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Annual Stuart party takes to the streets

August 20, 2013

YellowBrix

What these streets must have seen!

For 26 years, the city of Stuart has celebrated the start of schooland the end of summer with an annual street party and musicfestival.

Dancin' in the Streets has been one of Stuart's signature events,so popular it's referred to by its first name, Dancin', like Cheror Beyonce.

Started in 1987 by a group of individuals and leaders who wanted torestore Stuart's historic downtown, the annual event is afundraiser downtown organizations that are making Stuartsuccessful: the Downtown Business Association of Stuart and StuartMain Street. Thondra Lanese, Main Street manager, said by workingtogether, they've kept the economy of Stuart strong.

Here are five reasons to go:

The music: With five stages of live entertainment, there'ssomething for everyone. From Laura Vivas from "The Voice" to BrookeEden of "American Idol" fame, powerhouse female vocalists will bein abundant supply.

The dancing: From disco dancing at the outdoor disco (one of themost popular additions) to salsa dancing on the Flagler AvenueStage, you'll be burning calories so many calories you can visitthe food trucks without any guilt at all.

The food: So far, 20 food trucks have confirmed, including manylocal favorites from the Monday night Food Truck Invasion inMemorial Park.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Through a partnership with the Lyric Theatre,this popular band dates back to the late '60s. Their 1968 eponymousalbum rotated on the turntables of thousands of baby boomers, andthe band's cov er of "You've Made Me So Very Happy" remains one oftheir signature songs. They'll perform two shows, at 4 and 7 p.m.Tickets, $45, include admission to Dancin' before or after theshow. "It's a fantastic deal and a nice break from the heat,"Lanese said.

Everyone's welcomed: Dancin' is promoted as a family event and ofthe 5,000 people who show up, many are families. Kids can enjoycarnival rides and activities or, like kids do, dance like no oneis watching. And you don't have to leave Fido home: Pets on leashesare welcomed, too. Want to come by boat? That's an option, too, anddocking is free at the city docks.

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IF YOU GO

Dancin' in the Streets

When: Noon to midnight Saturday

Where: Along Flagler Avenue and Osceola Street and along TheRiverwalk in downtown Stuart

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, free for age 12 andyounger with an adult, otherwise $15. Advance ticket locations: TheLyric Theatre, Seacoast National Bank, Terra Fermata, Kilwins, andStuart Coffee Company.

Info: www.stuart mainstreet.org; 772-286-2848

MUSIC LINE-UP

The Schumacher Music Stage at Haney Circle

Ben Prestage (Blues): 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Warren Silvers (Southern Rock): 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Nouveaux Honkies (Americana): 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Brooke Eden (Country): 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. plus an encore

The United Way Stage, on Flagler Avenue

La Nueva Herencia Orchestra (Latin): 2:30-4 p.m.

Won[not]derama (Pop Rock): 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Bachaco (Latin): 7-8:30 p.m.

Laura Vivas (Pop Rock): 9:15-10:45 p.m. plus an encore

The Crown Car Care Stage, aka The Riverwalk Stage

The Ohana Band (Reggae): 3:30-5 p.m.

Fresh Catch (Reggae): 5:45-7:15 p.m.

Artikal Sound System (Reggae): 8-9:30 p.m.

The Resolvers (Reggae): 10:15-11:45 p.m. plus an encore

The Lyric Theater, Flagler Avenue

Blood Sweat And Tears (Nostalgia): 4-5:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.

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