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Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla., Ginny Beagan column

August 18, 2014

By Ginny Beagan, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla.

Aug. 18--The tradition of live music, food, drinks and dancing remains unchanged for its 27th celebration, but Dancin' in the Streets has moved to Stuart'sMemorial Park this year and expanded to two days.

The annual summertime music festival will be from 5 p.m. to midnightAug. 22 and noon to midnightAug. 23.

Three stages will provide more than 18 hours of live music.

"We've got lots of shade, larger stages, better lighting and better sound," said Patty O'Connell, event promotions co-chairwoman.

The festival kicks off Friday night with reggae, including Ballyhoo!, a nationally touring punk, reggae band; and alternative hip-hop, reggae-rock artist Cisco Adler, former frontman of Whitestarr; and others.

Saturday features a country lineup on the main stage with Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Bryson Jennings, and Haley & Michaels, who's single "Just Another Love Song" is getting regular play on Country Music Television and Great American County networks.

Country artist Clare Dunn, whose single "Get Out" is climbing the country charts, canceled, citing personal reasons; however, Adam Sanders, who has shared the stage with Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell and The Cadillac Three, will take her place on the main stage.

Local favorites Ben Prestage, Moska Project and Fresh Catch also are on the schedule.

Prompted by last year's success, with $64,000 in gate revenue, organizers decided to add Friday night to the event and move the music festival to the Ocean Boulevard park.

In previous years, some downtown merchants closed early, while others extended their hours during the festival. Residents wanting to dine in downtown restaurants located within the gated festival area faced admission fees.

"To close the city down for a day and a half was not economically suitable," O'Donnell said.

Ocean Boulevard will remain open to traffic all weekend, and the Sailfish Shuttle will offer free service from all the downtown area parking lots to Memorial Park.

The annual music festival is the Downtown Business Association of Stuart and Stuart Main Street's largest fundraiser, helping to pay for the Rock'n Riverwalk music series, Christmas on Main Street, the Hobgoblin Parade and more.

Dancin' in the Streets

When: 5 p.m. to midnightAug. 22; and noon to midnightAug. 23

Where: Memorial Park, 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart

Tickets: $12 -- $100

Parking: Free parking at City Hall Parking Lot, Kiwanis Park, Sailfish Parking Lot and along S.E. Ocean Blvd. The free Sailfish Shuttle will be available throughout the event


Two-day tickets: $25 at the gate, $20 in advance

Single-day tickets: $16 at the gate, $12 in advance

VIP tickets: $100 at the gate, $80 in advance. A VIP ticket includes beer, wine, snacks, preferred seating/viewing and air conditioned rest rooms. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at the SeaCoast Branch at U.S. 1 and Colorado Avenue.

Advance tickets can be purchased at any Seacoast Bank in Martin, Indian River, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties or online at Varying service fees apply to the online purchase.

Advance sales end Aug. 21.


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