Photos: Fun at Rockford’s Block 5

August 29, 2012

As the Block 5 Festival headliner, The Honey Island Swamp Band, took the stage Saturday, Aug. 25, event organizer Sandy Kohn of MedicineMan Creative Design Agency and Mike Wright of The Office charged up the crowd before the show, and offered a toast to the recently-deceased Rockford artist Jim Julin. The festival, held in the street of the 500 block of East State Street, is known as downtown Rockford’s block party, with “Music, drinks, great food and righteous partying,” according to their Facebook page. “Mission: To promote the heart of downtown Rockford and maintain the traditions of our River District community by way of encouraging our cuisine, arts and culture. Company Overview: Deli Italia, The Irish Rose, Brio, Social, MedicineMan, Pranayama Yoga Studio, Digits Salon, Bamboo, and all our regular customers and supporters working together to maintain the Block 5 mission.” Additional event sponsors included REACT, the RLDC, Bud Light, the Element, La Monica Beverages, SupplyCore, Alpine Inn, Catalyst Business Solutions and Maverick Media. Mana Kintorso and Fresh Hot Fritters were also featured bands. Kohn said 1,000 people attended the festival. (Photo by Frank Schier)

John Sadler, Frank Calvanese and Dan “The Man” Britton play in the new outdoor seating area of Deli Italia, 507 E. State St., during Block 5 Festival, Saturday, Aug. 25. (Photo by Frank Schier)

Marcole Walston of Cozi Pedicab squires around customers at Main and State streets Saturday, Aug. 25. His route went from Block 5 to Kryptonite. He also will go from the BMO Harris Bank Center to the Riverfront Museum Park to Cliffbreakers. His fees for short downtown trips are from $1 to $5; $12 for 15-minute trips; and $25 for 30-minute trips. Cozi Pedicabs are available for sightseeing and even weddings. Call (815) 540-2957. (Photo by Frank Schier)

From the  Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2012, issue

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