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Take to the street Saturday, August 11th in downtown Turners Falls from 3 - 10 pm! The Avenue will be closed for food, music, dancing and other wonders of the post industrial world.

Parade + Music!

The procession starts at 3 pm at the Food City parking lot and meanders down the Avenue ending through the Shea Theater Arch in the parking lot next the Northeast Foundation for Children’’s conference center. Come dressed in your craziest get up or pull a non motorized float. Bring an instrument or noise maker and strut your stuff. For details, email Sharon Cottrell at

The corner of Fourth Street + Avenue A will be transformed with a huge stage courtesy of Northfire Recording Studio on which some of the Valley’’s best bands will perform with sound engineering by Art Steele.

Unit7 with Kim Zombik and Trailer Park Horns

Boasting members of veteran Pioneer Valley bands Stash, Trailer Park, The Equalites, Who’’s Kidding Who, and Bombastics, they’’ll jazz you up and funk you over. They’’re all dressed up and ready to roll. They sing in the rain, cry at the sun, and howl at the moon. Unit7 is silk and never flannel. Shaken but never stirred. Unit7 is a lost weekend in Vegas, a night in Tunisia, and a day at the races. Alert the press. Call the Grammys. Prepare to feel the love.

Eric Olsson - Vocals and Guitar
Kim Zombik - Vocals
Joe ’’Jopey’’ Fitzpatrick - Drums
Peter Jones - Keys and Percussion
Donny Hayward - Bass
Gregory Lauzon, Richard Page, and Tom Mahnken - Saxophones
Dave Meausky - Percussion

The Alchemystics

Intricate wordplay, soul searching roots, undeniably memorable hooks, a diverse group of individuals , old school vocal harmonies, intense passion, and diverse creative talent are but a few of the elements which combine to form the unmistakable sound of the Alchemystics. A unique blend of roots music, effortlessly combining reggae, hip-hop, soul, dub, and dancehall styles. Their performances are well polished, intoxicating, celebrations of rhythm & song crossing boundaries and welcoming all into the experience.

Jay Metcalf - Keyboards
Garrett Sawyer - Bass, engineer, producer
Demse Zullo - Drums, percussion, engineer, producer,
Ras Jahn - vocals
Ian - I - vocals , guitar
Souljah T - vocals
Force - Vocals

Jen Tobey Band

Montague’’s own and one of the Pioneer Valley’’s most recognized up-and-coming singer/songwriters. Winner of this year’’s WRSI 2007 singer/songwriter contest, Valley Idol finalist and Valley Advocate’’s "Best Songwriter" in 2004, her energetic live shows have been rocking stages all over the Northeast.

Rounding out the music:
MC Kip Dresser : Montague’’s leader of Curly Fingers Dupree band, guitar slinger and Guru of Good times. Our gracious host will be going acoustic between bands and playing with Jen Tobey.

Lower Case g’’s: This crew fuses hip-hop and pop-rock with a twisted blend of vocal harmonies, horns and atmospheric layers.

Conduit: An amazing combination of raw rock, blazing guitar and insightful lyrics, this band is the Valley’’s up-and-coming jam/rock/fusion outfit.

Rust Knuckle Raptor: Avenue A Street Band


Food on the street:

BBQ burgers, hotdogs and hand cut fries from the Turners Falls Fire Department

Panini’’s and fancy drinks from the up and coming Rendezvous

Pizza slices from Turners Falls Pizza House

Carnival food from Hillcrest and Montague Center PTOs

Drinks and desserts from Christina Sheppard and Anne Harding

Delectable baked confections from Patty Cake Patty Cake

Ice Cream on Ristorante Di Paolo’’s new patio

Take a break from the heat and duck into:

Avenue A Café (formerly Cup O Joe) - coffee, and delicious sandwiches
Jake’’s Tavern - drinks and great lunch and dinner specials. Great outdoor patio!
Shady Glen - classic diner fare
Jay K’’s - free V-1 Vodka tasting from 4-6 pm and a beer tasting from 6-8 pm
Ristorante DiPaolo - exquisite Caribbean infused Italian cuisine starting at 5 pm
2nd Street Sports Bar -killer drink specials and post Block Party dance party!
Subway sandwich shop
Chinatown Restaurant
All located on Avenue A!

...and more

Also check out puppeteer Madison Cripps performing with totally wonderful and whacky marionettes of his own design and making, a performance by the Ja Duke Dancers, cool off in the open fire hydrant on the Ave + 4th, meet Kira the K9, stress relief with Karen Adams, record some sound clips about Turners with Monte at the WRSI live broadcast booth, appear on MCTV’s party footage, cover the Avenue with chalk graffiti, get your face painted by Corrie Garnet and more.

Take a breather with a stroll along the riverside bike path, check out Ron Rosenstock’s breathtaking landscapes at Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, buy some local art from Seth and Eva, grab a historic walking tour booklet from the RiverCulture table and uncover the town’s gems, take in the 4 new public art pieces…

RiverCulture Sponsors

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Town of Montague
Western Massachusetts Electric Company
Hillside Plastics
Greenfield Savings Bank
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Posted by RiverCulture - August 08, 2007