George Ready to Rock April 7, No Foolin’

At the April 7 edition of the monthly nighttime community event Georgefest, “April Fool’s George” will feature indie rock, a live mannequin challenge, fine art, food trucks and fun.

FREE Main Street Concert

6 p.m. Rebel Jazz Band

7 p.m. Josh Larsen

8-10 p.m. Vintage Overdrive of Salt Lake City

Jazz Garden 21+ (now open until midnight)

6-8 p.m. Mr. CP’s Jazz Band

8 -11 p.m. Pro Jazz Jam

 

Tabernacle Street –

The youth favorite DJ Dance Party hosted by DJ Spinz will be keep things moving again April 7, along with the National Guard climbing wall, game booth, and a youth service activity from 6-10 p.m.

At Main Stage – 

Opening at the Main Stage Free Concert will be singer/songwriter Josh Larsen. A St. George resident and longtime local favorite, Larsen has been crafting original material since he first taught himself to play guitar at the age of 16. Larsen’s musical style is influenced by a diverse collection of artists, from Keith Urban to Michael Buble, along with Ray Charles and Josh Groban. Larsen’s acoustic mastery will be on display beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Salt Lake City-based Vintage Overdrive will then headline on Main Stage beginning at 8:30 p.m. An original rock and blues band, the five-member group features melodic vocals complemented by dynamic bass, percussion, and rhythm and lead guitar. Performing selections from their upcoming EP, “Love Will Conquer Fear,” the band will demonstrate why they are earning a reputation as one of the most formidable rock projects in the Salt Lake Valley.

In the Jazz Garden –

Mr. CP’s Jazz Band will hold court in the Jazz Garden presented by The Desert Pulse at Green Gate Village. Led by journeyman string bassist Carlyle Potter, the band gets things swinging at 6:30 p.m. with a tribute to legendary musicians Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Then at 9 p.m., several of the areas finest jazz musicians will stop by the Garden to take part in a special VIP jam session. Cool jazz and hot improvisations will last until 10:30 p.m., with the Jazz Garden remaining open until midnight. While enjoying smooth tunes, those 21+ can samples craft brews from Wasatch Brewery and Squatters, boutique wines from IG Winery, tapas from Kanab’s Sego Restaurant, and an array of specialty sodas. More about the Jazz Garden.

Georgefest gets Artsy

Real-time painter Karen Colbert March will demonstrate at Gallery 35 during Georgefest, with a presentation by local historical photo curator, Lynne Clark. Also, in honor of the new “outdoor sculpture garden” being installed the following morning in Historic Downtown St. George by Art Around the Corner – in cooperation with the City of St. George – Georgefest attendees will have the chance to participate in a one-of-a-kind event:  Anyone so inclined is invited to take part in the “Georgefest Mannequin Challenge,” climbing aboard one of the designated pedestals and striking a pose for as long as possible. Friends and family members are encouraged to capture the poses and post them to social media #georgefest, creating a one-time-only, digital sculpture garden during the monthly community celebration.

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, Etched Magazine, The Independent, The Desert Pulse, Iron Gate Winery and Wasatch Brewery.

Follow the searchlight to Historic Downtown St. George on the first Friday of every month. Or, for more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email info@georgestreetfest.com.

This kind of fun is good for you.