Updated 6 p.m.: Because of the inclement weather, the Main Street Stage and all vendors are being moved into the parking structure located across from the Electric Theater on Tabernacle Street. The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden is moving to inside of the Ancestor Tower building, located by the Painted Pony and George’s Corner on 2 West St. George Blvd. All events will continue as planned and on schedule.
ST. GEORGE – Downtown St. George will be awash in red, white and blue tonight when George Streetfest gets an early start on wishing America happy birthday. With a theme of “All-American George,” the monthly nightlife event will offer a full complement of patriotic, family-friendly entertainment.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the Main Street Stage will feature local favorite Lyndy Butler. A young mother of four, Butler returns for the first time since her debut appearance on the main stage last September. Deftly blending folk, pop, country and indie-rock influences, Butler has created a unique sound that’s wowed audiences throughout the Southwest.
Currently at work on a new album – for which she raised more than $10,000 via Kickstarter to cover production costs – Butler will perform her latest hit, “Stubborn,” which confirms her commitment to fighting for what she believes in, no matter what the cost.
The lineup in the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden, located in the courtyard beneath the clock tower in beautiful Ancestor Square, kicks off with the Jambalaya Jazz Combo, a street band that playssongs made famous by New Orleans jazz greats and more.
The Jambalaya Jazz Combo will be followed by one of Southern Utah’s favorite All-American musical groups, Whiskey Tooth Revival. Known for their exuberant, original blues/rock style, Whiskey Tooth will perform from 9-11 p.m.
The Jazz Garden’s house band will enliven the early evening hours with a New Orleans Jazz set, including guest musicians from Las Vegas.
While enjoying the sophisticated sounds in the Jazz Garden, those 21 and over can sample boutique wines created by Cedar City’s Iron Gate Winery, along with craft brews from Zion Brewing Company, Moab Brewery and new sponsor Wasatch Brewery.
In addition to special tapas prepared by downtown restaurants, several “All-American Wines” – a 2014 Mirassou pinot noir, a 2014 Beringer Founders Estate chardonnay and a 2015 Charles & Charles rosé – selected by the St. George Wine Club will be available in the Jazz Garden.
“Squatters and Wasatch beers are delighted to sponsor Streetfest this year,” Judy Cullen, marketing director at Wasatch Brewery/Squatters said. “We love being community supporters, and sponsoring an event located in St George is not only a great way to show off our award-winning craft brews to our friends in Southern Utah but is also a wonderful way for us start celebrating Wasatch Beers’ 30th anniversary in 2016!”
“We’re incredibly excited that Wasatch Brewery has come on board as a sponsor of the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden,” Melynda Thorpe, George Streetfest founder and executive producer said. “With the warm summer nights ahead of us for the next couple of months, it’s a perfect time to enjoy the terrific beers created by Utah’s very first microbrewery, Wasatch Brewery.”
To keep attendees cool throughout the evening, George Streetfest will offer vendors selling snow cones and lots of iced beverages, as well as misters and cold lemonade at the Jazz Garden.
Teens and youths can once again dance under the stars this month, with the return of the DJ Spinz Dance Party on Tabernacle Street from 6-10 p.m. Add in the usual complement of street market vendors, buskers, the food truck village, free photo booth, a farmer’s market and more, and there’s sure to be something for every member of the family to enjoy at “All-American George.”
“One of the beauties of this event is to see families and children of all ages enjoying nightlife at Historic Downtown,” Thorpe said. “George is designed to offer fun for everyone, and we are thrilled to see so many families coming out and returning every month.”
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 is presented by Emceesquare Media in Historic Downtown St. George, and is sponsored in 2016 by the City of St. George, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, St. George News, Etched Magazine, Canyon Media, The Independent, Wingate by Windham Hotel, TDS Telecom, The Desert Pulse, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Iron Gate Winery and Wasatch Brewery.
For more information or to become a vendor, visit the George Streetfest website, 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.
- What: “All-American George” George Streetfest
- When: Friday, 6-11 p.m. with the Desert Pulse Jazz Garden open until midnight
- Where: Historic Downtown St. George
- George Streetfest | website