In 60s fashion, it was a true LoveFest at Historic Downtown St. George Feb. 5. Ssouthern Utah’s new, favorite nightlife event, George Streetfest on Main, encouraged event attendees to dress 60’s for the evening, and rewarded participants with prizes, kisses, and music that inspired all ages to get down and boogie.
A highlight of the evening, the Dixie State University Student Association greeted attendees with a Kissing Booth on Main Street. In addition to doling out kisses (the Hershey’s kind), DSU students plastered all who would lend a cheek with red lips to wear throughout the evening.
Headlining at the Main Street Free Concert was the band SWIMM. Arriving from Los Angeles just hours before performing, SWIMM stole the crowd with its indie rock with a twinge of psychedelia and no hint of being weary from travel. Brumby of Las Vegas opened for SWIMM, greeted by a crowd energized and welcoming of their alternative western rock style of music.
At the Jazz Garden, crooner Nic Chamberlain swooned in Valentine fashion, as guests enjoyed tapas served by The Pizza Factory and Benja’s Thai Garden. Held indoors at the Ancestor Square Clock Tower, the beat transitioned from smooth jazz to the rock and roll tempo of Whiskey Tooth Revival from 8-10 p.m. Led by brother and sister duo Tyler and Kaitlyn Sevy of St. George, Whiskey Tooth dazzled a crowd of blues lovers that danced until the last note was played.
Returning every first Friday in 2016, George Streetfest on Main continues with free Main Street concerts, youth DJ dance parties, and the Jazz Garden for adults 21 and over. Now featuring Moab, Park City, and Zion Canyon Breweries, the Jazz Garden transitions from jazz and ragtime (6-9 p.m.) to “Blues and Brews” (9-midnight). The Jazz Garden is located indoors at Ancestor Square Clock Tower during winter and inclement weather months, and outdoors at Ancestor Square Courtyard April-October.
March 4 welcomes St. Patty’s Spring Fling with southern Utah bands Dick Earl’s Electric Witness and Many Miles performing at the Main Street Free Concert. Both bands are celebrating their George Streetfest debut.
At the Jazz Garden, Jim Sevy’s Dixe Land Band of St. George will play at 6 p.m. leading up to a performance by guest artist Mimi Blais, visiting St. George from Montreal, Canada. A classically trained pianist and educator, Blais was dubbed “the new queen of ragtime” in by music historian Ed Berlin at the 1990 Scott Joplin Festival. Following her visit to St. George, Blais will goes on tour to Hungary, and performs and Carnegie Hall, New York City, in June.
“We are thrilled to have an artist of international acclaim performing this month at the Jazz Garden,” said Melynda Thorpe, George Streetfest founder and executive producer. “Mimi is a must-see for anyone interested in jazz, ragtime, piano, and certainly all who enjoy fun, cultural entertainment.”
Blais performs at 7 p.m. at Ancestor Square. Then, at 8:30 p.m., Cedar City’s Full Tilt Boogie is scheduled to kick up the beat at the Jazz Garden until 11.
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