Performers want this street
gigBy MIKE VOSS, Contributing Editor
Music in the Streets may need to appropriate more streets to
accommodate musicians who want to perform at the festival.
For an example, take tonight's Music in the Streets. Joey Toler,
musical coordinator for the event, reports having to turn away
musicians seeking performance venues during the event's run from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. There are not enough venues to meet demand, unless
performers are crowded together. Event organizers don't want that to
happen; they don't want performers stepping on each other --
literally, musically and figuratively.
"I think we have definitely been discovered," wrote Rich Morin, a
Music in the Streets co-chairman, to other members of the Music in
the Streets steering committee.
One new musical addition to the street festival is scheduled to
play tonight. Tyler Riverbark, who's from Wilmington, is penciled in
to make his Music in the Streets debut. Another musician was forced
to cancel his Music in the Streets premiere because a performer who
was to accompany him could not make tonight's event.
Someone's Sister and Celtic musician Jennifer Licko will make
their second appearances. Licko, who grew up in Eastern North
Carolina, earned a music degree from East Carolina University.
Someone's Sister features Georgia Winfree, a former Washington
resident, and Katherine Jones.
Music in the Streets received a mention on National Public Radio
on Wednesday, according to Toler. NPR broadcast a segment on
Someone's Sister, including an announcer saying Someone's Sister
would be appearing tonight at Music in the Streets.
In an interview earlier this month, Winfree said this about the
attraction of Music in the Streets: "It appeals to everyone. It has
that magical atmosphere of a street fair under the stars as it gets
dark. It is a free event as well. Rarely can you see so much talent
and variety on the same day without paying a dime"
Morin offered a suggestion for downtown merchants: "I think it
would be nice for a downtown store to sell CDs by Music in the
The street festival is more than music.
A collection of classic cars, a group of shaggers and the
Carolina Girls return to downtown streets tonight. The Wind-Up
Action Theater Company, featuring Dale Steele and his talents. may
Phoebe Wahab and other bubble-makers from Goose Creek State Park
will display their talents at Ingalls Park, the area just east of
the Bank of America building. Music in the Streets T-shirts will be
sold during the event. The Beaufort County Arts Council will sell
pizza slices and cold beverages at two locations, one at the
intersection of Main and Gladden streets and the other near the
Rain or shine, Music in the Streets will take place tonight.
Though organizers of the street festival hope rain won't fall
during the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. performances, they have a contingency
plan in place. Most of the musical acts, especially those requiring
electricity, will be moved off the streets and into downtown
restaurants and stores.
Music in the Streets organizers will be on hand tonight to help
direct people to locations where the performers are relocated in the
event of rain. The "staff" will be wearing khaki pants and navy blue
polo shirts bearing "Music in the Streets -- Washington, N.C." logos
on the upper-left-breast area.
Music in the Streets, organized by the Historic Downtown
Washington Merchants Association and a steering committee, is a
street festival held each third Friday of the month from April
through September. In October, Music in the Streets is held the
Friday night before the annual Smoke on the Water Festival. In
December, Music in the Streets is held the Friday night before the
Washington Holiday Flotilla, which is on the first Saturday in