Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plenty of Music on Tap for Dancin' in the Street Festival

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plenty of Music on Tap for Dancin' in the Street Festival

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Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN

Live music continues to be the cornerstone of Dancin' in the Street, the annual community festival in the Beaches Town Center where the communities of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet at the beach end of Atlantic Boulevard. This year's festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"We have a great lineup of music this year, and it is going to be a lot of fun," said organizer and Shorelines gift shop owner Patsy Bishop. "Our headliner this year is an '80s glam rock tribute band, which is something new for us. It should be really good."

The headliner, Whyte Python, is a four-piece glam metal band scheduled to play at 8:15 p.m. on the Ocean Stage, which will be at the foot of Atlantic Boulevard, by the beach access to the ocean. The band is a self-proclaimed "better version of Twisted Sister," according to its MySpace page. Whyte Python likes to create the illusion of a big '80s show when they perform, and it plays some of the era's best rock music. Their song list includes selections made famous by VanHalen, Poison, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Journey and Twisted Sister. The band members also approach the project as more than just some guys dressed up as an '80s band, although they look and dress the part for shows, wearing big hair and lots of spandex.

For Bishop, it's important to keep the Dancin' in the Street music lineup fresh and interesting. While the band lineup changes every year, the festival always showcases some of the area's best talent. Live music will be featured through the day on two stages and offer something for everyone.

Music on the Ocean Stage will begin at noon with Bay Street, The Fritz, the Retro Kats, Fourplay, Natural Madness, Saltwater Grass, Amy & the Prime Directives and Lucky Stiff before Whyte Python performs.

A second stage will be near First and Orange streets in Neptune Beach near the art show area. Music on the Orange Street stage starts at 11:30 a.m. Not Unheard will open up on the second stage followed by Ignorance in the Making, It Doesn't Matter, The Great State, General Southern Southern Rock, Dirty Shame, and rockers Blistur close out the Orange Street stage. …

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