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SPECIAL EVENT: City Newspaper's 2015 Best Busker Contest

Congratulations to Jackson Cavalier for his first place win during last night's Best Busker competition, and to Poncho for coming in second and Jug Band Dan for third. A massive thank you to all of the buskers, businesses, and of course, everyone who came out to make it one of City's best Best Buskers yet!

City Newspaper's Best Busker contest is turning 6 years old!

On May 7, come down to Rochester's East End for a night of free music on the streets from great local musicians, plus ridiculous deals from neighborhood merchants.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., local shops will be offering special buys on food, drink, goods, and services.

And be sure to come by the City Newspaper tent (in front of Christ Church, corner of East and Broadway) to get your FREE guitar picks, which you'll use to vote for the live musicians playing on the sidewalks 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The top vote-getters will win some fabulous prizes –- to be announced soon.

Click here to track the event on Facebook.

Be on the lookout for these offers from East End Merchants:

$4 draft beers and tapas to go at OX & Stone.

$2 cheese and pepperoni slices at Cam’s Pizzeria.

Half-price appetizers 4-6 p.m. and 2 for 1 on Stella and Guiness at Victoire.

$3.50/pints and $9.00/Pitchers on Bud and Bud Light at Filger’s East End.

15% discount on any room in May at East Ave Inn! Sunday-Thursday rental only. Use BESTBUSKER online or by phone

$6 burritos at Moe’s Southwest Grill.

25% off new ukuleles, new banjos, books, DVDs and green tones kid’s musical instruments; $5 t-shirts; Buy one get one half off on D’Addario strings at Bernunzio Uptown Music.

$1 mac & cheese cups and $3 “So-Not-A” sliders at Ludwig’s Center Stage Café.

$2 Little Popcorn, $1 water and/or small soda at Little Theatre.

2 veggie spring rolls for $2, 2 shrimp spring rolls for $2.50 at Golden Port.

$3/$4/$5 beer specials at Salingers.

$2 ice cream cones, pizza and Perry’s ice cream specials at Stromboli Express.

$5 chips, cheese and gravy and $3 well drinks at The Old Toad.

$1 lemon squares; $1 smorebites; $1 homemade ginger soda at Le Petit Poutine.

$1 cups of gourmet coffee at Java’s.

$5 chicken quesadillas and $2 Tecate bottled beer at Mex.

$3 glass of pinot grigio at Veneto.

2 for 1 Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. and ½-price apps 7-9 p.m. at Temple Bar & Grill.

$2 off all flavored cigars at Santiago Cigar Factory.

Buy one membership and get one free for mom during Best Busker at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

2 cookies for $1 at Orange Glory Café.

50 percent off ALL books in the store at Greenwood Books.

$3.00 Bavarian Pretzels with our house jalapeno and Stella Artois infused cheddar cheese dipping sauce; $3.00 sliders; $3.50 select wines and drafts at Wall Street.

2 small flavoür Froyos for $6, and $1 off any size Smoothie or Shake at Yogen Früz.

$3 well drinks at Murphy’s Law.

Buy one get one cocktail/wine; 1/2-price rum flights; $6 apps 5-7pm at Havana Cabana.