Canton, Conn. – June 20, 2017 – Collinsville Hot, the sizzling town and river festival now in its third year, has announced its red hot lineup of entertainment scheduled for two live music stages on July 15. The music culminates with a fiery dance by Anatolia, the Fire Goddess, on the Farmington River.
“Every year, we aim to take Collinsville Hot higher,” said Bob Bessel, one of the event organizers. “Performers will be everywhere in 2017, from our two music stages to street dancers, magicians, acoustic acts and opera singers in costume. We want Collinsville to be recognized for a broad range of art experiences as well as outdoor activities and history. 2017 will open a lot of eyes.”
Collinsville Hot begins at 9 a.m. with one hour of free yoga at the corner of Front and Main Streets. A children’s “Chill Zone” will open at noon, followed by a craft show at noon, a magician at 1 p.m. and “One Time Weekend” playing on the Main Street stage.
At 2 p.m., the music will stop at Main Street and pick up at River Street with Meredith Rose. From 2 p.m. onward, musical acts will alternate between the two stages, giving guests opportunities to explore the shops, crafts and street performers and to grab something to eat and drink. Food and beverages will be available for sale at Collinsville restaurants and food trucks.
At 6:30 p.m., the BRYAC Funk All Stars will take the Main Street stage with talented musicians from Deep Banana Blackout, Kung Fu and the Funky Dawgs Brass Band. The combination will bring everyone to their feet.
Friendz World Music will keep the groove going with African drums and dance. At 8:30 p.m., the fire goddess Anatolia will join the dance and together, the drummers and dancers will guide everyone to the Farmington River to watch Anatolia’s special fire dance on the water.
“This festival has been surprising crowds ever since it began in 2015,” said Kellee Abramcyzk, another event organizer. “The quality of the crafts and entertainment surpasses most festivals I attend.”
Bands featured at previous Collinsville Hot festivals have gone on to greater things. West End Blend (2015) now plays Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Boston. The KC Sisters (2016) are recording in Nashville.
Abramczyk expects at least 4,000 people to attend this year’s event. She encouraged visitors to use the free shuttle service running from noon to 10 p.m. from the Canton High School parking lot to the heart of Collinsville Hot.
This year’s festival will raise awareness and hopefully some funds to help the Town of Canton combat the opioid epidemic. Individuals wishing to become part of the solution to the mental health issues that drive opioid addiction can contact Canton Main Street, which puts on Collinsville Hot. For donations to this cause, please note that Canton Main Street is a federal 501(c)3 organization.
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