By Julie Wiessner
The 15th annual Standin’ On The Corner Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at Eagle Pavilion, located behind the Old Hubbell building at 523 W. Second St.
All games, kids’ rides and vendors will open at 10 a.m. There will be a $2 admission fee per person, per day. This will help to raise funds to cover the cost of finishing the new stage and begin saving money for a permanent sound system.
According to Standin’ On The Corner Foundation board member Stephanie Lugo, “Once the stage and sound system are completed, if individual families want to hold a big reunion and need a large area, they can contact us and make arrangements, or concerts can be set up for the people. We are not just going to use the area for a once a year event.”
Besides live music and dance performances, there will be a kids’ play area, food and craft vendors, and a beer garden.
The Tommy Dukes Blues Band will open at 5 p.m. and play until 8 p.m. The Plateros, an original blues rock band, which performed on the Letterman Show, will begin their music at 8 p.m. and continue through 10 p.m., at which time Johnny Johnson and The Loose Change Band will play their style of Country and Western Music. Yes, this is the same Johnny Johnson who fishes on Fox Sports.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, entertainment begins at 9 a.m. with members of The Winslow Stars dance group showcasing their talents while Tom McCauley emcees. At 10 a.m., Northland Pioneer College’s Mexican Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional dancing, and at 11 a.m., the folk music of My Father’s Sister with Janice Deardorf will be heard from the stage.
From 12 noon to 2 p.m. listen to the music of DJ Mijo while he spins old school rhythm and blues until Steven Padilla shows up at 2 p.m. to play his original country music style until 4 p.m.
The Standin’ On The Corner Auction will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., Brenda and Mary Alice Hayes perform Gospel music with their group Sounds of Faith, then Desperado, a premier Eagles tribute band, takes the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.
The last performers of the evening will be Northern Latino Express, who will entertain festival goers from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
For more information, contact Lugo at (928) 853-1853.
By Julie Wiessner