Long Beach's Summer and Music (SAM) has been putting on free live shows all season, and tonight it's ending things with fan favorite BuskerFest. A tribute to the age-old tradition of street performances, BuskerFest is a music festival where the bands compete for your “money” (wooden nickels). The act with the most nickels wins a recording or cd pressing valued at $2,500. In true busker spirit, each band will be provided only one microphone and an amp. It's a great way to check out a host of local up-and-coming artists, including Bearcoon; Ray Barbee; Classics; Jesse Davis Edwards; Ghetto Blaster$; Hanlin, Jones, & Ricky IV; The Moderates; So Many Wizards; and Thy Squid. Last year's winner, Fathers & Suns, will join the competing bands for a finale jam. It's all the fun of supporting your local busker without actually having to pay anything — and with the addition of food trucks, beer and a free bike valet. East Village, First Street between Elm and Linden, Long Beach; Sat., Sept. 6, 5-11 p.m.; free. summerandmusic.com.
Sat., Sept. 6, 5-11 p.m., 2014
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