You know it’s going to be one seriously hot party when it involves live jazz, funk, Latin, reggae and Celtic music, plus drive-in style showings of ‘80s classics “Tron” and “Roxanne.”
Add in a beer garden, rows of food and crafts vendors, and you’ve the makings for the sixth annual South Perry Street Fair along the South Perry Street corridor near East Ninth Avenue.
The weekend festivities kick off tonight with bands
Jazz Attack and
Green Light District, starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Shop, 924 S. Perry St.
Green Light District keeps it simple but funky with a four-piece horn section and a full rhythm section in the tradition of James Brown. The mostly instrumental band recently added a female vocalist who will lend her pipes to original tunes and covers such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “It’s Your Thing” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”
Consider Green Light District a pre-funk for The Shop’s viewing of the cult movie favorite “Roxanne,” which will be splashed on the wall of the neighboring Altamont Pharmacy near dusk. (All the bands at The Shop this weekend will perform on an outdoor stage near the movie “screen.”)
“Roxanne” leads the summer outdoor movie series at The Shop. If you’re planning on attending, be sure to bring a chair, preferably low-back. Also, ice cream, popcorn, coffee and more will be sold during the movies.
The Street Fair picks up on Saturday with staggered live music at The Shop and in Grant Park. The park also will be filled with crafts vendors and activities for kids.
Jazz drummer Dan Cox sets it off at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Shop with his band,
The 7th Dimension, followed by acoustic new-age duo
Sidhe at noon, alt-band
For Years Blue at 2 p.m., rock band
The Shirkers at 4 p.m., classic rockers
Train Wreck at 6 p.m. and Latin dance powerhouse
Milonga brings the sun down before the showing of “Tron.”
Bands in the park include acoustic soloist
Logan Heftel at 11 a.m. and singer-songwriter
Annie O’Neill at 3 p.m. O’Neill plays her original songs backed by her new band.
On Sunday the street fair turns truly eclectic beginning with an hour-long multi-denominational church service at Grant Park at 9 a.m., including a performance by the choir from
This is the first year the Perry Street Fair has included a church service, and this one involves several neighborhood churches.
“It’s very cool because the street fair has always been community- oriented and all-volunteer run, so having churches makes sense. It’s something you might have found back in the day, but it’s something we haven’t done before,” said Mark Camp, part-owner of The Shop.
After the church service, music starts at the park with singer- songwriter
Buffalo Jones at 11 a.m. and Heidi Jantz at 1 p.m.
Between Jones and Jantz, the community parade jumps off at noon featuring everything from tricycles to classic cars. Anyone can participate.
Over at The Shop catch singer- songwriter
Caleb Roloff at 10:30 a.m., and a post-parade show by instrumental mind-rock trio
Weight at 12:30 p.m., rock-reggae band
Radio Arms at 2 p.m., and world-ready
Celtic Nots closes out the fair at 4 p.m.
If the street fair continues to grow in entertainment, soon they’ll have to add another neighborhood to the mix, but not many neighborhoods in town can match what South Perry has to offer in diversity and heart.