Festival Fever: Athens Street Festival, 7/13/13

Antigone Rising
Antigone Rising

According to their Facebook page, “The Athens Street Festival began in 1974 with a parade and one guy selling socks.”

My, how things have changed…

The 39th annual Athens Street Festival will keep things hopping in high gear in Athens on Saturday, July 13, but the fest actually starts at 7pm the previous evening (Friday, July 12) with a performance in the park by country band Peaceful Country.

On the Saturday, the festivities begin at 10am and features include a parade at 11am, as well as fest-closing fireworks at 9:45pm. Inbetween, you’ll find carnival rides, a classic car show, demonstrations of cooking, wood turning, dance and martial arts, as well as more than 150 vendor booths selling art, crafts, food, specialty items and more.

And, of course, there will be music – lots of music on three different stages throughout the fest, including headlining performances by the soulful Solid Smoke and the all-female rockers Antigone Rising.

Here’s the complete schedule of musical performances at this year’s Athens Street Festival:

12noon: Just in Time (variety)
2pm: Out of the Blue (rock)
4pm: Carmine Dio (country)
6:30pm: Antigone Rising (pop and rock)
8:30pm: Solid Smoke (Motown)

STAGE NORTH (at Second & Franklin)
11am: Sharon Phillips (music in motion)
12:30pm: Chad Churin (magician)
1:30pm: The Good Times Band (’60s)
2:45pm: Melody Newcombe (ventriloquist)
4pm: Gary and Enrico (acoustic)
5:15pm: Ed’s Jazz Trio (jazz)

STAGE SOUTH (at Second & Warren)
11am (roaming): Dented Fenders (barber shop quartet)
11am: Squeeze Play (accordion music)
12:15pm: Peckham Hollow Project (rock)
1:30pm: Kiss and Tell (rock, oldies)
2:45pm: Two Much (variety)
4pm: Head West & Nancy James (country)

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