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Street Fest to offer fun-filled Saturday

By Staff | Jun 27, 2016

Street Fest returns to Shephedstown Saturday promising a full day activities, concerts, food and fun. The event, presented by a core group of dedicated volunteers, is presented at no cost to attendees.

Beginning at 10 a.m. festival-goers may visit vendors of all sorts to purchase special items for gifts or for themselves. Many of the juried artisans are local crafters. Shepherdstown Street Fest is presented by title Sponsor Morgan Academy and Online Media Marketing Sponsor Go Blue Ridge Travel, as well as many additional sponsors.

In addition to the vendor booths, there are many food vendors offering tasty treats throughout the day. And entertainment abounds as music begins at noon with Chamomile & Whiskey and continues throughout the day on stages located on King Street behind the library and on German Street. The King Street stage is located within the popular beer garden.

The Main Stage hosts touring national acts while the smaller, more intimate Library Stage showcases promising local and regional entertainers. The 2016 Main Stage festival acts are as follows:

Performing at noon, Chamomile and Whiskey is intoxicating. The hot young group has taken whiskey soaked americana and blended it perfectly with irish, old-time, and gypsy styling’s. Since releasing their debut full-length album “Wandering Boots” (released by County Wide Records) they have been tearing up and down the east coast playing powerful original songs with a punk rock ferocity.

Reckless Island performing 1:45 p.m., is a reggae/rock band from Richmond, Virginia. Though very new to the RVA scene, the Reckless Island band members have almost 10 years experience playing together.

The Plate Scrapers perform at 3:30 p.m. As classic as cast iron, as space-age as a flying car–The Plate Scrapers are serving up their own flavor of bluegrass by way of a winding wormhole through folk, jazz, and heavy metal dimensions. So grab yourself a thick slice of nostalgia, slap on a side of mind-bending originality and top it off with some piping-hot pickin’, and let this hungry bunch “take you out of this atmosphere.”

Holy Ghost Tent Revival takes the stage at 5:15 p.m. Their exhilarating live show has uplifted audiences since the band formed in 2007. For the past eight years, they have been honing their unique sound, which NPR describes as that of a “soul rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass band jazz.”

The Christian Lopez Band returns this year and performs at 7:10 p.m. A native of Martinsburg, Lopez began writing songs when he was in his teens and was touring before he was old enough to drive. Music and performances from Christian Lopez Band have been featured in television and online ad campaigns for Belk’s and West Virginia state tourism. Exclusive sponsor: is Bubba, Willie, & Ann Bloom.

For details on all the day’s activities, a listing of vendors, information on Kids Camp, a map of the festival venue, volunteer information, and parking, visit the above the event website or Facebook page.

King Street, from German Street to High Street, will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24, to midnight on Saturday, June 25. German Street, from Princess Street to Church Street, and King Street, from German Street to New Street, will be closed on Saturday, June 25, from 6 a.m.10 p.m.

The event raises funds for charitable causes and has selected the Shepherdstown Day Care Center and (CASA-EP) Court Appointed Advocates of the Eastern Panhandle as this year’s recipients.