Historic Downtown to Celebrate All-American George July 7
The greater southern Utah community is invited to don red, white and blue July 7, as Georgefest extends Independence Day festivities with “All-American George.” This month’s street festival will celebrate all things Americana, with homegrown entertainment, locally produced food and beverages, family-friendly games, and a visit from Uncle Sam.
The fun gets underway at 6 p.m. on Main Stage, where the local Irish Celtic band Wooden Tantrum will deliver a high-energy opening set. From 8-10 p.m., The Doldrums of Provo take the stage. Drawing from members’ passions for funk and soul, classic rock and classical, as well as heavy metal – all infused with a strong jazz flavor – The Doldrums’ sound is impossible to resist and highly contagious.
At the Jazz Garden at Green Gate Village, adults 21 and over will be treated to a powerful opening blues set by The Naturals. This talented trio of young blues artists comes by their musical prowess genetically – they are siblings whose parents are acclaimed southern Utah musicians Dick and Alice Ericksen.
Eldest son Isaac Ericksen, The Naturals’ leader, got his start in the business playing bass in his father’s popular blues project, Dick Earl’s Electric Witness. Just home from serving an LDS mission in the South, Isaac is now program director at The Academy, a youth music school founded by the Ericksens. Isaac will be joined by sisters Mari, the band’s drummer, and their youngest sister Zoe, who takes lead on vocals and harmonies.
Headlining at the Jazz Garden from 8:30-11:30 p.m., Cedar City’s own Bila Gaana is scheduled to serve up a mix of genres and styles sure to suit all with an appetite for live music. With influences ranging from Frank Sinatra to Alice in Chains – with some Eagles, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Black Sabbath mixed in for good measure – Bila Gaana’s repertoire is truly unique.
Jazz Garden guests can keep cool with chilled chardonnay and rosé wines, craft brews – including George Hefeweisen – and specialty sodas. Also, Desert Mist returns with their metal sculpted misting systems designed to keep attendees cool. Those meandering along Main will also find ice cream, snow cones and shaved ice, and cold beverages.
Georgefest Founder and Executive Director Melynda Thorpe noted that her team has temporarily postponed the DJ Dance Party, due to pedestrian and traffic safety concerns at the roundabout at Main and Tabernacle streets. “In order to improve safety for event patrons, we are exploring the possibility of relocating the DJ Dance Party to a new site,” Thorpe said. “We understand the popularity of this venue at Georgefest, and hope to have the matter resolved in time for the August event.”
This month, Georgefest’s Food Truck Village will set up shop on Tabernacle Street. A configuration of tables and chairs will ensure that guests can enjoy their menu items comfortably, while light entertainment provided by Shannon Birch Vocal Studio students will provide the perfect ambiance.
“What could be more patriotic than a community-wide celebration of our nation’s birthday?” Thorpe said. “The Georgefest team looks forward to seeing everyone coming out for All-American George, and being a part of this beloved monthly tradition.”
Georgefest, a nightlife event designed to celebrate the best of southern Utah, is held on the first Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m., with the Jazz Garden at Green Gate Village open until midnight April–October. The event is sponsored by the City of St. George, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canyon Media, St. George News, and Etched Magazine.
For more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event organizers are now accepting applications for street vendors, buskers, and food vendors.