April Fool’s Day is traditionally marked by merriment and music, and the next George Streetfest on Main event – which happens to fall on April 1 – will be no exception. Local residents, tourists and guests of all ages will again arrive to myriad of entertainment options at the Downtown St. George block party, which has become the place to be on the first Friday of every month.
Featuring the country-rock sounds of popular southern Utah band The Whiskey Tooth Revival headlining at 8 p.m., the Main Street Free Concert opens with former Southern Utah residents Sala and Edgar at 7 p.m. The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden offerings include “fiery jazz” performed by another local female favorite, Alice Ericksen ay 6:30 p.m., followed by Brews & Blues at 8:30 p.m. with Wirelefant.
At Ancestor Square Courtyard and Clock Tower, the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden welcomes Southern Utah’s own Alice “Honey Bea” Ericksen. Revered for her powerhouse R&B, soul, funk and blues vocals with Soul What?!, Ericksen – a seasoned songstress who has opened for such notables as Manhattan Transfer and Firehouse – announces she will shift gears April 1 to deliver a full menu of fiery, sultry jazz with the Jazz Garden house band.
Ericksen’s 6-8 p.m. performance will be followed by two hours of searing blues provided by Wirelefant. This St. George-based project, which draws its influences from alternative, acoustic and rock music genres, is one of Dixie’s best-known and most popular bands. Playing gigs in Las Vegas and concerts throughout the Beehive State, Wirelefant has earned a loyal following of fans both locally and regionally.
With warmer temperatures, the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden remains open until midnight, with those 21+ having the option to purchase wines selected by the St. George Wine Club, as well as select craft microbrews by Springdale’s own Zion Brewing Company, and Moab and Park City Breweries. Non-alcoholic beverage options include specialty sodas from Café Soleil Zion of Springdale. Additionally, April’s Jazz Garden visitors can enjoy tasty tapas prepared by Benja’s, and favorite breadsticks and pizza slices by The Pizza Factory.
On the first Friday of every month, three blocks at Historic Downtown are transformed into an exciting entertainment hub. George Streetfest venues include a free, live music concert on the Main Street, Youth DJ Dance Party with DJ Spinz on Tabernacle Street, jazz from 6-8 p.m. and blues from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden, the George FREE Photo Booth sponsored by TDS Telecom, and the Food Truck Village near Main Stage. George Streetfest has quickly earned a reputation as Southern Utah’s most electrifying nighttime event, offering something fun for everyone. Now that milder evenings are in store, Utah residents and tourists alike can be expected to pack the various George Streetfest venues.
“With the arrival of springtime and warm temperatures, George Streetfest is gearing up to continue Southern Utah’s favorite new nightlife event through the busy tourist months,” said Melynda Thorpe, George Streetfest executive producer. “Showcasing the best this community has to offer, the vibe in Historic Downtown has never been better, and we invite everyone to follow the searchlight on April 1 and come and be part of it.”
Other entertainment options abound during the April 1 edition of George Streetfest, including the “Arts to Zion Showcase” at the new Gallery 35, where plein air artist Ron Larson and other artisans will be painting in the foyer, located at 35 N. Main Street. Also, the St. George Arts Commission will be hosting the eighth-annual “Sweetheart Swing” dance at the nearby Dixie Academy, at 86 S. 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 Desert Pulse Jazz Garden open until midnight from April–October. The event, presented by Historic Downtown St. George and Emceesquare Media, is sponsored in 2016 by the City of St. George, the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canyon Media, St. George News, Etched Magazine, The Independent, Wingate by Windham Hotel, and TDS Telecom. New to the George Streetfest sponsor team is The Desert Pulse, stepping in as naming sponsor of the George Jazz Garden. The Desert Pulse is the region’s most comprehensive source for live entertainment across the desert floor. From Mesquite, St. George and Kanab, to Springdale, Zion, Cedar City, Brian Head and beyond, if it’s live entertainment worth seeing, hearing, or knowing about, it can be found at The Desert Pulse.
“We at The Desert Pulse are thrilled to sponsor the George Jazz Garden,” said Desert Pulse CEO George Scott. “Since The Desert Pulse is the best source for information about the many entertainment options in the area, it’s a natural fit to support the venue that showcases those entertainers,” he said. “We look forward to helping present the outstanding, high-caliber musicians who make Southern Utah such an exciting place to live and visit.”
Originally scheduled to perform at the George Streetfest Main Street Free Concert April 1 is Carlie Wall, who will be unable to perform for medical reasons. For more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. George Streetfest organizers are now accepting applications for street market vendors, buskers, food vendors, and farmer’s market vendors.