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January 27, 2017
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GEORGEFEST HOSTS “LOVEFEST 2017” ON FEBRUARY 3
Feel the love at this month’s community celebration
GEORGE, UT – Georgefest attendees will get a head start on all things romantic Friday, Feb. 3, at “Lovefest 2017.” The Valentine edition of southern Utah’s favorite first Friday event with feature indulgent fun for sweethearts, including a kissing booth on Main Street and love potions for sipping.
At Main Stage, DJ Spinz will get the party (and dancing) started at 6:30 p.m., continuing through the evening until 10. Just down Main Street, Dixie State University Student Association members will gather beneath a Valentine-red canopy distributing kisses. And to sweeten the evening, the Soda Pop Stop will serve specially-created flavors for the occasion, “Love Potion Lemonade” and “Sprite Up, My Love.”
Lovefest attendees will enjoy some extra-special lovin’ from Georgefest’s street buskers, who will be performing their usual blend of romantic ballads and popular hits. New to the street busker tribe will be St. George resident Chance Steglich, a guitarist and DSU master’s candidate, and local musical theater veteran.
“We’re delighted that Chance will be joining us for Lovefest,” said Georgefest Board Vice-President George Scott. “Chance – like all young performers who put their heart and soul into our event – is enormously personable and talented.” According to Scott, one of the most rewarding aspects of Georgfest is the opportunity to foster new entertainment through the event’s street busker program. “It’s especially exciting to see those performers work their way to Main Stage,” he said.
At the new Desert Pulse Jazz Garden venue at Green Gate Village, headliner Jessica Manalo will display her soul-infused R&B chops beginning at 8 p.m. Just 21, the Las Vegas-based singer-songwriter – included in the Las Vegas Weekly’s roundup of “10 Vegas Acts to Watch in 2016” – released a self-titled EP last year, marking her shift from a reggae-infused sound to a new soulful style. Manalo played trumpet as a youngster, picking up the guitar as a tween and starting to write and sing. Counting Adele and Amy Winehouse among her influences, Manalo now records and performs tirelessly throughout the Southwest.
Opening for Manalo at 6 p.m. will be hometown favorite Lisa Mac, whose new band (The Best Band in Town) will be appearing with her for the first time. A self-taught pianist who began playing at the age of four, Mac is one of eight children who share a passion for music. Crippled by shyness and stage-fright in her early years, Mac found liberation in music. Today, she is best known for her original, bluesy guitar compositions, and her ability to shift effortlessly between genres.
Along with craft beers from Wasatch Brewery and Squatters, and premium vintages from Iron Gate Winery, the Jazz Garden will feature gourmet tapas from Sego Restaurant in Kanab. Prepared by Chef Shon Foster, this month’s artisan menu includes ricotta meatballs with San Marzano marinara, tomato cecca and garlic crustini; butternut squash, pumpkin seed and maple brittle in a curried crema; and pulled-pork nachos with poblano crema and cotijo queso sauce, salsa verde and cilantro.
Just in time for Lovefest, the rotating art exhibit at Gallery 35 will feature a new installation by local watercolorist Mel Scott, whose work will be on display through April. Shown at galleries throughout Europe and Asia, Scott’s work has also been featured at the St. George Art Museum. Scott was the first president and an original founder of the Dixie Watercolor Society, which is housed in Gallery 35 (the largest all-watercolor gallery in southern Utah) at 35 Main Street at Historic Downtown St. George.
“The new Georgefest board of directors is very gratified with the love that the southern Utah community has extended to our event,” Scott said. “At this time of year we thought it was especially appropriate to return the favor. So we hope everyone will grab their special someone – or that special someone to be – and join us for Lovefest 2017. Georgefest continues to be entertainment that everyone can get excited about.”
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 Desert Pulse 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.
For more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Georgefest organizers are now accepting applications for street market vendors, buskers, and food vendors.