By Julie Wiessner
The 15th annual Standin’ On The Corner Festival, an event that brings together great music and visitors from across the state to pay homage to the song that put Winslow on the map, opens at 5 o’clock this afternoon (Sept. 27) and continues through Saturday night.
The event takes it’s name from the song Take It Easy, written by Jackson Browne and Glen Frey, and made famous by the band the Eagles, beckoning everyone to feel the freedom of the road while standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. That corner is on Second Street and Kinsley Avenue, and every year people from across the globe take their place next to the statue of a free-spirited guitarist as he keeps an eye out for that girl in a flatbed Ford.
The weekend kicks off tonight at the Eagle Pavilion at Second Street and Campbell Avenue with the legendary Tommy Dukes Band taking the stage to perform their signature rhythm and blues, followed by The Plateros, another renowned blues band at 8 p.m. After they perform, Johnny Johnson and The Loose Change Band will take the stage playing country and rock n’ roll from 10 p.m. until midnight.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, runners will compete in the Standin’ On The Corner Races. The event includes 10K and two-mile runs, and a free kids’ fun run at 9 a.m. The early entry fee for the 10K and two mile runs is $25, while entry on race day is $35. To sign up for the event, visit active.com and enter Standin’ On The Corner in the search box.
The entertainment that day begins again at 9 a.m. with the Winslow Stars dance group showcasing their talents, followed by the Northland Pioneer College Mexican Ballet Folklorico at 10 a.m. and the folk music of My Father’s Sister with Janice Deardorf at 11 a.m.
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., then from 6 to 8 p.m., Brenda and Mary Alice Hayes will perform gospel music with their group Sounds of Faith.
At 8 o’clock the evening heats up with a performance by Desperado, a premier Eagles tribute band, followed by Northern Latino Express, who will entertain festival goers from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
In addition to great entertainment, there will also be a kids’ play area, food and craft vendors, and a beer garden. Entry fee to the event is just $2 per person, which will be used to cover the cost of completing the new stage and to save for a permanent sound system.
Photos courtesy of Tom McCauley
By Julie Wiessner