RFWJ Staff Report
A portion of Market Street in Willits will close Friday evening for a block party where food, drink and dancing in the streets will be de rigueur.
Featured beginning at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 is the band Davina and the Vagabonds, according to Ryan Honey, executive director of The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW).
“We’re going to have some food and the restaurants are offering some specials, but the band is the focus,” Honey said. “It’s a chance for the community to come out and celebrate.”
This is the second street party of the summer – a reggae band on July 12 brought out hordes of people dancing on Market Street. That event was produced in concert with the Basalt Chamber for its summer series that has alternated between Willits and Lions Park. Friday’s party is coordinated with Willits Town Center’s management.
“We’ve had such success with the free concert series we talked with Tim (Belinski, president of IND Ventures) about keeping these going,” Honey said.
According to publicity materials, Davina and the Vagabonds “have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage.”
Attendees are welcome to “Bring a chair or a picnic… or grab a table at one of the restaurants and enjoy the sounds of summer.”
As evidence that you “can’t stop the music,” TACAW will sponsor another street soiree on Aug. 23 featuring a honky tonk band, and several shows in September to boot. Due to public funding from the arts commission, a Pumpkin Jazz event is being organized for Oct. 5.