Five downtown Rockford businesses are celebrating the summer by hosting a 2-Block Party Saturday night, Aug. 10. The street festival will feature outside bars, food vendors and three popular bands to headline the State Street Stage at the epicenter of State and Main streets in “Downtown West,” also known as the new “Main Street District.”
Mike & Joe, Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts and Stendek will perform live during the event, which starts at 5 p.m. and runs until midnight. Businesses hosting the event include District Bar & Grill, Kryptonite Bar, Kiwi Bar & Restaurant, Octane Bar & Restaurant, and J.R. Kortman Center for Design & Gallery.
Each of these venues will “take it to the streets” with outside bars featuring beer, specialty drinks and food, along with some of City Market’s most popular vendors. And to keep the party going, Octane’s Dan Minick will DJ between live music sets, right on Main Street.
“This is a great way to celebrate the summer and downtown with great entertainment, food and drink,” said Chris Wachowiak, owner of Kryptonite and festival organizer. “All of these businesses are within a city designated festival zone, so we are able to close off the blocks around State and Main and feature ‘open container,’ allowing festival goers to carry beverages on the street from venue to venue.”
Jerry Kortman, co-owner of J.R. Kortman Center for Design, said he is excited about the 2-Block Party since it has presented an opportunity for downtown businesses to work together and make something happen that will be fun for all of Rockford.
Kortman said, “There is a learning curve in creating an event like this, but the cooperation and enthusiasm among Main Street District businesses, along with the city and the police department, has been remarkable.”
The 2-Block Party celebration will go on rain or shine, said Andy Rio, co-owner of District Bar & Grill. “Even though this is a street festival, it’s happening right out in front of our businesses, so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we can easily move the party inside each of our establishments,” said Rio.
There will be two entrances to the Main Street District during the Downtown 2-Block Party. Attendees of the event should enter either at State and Wyman streets or North Main and Mulberry streets. Parking for this summertime street festival is available in the parking decks, surface lots and streets around the State and Main district.
Admission to the Downtown 2-Block Party is $10 per person at the gate. A special advanced purchase offer is available online: two tickets for the price of one. Visit www.ticketfly.com/event/332577 to purchase tickets.
Event sponsors include Hayes Beer Distributor, Wirtz Beverage Company, Meridian Implement, Better Business Bureau of Rockford, Doc & Jerry, ProMark, Watt Global Media, Rockford Brewing/ CMC, Capri Restaurant, Allstate-Ellingson Agency, Kurt’s Auto, Paymaster Pawn, CMM & Associates, Rockford Office Supply, Woodfire Pizzas, Roly Poly, Isa’s Boutique, Stewart Square, Studio Fyra, Big Mouth Signs, Subway and The Element.
From the Aug. 7-13, 2013, issue