FILE PHOTO The crowds gather at a main stage performance during Washington’s Music in the Streets last year.
The crowds gather at a main stage performance during Washington’s Music in the Streets last year.

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Music takes to the streets

Published 7:29pm Thursday, June 20, 2013


“You can’t beat the beauty of the waterfront area, great food, great people and awesome music … I mean really, what more can you ask for on a summer Friday night?”

Fans of singer/songwriter Erin Lewis might recognize the words since they were posted by the artist on her website this week about tonight’s performance. Lewis is one of seven acts expected at tonight’s monthly mini-music festival in downtown Washington, Music in the Streets.

In its 11th year, Music in the Streets draws a crowd to Main and Market streets, along which the bands play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A stage, set up the intersection of Main and Respess, hosts experienced acts, often those who’ve gathered a following from previous Music in the Streets, according to Beth Byrd, executive director of the Washington Harbor District Alliance and one of the organizers of the event.

Another organizer is LaVon Drake, who tracks down talent for the free street festival. Tonight Drake has enlisted Capitol G to take the main stage. The four-piece, eastern North Carolina band bills itself as a “musical evolution” of original songs pieced together with hit songs of the 1980s, ‘90s and today, according to the band’s website.

Other acts include Bourbon Rebellion, an acoustic-duo songwriting duo; Caroline Dare, a 12-year-old singer/songwriter from Greenville; coffee-house blues, rock and folk artists John Benson and Ed Tilley; the bluegrass strains of Old Grey Suits; and the harmonies of St. John Church of Christ’s male chorus.

Down East Rods and Classics vehicles spanning the automotive age will also be on display.




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