Designed to be the pièce de résistance of SAM, BuskerFest stemmed from the notion that Long Beach’s untapped wealth of extremely talented musicians deserved a unique celebration all their own. It’s a notion that, in its fourth year, was pretty well-founded. The fourth annual BuskerFest will close out Summer And Music 2012 on Saturday, August 25.

After a few BuskerFest veterans open the busking stages at 5 p.m., nearly a dozen local bands will fill Downtown Long Beach’s East Village Arts District with stripped-down street sets. From 6 p.m. to  8:45 p.m., performers will play unplugged or “busk” for the wooden nickels given by event attendees. The band that collects the most wooden nickels will win a grand prize. The winner will be announced at the end of the night.

When: August 25th @5pm – 11 pm
Where: East Village Arts District | Broadway & Linden (map here) | FREE & All -Ages

Headlining is Beachwood Sparks, Sub Pop’s long-standing country-indierock band making vintage Laurel Canyon sounds for more than a decade. Taking a break from recording their second full-length, Long Beach’s homegrown indie-rock band The Fling will be opening up for Beachwood Sparks on the main stage.

Before the headliners, Sea Funk Brass band and last year’s BuskerFest winner Wild Pack of Canaries will open up the busking stages, followed by performances from 10 deep-rooted and up-and-coming Long Beach groups listed below.

The night’s festivities will also include the Bliss 525 Beer Garden, the TacoRog food tent and a post-BuskerFest dance in the streets with long-time favorite DJ Lithuanian Prince. As the event is located in the East Village, there are plenty of nearby restaurants and cafes to frequent between busking sets. Stage decoration will be handled by Gypcee Trunk Show.

Ride Your Bike! Free Bicycle Valet Parking (Courtesy of Long Beach Cyclists)!

BuskerFest 2012 Schedule/Line-up

BuskerFest Stage Openers (non-competing) | 5:00 p.m.  – 6:00  p.m.
Sea Funk Brass Band
Wild Pack of Canaries

Competing Buskers | 6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. 
Bobby Blunders
Brother C & Sister J
Brown & Blue
California Lions
The Dovelles
Dublin Public
Greater California
Angela Jane

Headlining Bands | 8:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Beachwood Sparks
The Fling | Make a Pledge for The Flings new album HERE!

Post-Busking Dance Party in the Streets | 10:30 – the cows come home…
Spins by DJ Lithuanian Prince!

Check out this video from last year to get you psyched!

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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