Get Ready for Heavy Rebel Weekender!!

heavy rebel car show

Heavy Rebel Weekender is an annual event, and it happens this weekend, July 4-6, 2014. While much of the activity takes place at the Millennium Center, Trade Street and Arts District denizens should know that Saturday, July 5th is the annual Car Show, a showcase of vintage cars and bikes.  This event is HUGE and it gets bigger every year. Businesses and visitors alike should take note of the street closing schedule. Finnigan’s Wake holds the permit for the street closings, which includes putting the barricades up and arranging off-duty police officers to provide security. The barricades will be in Continue reading

STELLAR NIGHT on Trade Streeet

Michael Bennett and the “B” String All Stars gave a stellar performance at what has become a much-anticipated annual appearance at the Downtown WS Partnership’s Summer Music on Trade event. Lots of beautiful people rocked out, danced, walked their dogs, imbibed various beverages of choice, shopped, and inhaled the refreshing breeze of picture-perfect weather.

And the Bands Play On….

Summer on Trade continues to draw awesome crowds every Saturday night.  Different band each week, different kind of crowd.  But always one thing in common:  People get up and dance.  West End Mambo, a well established local band that plays energetic Latin rhythms, packed the 6th & Trade dance “floor” this past Saturday with people doing all kinds of variations of Latin dance, salsa, rumba, samba, merengue, cha-cha, mambo-sambo-rambo, cha-cha-cha-choo-choo, tango-mango…… I was at my usual station, painting hats at a table in front of my shop (Willy Nilly) when a woman stopped and remarked that she’d never seen such Continue reading

Trade Street Rocks!

Temperature last Saturday topped 100 degrees. There were reports that a number of outdoor activities in town that had been cancelled due to the excessive heat. But on Trade Street, the show had to go on!! Martha Bassett and her band were real troupers, rewarding their stalwart fans with a stellar performance. I had been somewhat hot and bothered when I pulled up the Trade Street Tracker that afternoon, intending to add an update, only to find that the background photo had disappeared!! All there was in the background were a bunch of white minus signs against a black background. Continue reading

MUSIC, SWEET MUSIC

“There’ll be music, sweet music….for dancin’  in the streets!” It’s here!  Summer on Trade, an annual, summer-long, FREE event presented by the Downtown W-S Partnership, which happens on Saturday evenings, 7-10pm.The 500 and 600 blocks of Trade Street are blocked off, along with 6th Street on either side of Trade.  The stage and sound system are constructed in the intersection.  6th Street and adjacent areas of Trade Street that surround the stage are transformed into an amphitheater of sorts as people filter in and set up their chairs for an evening concert by some of the area’s finest musicians. And Continue reading