ST. GEORGE — 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.
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.
From 6-8 p.m. at the Ancestor Square Courtyard and Clock Tower, the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden welcomes Southern Utah’s own Alice “Honey Bea” Ericksen.
Revered for her powerhouse rhythm and blues, soul, funk and blues vocals with Soul What?!, Ericksen — a seasoned songstress who has opened for such notables as Manhattan Transfer and Firehouse — said she will shift gears to deliver a full menu of fiery, sultry jazz with the Jazz Garden house band.
Ericksen’s 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, Nevada, and throughout the Beehive State, Wirelefant has earned a loyal following of fans locally and regionally.
With warmer temperatures, the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden remains open until midnight, with those 21-and-over 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.
Nonalcoholic 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.
Other entertainment options abound during the April edition of George Streetfest, including the “Arts to Zion Showcase” at the new Gallery 35, located at 35 N. Main Street, where plein air artist Ron Larson and other artisans will be painting in the foyer. Also, the St. George Arts Commission will be hosting the eighth annual “Sweetheart Swing” dance at the nearby Dixie Academy, 86 S. Main Street.
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.”
About George Streetfest
“George, Streetfest on Main” is a nightlife event designed to celebrate the best of Southern Utah. On the first Friday of every month, participants enjoy a free signature street concert; buskers; goods sold by local artists; farmers market wares; the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden featuring live jazz, rock and blues artists; and the Robert J. Debry Food Truck Village.
The event, presented by Historic Downtown St. George and Emceesquare Media, is sponsored 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
George Streetfest organizers are now accepting applications for street market vendors, buskers, food vendors, and farmer’s market vendors. For more information, visit the “George Streetfest on Main” website or send an email.
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- What: “George Streetfest on Main”
- When: Friday, April 1, 6-11 p.m. with the jazz garden open until midnight
- Where: Downtown Historic District, St. George