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Mainsail Art Festival Announces 2017 Performing Arts Schedule, April 22-23

St. Petersburg, FL (March 31, 2017) – The 42nd Annual Mainsail Art Festival converges on St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. The two-day visual art show also presents the following entertainment lineup with sounds of Reggae, funky Bohemian style, soulful blues, funk/Gospel/jazz, Rhythm and Blues, rousing marching music and more:

Saturday, April 22

12 Noon      Jah Movement Reggae Band  
Hear the glorifying sounds of Winners of Creative Loafing’s 2016 ‘Best Local Reggae Band.’ You never know what popular songs they will pull out of the box at each show!

1:30 p.m.   Shevonne  
You have to see Shevonne, (call her Shevizzle,) and listen to the funky Bohemian style of her original music. Think incredible and vast imagination.

3 p.m.        Mad Dogs – The Joe Cocker Experience  
It's all there. The soulful blues voice of Joe Cocker gives this tribute band the rhythms and grooves they project.

4:30           Souliz  
These winners of the 2016 Suncoast Blues Challenge are equally at home with soul, funk, gospel and a taste of jazz. A lot of energy is going on here!

Sunday, April 23

11:30 a.m.  Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band  
Marching is what they do, and will do it for you. The largest permanent adult marching band in the world will march on stage with rousing marching music, just like half-time.

1 p.m.        Flow Sisters  
An incredible eclectic mélange of musicians who have come together to create a melting pot of funk, soul, R’n’B and psychedelic fusion. Harmonies that enlighten your mind and heal your soul.

2:15 p.m.   Mitch Lind & The Lagerheads  
Home grown, salty and rough, this gang pulls to the left of the bluegrass center. Original tunes with a splash of traditional, it’s a mixture of fun, stories and great instrumentals. (Keep a safe distance from the band, though – they'll steal your food.)

3:45 p.m.   Damon Fowler  
An expressive songwriter, singer and instrumentalist, preaching an otherworldly, Americana-themed gospel from a six-stringed pulpit. He is a roots guitar guru in the making.

Enjoy strolling entertainment throughout Vinoy Park:
Featuring Barnaby The Magician and George Aldrich The Minstrel on Saturday.  
On Sunday, Deanna The Mine joins Barnaby and George.  

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
One of the 100 Best fine art shows in the nation, Mainsail attracts over 260 exhibiting artists from all over the nation, offering their art on sale or available for commission in categories including ceramics, fibers, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

The two-day event combines visual and performing arts along with a Young at ARt student show and the Junior League’s Kids Create art activity tent. There will be an assortment of culinary arts as well as Mainsail souvenirs. Admission is free.

Now in its 42nd year, the Mainsail Art Festival began in 1976 when the city’s Bicentennial Committee, the St. Petersburg Recreation Department and the new Saint Petersburg Arts Commission joined forces to sponsor the “First Annual Saint Petersburg Sidewalk Arts and Colonial Crafts Festival.” 

More INFO, visit www.mainsailart.org.

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