A Beatles tribute band and a night of international music will be among the entertainment offerings at this year’s Art-A-Licious festival, which will take place Sept. 20-21.
“We’re going to have an outstanding mix of many kinds of music,” said John Valenti, a member of the Art-A-Licious planning committee.
Events on the Maumee Street Stage, which is sponsored by Vision Performance Group, will kick off at 4:45 p.m. Friday with the closing rally for Lenawee United Way’s Day of Action, a county-wide day of volunteer activities.
Friday night will be International Night, featuring three bands and a variety of styles. Equally diverse will be the food offerings that night, which will include dishes from around the world served by Adrian-area restaurants.
Uprizin, a Caribbean steel drum band led by Trinidadian-born virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. They will be followed by The Diggers, a Detroit-based trio playing Irish and Scottish folk music, at 6:40 p.m.
The final act of Friday night will be Los Hermanos Villegas, an Adrian-based Tejano band, starting at 8 p.m.
Entertainment on the Maumee Street Stage will run all day Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with performances by student ensembles from Adrian High School. Rhythm Dance Crew of Saline will perform at 11:15 a.m. to finish out the morning.
Country singer Genevieve Rose, winner of the 2013 WQTE Texaco Country Showdown, will take the stage at noon.
At 1 p.m., the focus will turn from country to classic rock, with a two-hour concert by Toppermost, a Beatles tribute band. Toppermost co-founder Tom Diab of Dexter, who plays Paul McCartney, said that even though it’s been more than 40 years since the Fab Four performed together, their music remains so popular that Toppermost has been booked solid.
“So many people like the Beatles that it has given us more work than we can handle,” Diab said. “In fact, we had to turn down a dozen requests this season because our schedule is so packed.”
The Tecumseh Fiddlers, an ensemble led by Tecumseh Public Schools orchestra director Amy Marr, will play at 3:15 p.m.
The late afternoon will bring something for lovers of musical theater as Michael and Betsy Lackey perform a selection of show tunes and pop hits.
The Whatabouts, an all-female band covering the hits of the 1960s, will play from 5 to 6 p.m., and the Dan Kesterke Band, covering a variety of rock and pop hits, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and close out the evening.
Strolling musicians and other performers will also be featured throughout the festival. These will include several of the Maumee Street Stage performers, plus the band Ear Candy, barbershop quartet The Hillside Serenaders, the Siena Heights University Acapelicans, and stiltwalker Neil Sauter.
In addition, the festival’s youth stage will be open for students ages 5-18 who would like to try their hand at public performance. Time blocks will be 3-5 minutes for individuals and 10-15 minutes for groups. Anyone who would like to sign up to perform on the youth stage can email Julie Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to artalicious.org/youthstage.
Art-A-Licious, downtown Adrian’s fine arts festival, is in its seventh year.