UPDATE 5/3/13 with the names of the winners and a link to a photo gallery from the event.
Thank you to the hundreds of people who came out to City's 4th Annual Best Busker Contest May 2 in Rochester's East End! We are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 contest:
Third Place, winner of a $100 gift certificate to Bernunzio Uptown Music: Hieronymus Bogs
Second Place, winner of a $150 gift certificate to Bernunzio Uptown Music: Roger Kuhn
First Place, winner of a $500 gift certificate to Bernunzio Uptown Music: Jug Band Dan Walpole
For photos of this year's event, visit City Newspaper's Facebook gallery. And make sure to Like City on Facebook to keep up with future event announcements.
City Newspaper's Best Busker Contest is back for its fourth year! Come down to Rochester's East End on Thursday, May 2, for a night of free music from great local musicians, plus ridiculous deals from neighborhood merchants on food, drink, goods, and services.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!
Come to the City Newspaper tent to get your FREE guitar picks, which you'll use to vote for the live musicians playing on the sidewalks 6-8 p.m. The top vote-getters will win prizes furnished by Bernunzio Uptown Music, including a $500 gift certificate for first place!
Get updates and see photo slideshows of past year's busker events at the Best Busker Contest Facebook Page!
CLICK HERE for an interactive Google map with all of the merchant offers and musician locations.
Merchant offers will run 5-9 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), and music will run 6-8 p.m.
Kit Fallon: fiddle
Jeff Slutsky: guitar
Josh Heller: guitar
Rodger Chenelly: guitar
Thomas Chamberlain: guitar & harmonica
Tim Wagner: busker organ
Jefferson Svengsouk: Native American flute
Dean Channing: guitar
Michael Lasota: guitar
Katie Preston: accordion
John Southcott: guitar
Jug Band Dan Walpole: banjolin, jug, kazoo
Tom "Pops" Mark: saxophone, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, ukelele, concertina, and limberjack
Hieronymus Bogs: banjo, guitar, percussion, objects
Michelle Younger: banjo
Michael Simson: guitar, mandolin, harmonica
Zach Noyes: guitar & harmonica
Andy Willoughby, Chordteacher: piano
Lawrence Feldman, Guitourist: guitar
Teressa Wilcox: guitar
Jinn Farfast: improvisational songs with guitar
Miles McHugh: guitar
Harry Allen: guitar, washtub bass, harmonica
Sequoia Kemp: a cappella voice
Poncho Redding: fiddle
Dan Celso: guitar
Eric Pinales: mandolin
Pravin Venkatraman: classical Indian violin
Roger Kuhn: guitar, tambourine, harmonica, kazoo, accordion
Bobby Maville: guitar
Note that all of our busker slots are full, and we cannot accept walk-up musician entrants. All musicians are subject to change. A map of buskers and their playing locations will be posted early in the week of the event.
-$1 Le Petit S'more Treats from Le Petit Poutine!
-$4 Carolina pulled-pork sandwiches from Marty's Meats!*
-$3 Mac-Daddys, $3 Back Alley Burgers, and $3 Portabella Sandwiches from Mr. V's!
-Three "cake shots" for $5 at Lettuce B. Frank!
-Complimentary tall coffee with purchase of a baked good; $1 off small pizza, $2 off large pizza at Spot Coffee!
-$3 bottles of Pyramid Curve Ball Blonde Ale at Matthew's East End Grill!
-$5 flights of beer at Roc Brewing Co.!
-$2 cheese and pepperoni slices at Cam's Pizzeria!
-Half-price appetizers 4-6 p.m. and 2 for 1 on select beers at Victoire!
-$3 sliders with a can of Schmidt at Skylark Lounge!
-$2 Bud Light pints, $3 shots of Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey or Smirnoff Sorbet at MacGregor's!
-15 percent discount on any room in May (Sundays-Thursdays only) at East Ave Inn!
-50 percent off any one menu item at Moe's Southwest Grill!
-$3 blue velvet cake push pops from Fraiche!
-$7.50 music stand lights. $8.50 F-Zone digital music tuners, $30 colored ukuleles, and 25 percent off in-stock new ukuleles at Bernunzio Uptown Music!
-$1 mac & cheese cups and $3 chicken portabella sliders at Ludwig's Center Stage Café!
-$2 large fountain sodas, $2 small popcorns, $1 bottled waters at Little Theatre!
-2 spring rolls for $2 at Golden Port!
-$2 pints and 16 oz. cans (21 and over only) at Salinger's!
-$2 slices of pepperoni and cheese pizza at Stromboli Express!
-$2 gourmet Old Toad sliders and $3 well drinks at The Old Toad!
-$2 Coronas at Bamba Bistro!
-$1 cups of gourmet coffee at Java's!
-$2 tacos (meat or vegetarian), $2 bottles of Tecate beer at Mex!
-$5 chicken-on-a-stick, $3 cans of Genny Bock at Acanthus Cafe!
-$2 "grab bag" beers and $2 Tullamore Dew shots at Dub Land Underground!
-2 risotto balls for $3; 2 prosciutto wraps for $3; $3 Sam Adams; $3 chardonnays at Veneto!
-$2.50 meatball sliders & chips at Camarella's!
-Half-price appetizers at Temple Bar & Grill!
-$2 off all flavored cigars at Santiago Cigar Factory!
-$3 Art-o-Mat works, plus free admission to "Eat It: Artists Explore Food & Consumption" at Rochester Contemporary Art Center!
-$2 pepperoni or cheese pizza slices at Pontillo's Pizza!
-$3 for any standard 6" pita at Pita Pit!
-$1 for 2 cookies at Orange Glory Cafe!
-50 percent off every book in the store at Greenwood Books!
-$3 sliders and fries OR $2 gourmet beef or chicken tacos OR $3 house wines/domestic drafts from Wall Street!
Jameson shots from Havana Moe's!
*Stop by the City Newspaper Tent to enter for a chance to win a Meat Party with Marty from Marty's Meats, a $300 value!*