Image courtesy of Summer and Music.
The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA)’s loved and lauded Buskerfest will wrap-up what has been another Summer and Music (SAM) festival for the books. Head on over to the East Village in downtown Long Beach on Saturday, September 3 from 5:00PM to 11:00PM to hear your favorite local and regional bands play at 1st and Linden.
Set to headline the event is Grammy-winning folk artist Joseph Arthur, the Kingston Ska Collective, Long Beach’s Greater California, Janie and Rafferty, whose song Apple Pie was featured in Apple’s iPhone 6S campaign in 2015.
“The layout for Buskerfest has always been important because we want attendees to be able to see as much as possible—while at the same time we want to pack as many bands as possible into a relatively short program.” said SAM co-founder Rand Foster in a statement. “A larger footprint allows us to increase our band count while minimizing the bleed when bands overlap, which should provide a more better experience for both the bands and the attendees.”
Buskerfest will now sport an even better set up, where four stages will give attendees a chance to hear as many of their favorite artists as possible, according to the DLBA.
Past performers include Rival Sons, Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit, Everest, Beachwood Sparks, Avi Buffalo, Tijuana Panthers, Chicano Batman, Sam Outlaw and others, according to the DLBA’s release.
The bands gearing up to gain attendees’ wooden nickels, where the winner with the most will receive a package designed to further their musical careers, are as follows:
Rick Shelley is a singer/songwriter who became a solo artist two years ago after playing with two different bands, RagTag and Woodshed, and raising a family for 10 years. He’s now working on 1909 Miles, which you can listen to here.
For more information about Buskerfest, visit the event page here.
This report was updated at 11:43AM on 08/26/16.