I was standing on a noisy corner
Waiting for the walking green
Across the street he stood
And he played real good
On his clarinet, for free.
Saturday afternoons from three til six o’clock in April, May and June all of downtown Decatur and Oakhurst’s Harmony Park become performance space. The City of Decatur will sponsor Sidewalk Saturdays, a street-side celebration of the arts. The pop-up art program will redefine your idea of diversity. Comedy, lots of music, dance, spoken word, acrobatics, chalk, and more.
Here are just a few of the performances scheduled for April which grabbed my attention.
- Elizabeth Dulemba: a noted children’s book illustrator, Elizabeth will turn her talents to sidewalk chalk art. She will mix serious illustration with interactive illustration where kids can pose in the art for fun pictures.
- Larkin Taylor-Parker: plays an incredible variety of songs on her tuba
- Lew Lefton and Joel Byars: will assemble an entourage of local comedic talent
- Luis Stefanell: a conga drummer and singer whose repertoire includes cha-cha mambo, samba and afro-cuban funk
- Troy Cono: singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist
- Os Ossos: Brazilian Jazz
- Velero Flamenco. Flamenco! I love flamenco!
The title of this post, Real Good for Free, is a little misleading. I was thinking about public performances and remembered the Joni Mitchell Song. These performances are free to us (yay!) but are paid performances for the artists, thanks to grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Georgia Council of the Arts, and the support of Decatur Downtown Development, the Decatur Tourism Bureau, and of course, the Decatur Arts Alliance.
See you Saturday!