structures immediately east of Pine Avenue between 3rd Street up to 6th Street for free for up to 2 hours. For long-term parking. your best bet at free parking lies to the east in the neighborhoods past Alamitos.

Planning to attend Taste of Brews Long Beach this Saturday? If so, after that ends, spend time sobering up at Busker Fest, just a 10-minute walk from Taste of Brews. Sneak a peak at what to expect at Busker Fest: