Bob White captivating a family at last year's event

For those looking for a fun night out on Thursday, May 12, check out City Newspaper’s Best Busker Contest taking place from 5 – 9 p.m. in Rochester’s East End District.

This is the second year that City Newspaper has held this event and if last year’s Contest holds any clues, you can expect a “sell out,” according to Eric Rezsnyak, City Newspaper’s Features Editor and Director of New Media.  In his prior position at a Syracuse paper, some of their community events had been very successful, so he was keen to launch similar types of events at City Newspaper that would involve the community in Rochester.

Because of Rochester’s rich musical heritage, they chose to do a Best Buskers Contest of musical performances. This year’s 30+ performers  will line the main and side streets of East Avenue from Alexander Street to Chestnut Street. In addition to great music, this event also offers the opportunity to visit your favorite restaurants and sample new fare at some that are new to you because most area restaurants are offering specials that’ll make your mouth water and your tongue tingle, such as: $2 for British chips and gravy from The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.), $2 for 6″ chicken or hummus pitas from Pita Pit (311 Alexander St.), $1.50 for two spring rolls (meat or veggie) at Golden Port (105 East Ave.), $5 for chicken or beef quesadillas and $3 margaritas at Mex Restaurant (295 Alexander St.), $5 for 10 wings and 2-for-1 pitchers of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light at Anchor Bar (355 East Ave., $2 shots of Jameson and $2 bottles of Bud and Bud Light at Dub Land Underground (315 Alexander St.) and many more.

This is an event that the whole family will enjoy! Get there early to pick up guitar picks at City Newspaper’s Tent to drop a pick in your favorite busker’s basket.  Not only do the winners of this contest get some great prizes (First prize winner receives a $500 gift certificate from event sponsor, Bernunzio Uptown Music) but you win a great  evening of music, food and fun on the town!

P.S. After 7 p.m., there’ll be free parking at the East End Garage, bordered by Main Street and Scio Street.