RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: MITS organizers counting on no rain FridayPublished 8:27pm Wednesday, August 14, 2013
In the midst of a rainy Music in the Streets season, organizers are holding out hope that Friday night will be called all clear for the acts lined up for Washington’s outdoor mini-music festival.
The performers scheduled are Squire Red and the Blues Band, Caroline Dare, St. James & friends, Evan Kountouris, The Born Again Trio Daniel Hurley, Pete Bright & Co. and Rebekah Todd.
Squire Red and the Blues Band will take the main stage at the corner of Main and Respess streets, and with them, you never know who might be coming to help play a few sets, according to LaVon Drake, one of the MITS organizers. Drake describes them as essentially a popular “pickup” band from Durham — many great players will sit in with blues guitarist and vocalist Squire Red at any given performance.
Another name and sound that may be familiar is Rebekah Todd and her repertoire of country, Americana and original tunes that garnered her a first-place finish in the Country category at the Carolina Music Awards, held July 6 at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Evan Kountouris, a Duke University student, will make a stop in Washington to play MITS on his way back to school from his native London.
“He should be an interesting addition — he’s our first international act,” Drake laughed.
According to Drake, the talent in this group is not lacking — it’s the weather forecast that may be suspect.
“Pray for no rain,” Drake said. “It’s been a tough season.”
MITS has been plagued with rain and the looming threat of rain for many of this year’s performances.
In April, hours before the first MITS of the year was to begin, Drake and Beth Byrd, executive director of the MITS host organization Washington Harbor District Alliance, scrambled last minute to find indoor spaces for musicians when the forecast got dreary. Downtown restaurants Grub Brothers, On the Waterfront and Zaitona took in the acoustic acts billed to perform, which worked out well for both the musicians and the restaurant owners, according to Byrd.
Fast forward to June, and musicians were poised to play when the storm came rolling through.
“The rain delay lasted about 45 minutes, an hour,” Drake said. “But they actually set back up again and started playing. These people sure do have big hearts that they would do that.”
In addition to musical acts, Community Home Care and Hospice will offer free blood pressure testing; domestic violence shelter Ruth’s House will be selling antiques and collectibles from 140 W. Main Street, wish-granting nonprofit Angel N Camo will sell raffle tickets and REAL Crisis will host Jeopardy-like games for kids, with candy going to the winners.
And as for the rain?
“We’ll see,” Drake said. “That’s all I can say: we’ll see.”
Music in the Streets takes place on Main and Market streets in Washington, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the third Friday of each month, April to October.