Spring Fling to Feature Queen of Ragtime, Local Bands, Brews, and Bushels of Green

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George Streetfest on Main celebrates the arrival of springtime with a spectacular lineup of First Friday celebrations suited for the warming weather. On March 4, “St. Patty’s Spring Fling” offers the return of Downtown Farmer’s Market at Ancestor Square, along with a climbing wall on Main Street. At the Jazz Garden, visiting from Montreal, Canada, internationally acclaimed ragtime pianist Mimi Blais will offer a live show and performance at 7 p.m.

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Southern Utah band Many Miles will make its George Streetfest debut March 4 at the Free Main Street Concert.

Then, following St. Patty’s Spring Fling, event organizers look forward to the fodder offered by April’s first Friday falling on April Fool’s Day this year. In May, “Iron George” welcomes the IRONMAN triathlon crowd, with June’s “George Midnight Madness” combining the Streetfest celebration with the St. George’s Midnight 5k.

An evening filled with live music, good food, and fun for all ages, St. Patty’s Spring Fling March 4 will span four Historic Downtown blocks offering a variety of ongoing entertainment and outdoor activity through 11 p.m. On Tabernacle Street, DJ Spinz will lead the Youth DJ Dance Party beginning at 6 p.m. alongside the Utah National Guard climbing wall. For families, St. George Area Chamber of Commerce will offer games for kids on south Main Street, and singer Alan Osmond, oldest sibling of the musical group The Osmonds, will speak at St. George Tabernacle at 7 p.m.

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Catch Dick Earl’s Electric Witness on Main Stage at 7 p.m.

Performing at the Free Main Street Concert this month is Dick Earl and His Electric Witness at 7 p.m., followed by Many Miles headlining at 8 p.m. March 4 represents the George Streetfest debut performance for both southern Utah bands.

At the Jazz Garden at 7 p.m., guest artist Mimi Blais will without a doubt enthrall guests with her vivacious ragtime show. A classically trained pianist and educator, Blais was dubbed “the new queen of ragtime” by music historian Ed Berlin at the 1990 Scott Joplin Festival.

Through her music, comedic vignettes, and colorful expressions, Mimi displays the various styles found in ragtime music, from its early American origins to present day. Following her Jazz Garden performance Blais travels on tour to Hungary, then returns to the United States to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in June.

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Guest artist Mimi Blais of Montreal will enthrall guests with her vivacious ragtime show. A classically trained pianist, she is dubbed “Queen of Ragtime” for her mastery of the genre.

“We are thrilled to have an internationally renowned ragtime artist performing at the Jazz Garden this month,” said Melynda Thorpe, George Streetfest executive producer. “Anyone with an interest in jazz, ragtime or piano should really come and see her perform. Her show is filled with real ragtime grit, and she is someone with the sensational ability to steal her own show with diversity in personality, humor, intelligence, and wit.”

“We are thrilled to have an internationally renowned ragtime artist performing at the Jazz Garden this month,” said Melynda Thorpe, George Streetfest executive producer. “Anyone with an interest in jazz, ragtime or piano should really come and see her perform. Her show is filled with real ragtime grit, and she is someone with the sensational ability to steal her own show with diversity in personality, humor, intelligence, and wit.”

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Jim Sevy’s Dixie Land Band will open the Jazz Garden at 6 p.m.

For adults 21 and over, the Jazz Garden located at the Historic Ancestor Square Clock Tower offers tapas served by favorite downtown restaurants to the tune of a live jazz band and blues performers. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Painted Pony will serve corned beef sliders alongside selections from Benja’s. Beverage service includes microbrews by Moab and Park City Breweries, alongside local favorite Zion Brewing Company of Springdale, Utah. Each month, the St. George Wine Club selects wines, with specialty sodas provided by Café Soleil at Zion Canyon.

Returning to Ancestor Square with the March 4 event is the Downtown Farmers Market featuring homegrown, homemade, and hand crafted original products.

Following the closure of Main Street at 3 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, event organizers transform Historic Downtown into a celebration that centers around a temporary stage erected at the intersection of Main Street and St. George Blvd. An event designed to offer something for everyone, favorite event venues include the Main Street Market, Food Truck Village, Youth DJ Dance Party, George Jr. Village, and Jazz Garden.

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Downtown Farmer’s Market returns to George Streetfest in March featuring homegrown, homemade, and hand crafted original products. Find them on first Fridays at Ancestor Square Courtyard near the Jazz Garden.

Lining Main Street each month is an eclectic and enthusiastic mix of artists, crafters, merchants and food vendors catering to an equally interested crowd of local residents and tourists eager to enjoy good food, art and music under a canopy of starlight and fresh air. A highlight of George Streetfest and a draw that keeps attendees returning each month is the Free Main Street Concert featuring both local and guest musicians.

“George has shown us something special about our community, and we appreciate the efforts of organizers who continue to develop and grow this nightlife event that offers something for everyone,” said St. George City Mayor Jon Pike. “We express our continued support for this new, fun community event that continues to give us all a reason to gather at the center of town each month, and we appreciate the community for turning out to make George Streetfest something we can all be proud of.”

According to Nicki Pace of Downtown Merchants Group, “George has brought new life and energy to Downtown and we are excited to watch the event grow in 2016.”

Said Pace, “The downtown merchants appreciate the vision, commitment and hard work of event organizers in creating, planning, and managing a new first Friday event that brings culture and a consistent nightlife option to the center of our community.”

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Mint the Food Truck is March’s featured vendor. Find them at Food Truck Village near Main Street.

George Streetfest on Main is a nightlife event designed to celebrate the best of southern Utah on the first Friday of every month from 6-11 p.m., with the Jazz Garden open until midnight April – October. The event is presented by Historic Downtown St. George, with event design and management by Emceesquare Media. Sponsors include St. George City, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canyon Media, St. George News, Etched Magazine, The Independent, Wingate by Windham Hotel, Remax Apple Group, SGI Mortgage, and TDS Telecom.

For more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email info@georgestreetfest.com. George Streetfest organizers are now accepting applications for street market vendors, buskers, food vendors, and farmer’s market vendors.