Crowds come early to Friday Fest
SUN PHOTOS/TOM VAUGHT
The crowd came early and
stayed late to enjoy the weather and listen to the four
bands that played well into the night.
ANNA MARIA – Crowds were in the field at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard long before the work week ended last Friday, a sign that our seasonal visitors and tourists were ready to party, and party they did.
The Island Rockers started off the music with some old time rock and roll. As the aroma of the food vendors wafted through the field, some people broke their diets and started dinner a little early.
The arts and crafts vendors were also doing well. One popular item was marionette fluffy puppies that look like live animals walking. They attracted the attention of the kids who asked their parents to buy them one and many did.
This time there were two barbecue sellers, which made it difficult to concentrate on anything else. In addition to the Waterfront’s fish tacos, Peter Barreda served pineapple curry chicken tacos, which were also popular. The spiral potatoes from Cheryl’s Concessions were also a hot item, both literally and figuratively. Tyler’s Ice Cream from Cortez was also busy during the evening.
The Human Condition was the second musical act, offering acoustic, rock and progressive music that kept the audience tapping its toes. As the day wore on, more kids took to the portion of the field in front of the stage, and some people brought bubble machines. Soon the area was full of bubbles and children chasing them.
Toward dinnertime, the refreshments were flowing and the food vendors were dealing with long lines. SoulRcoaster took the stage playing a mixture of pop and rock with some blues and jazz. People danced in front of the bandstand. As the act wound down, the band played a high-energy version of the disco standard “I Will Survive” that got everyone on their feet at the end to dance and shout.
The final act of the night was Kettle of Fish, which continued the dance theme, as more people came to burn off the frustrations of the work week or just enjoy the beginning of another weekend.
This is the last Friday Music Festival for the season, and there will be more next fall and winter.