Larks to take the stage for 1st Saturday this weekend

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Get jazzed up about Salisbury’s Downtown this weekend when The Larks take the 1st Saturday stage.

Sponsored by Park & Flea, 1st Saturday’s May event will feature what’s been dubbed “the area’s best jazz band” by Metropolitan Magazine, among other accolades.

“The Larks was one of three bands who generously donated their time to our Launch Party fundraiser,” said Sarah Rayne, co-chair of the 1st Saturday Committee. “They are just plain fun. Bring your dancing shoes because it’s incredibly difficult to sit still while these guys are rocking out.”

The Larks bring an unparalleled funky jazz sound that’s more than a decade in the making. Offering eclectic music for the masses, The Larks was founded by guitarist Pete Bozick, a heavy hitter in the local music scene who is versatile and incredibly skilled in his craft. Learn more at larksjazz.com.

Taking the stage at 5:30 p.m. during intermission is Kostana Raqs, a professional dancer who has been performing Turkish Oriental and Romani dance, as well as Egyptian Raqs al Sharqi (belly dance) for 15 years. She currently teaches at Dancenter Salisbury. Learn more at kostanaraqs.com.

“We will be featuring local dancers and other performing artists during our intermissions for the remainder of the season,” Rayne said. “Anyone interested in performing during this time should email me at 1stsaturdaysby@gmail.com.”

Be sure to browse the 1st Saturday Arts Market, take your kids to the Ace Hardware bouncy castle, or stay hydrated with free water compliments of Bloosurf. Bring a canned food item to benefit the Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore and receive an exclusive, waterproof 1st Saturday sticker.

Also making appearances during 1st Saturday are the Salisbury Zoo, the Delmarva Discovery Center, The Salisbury Independent’s mascot Newshound, and more!

Ride your bike to the event and leave it in the capable hands of the Bike-SBY team, who will provide a free bicycle valet.

When 1st Saturday ends, stay Downtown! Browse the shops and have dinner or grab a drink at one of the locally owned and operated restaurants, or check out other music events happening that night!

North Division Street between Main and Church streets will be closed to traffic between 2 and 8 p.m. The area will still be accessible to pedestrians. Plenty of free parking will be available in the parking garage and in Parking Lot 1 in between the library and WMDT.

The Park & Flea Market is open year round in Salisbury’s Downtown, on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and on Sundays at 9 a.m. All are welcome to buy, sell, and trade. Large spaces are available on Saturdays for $10 and on Sundays for $5. The farmer’s market is open on Saturdays between May and December from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit parkandflea.com.

1st Saturday will provide a free, family-friendly experience for locals while also promoting local business, tourism growth, and community involvement through music and celebration. The event is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative, and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee.

1st Saturday’s 2015 media sponsors are 47WMDT and the Salisbury Independent.

Gold Title Sponsorships are still available for the 2015 season. The sponsorships are only $1,000 and include signage on the stage, a table beside the stage, inclusion in all advertising, and recognition at the event.

There are also silver and bronze sponsorships available. For more information, visit 1stsaturdaysby.com.

 

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