A Weekend in Clifton (of which Gaslight Property is a proud co-sponsor) kicks off this Friday, September 28, and by all indications this will be the biggest and best celebration of Clifton in a long time. One hint that folks are upping the ante: a few blocks in the heart of the Gaslight District (Ludlow Avenue between Middleton Avenue and Clifton Avenue, Telford Avenue between Shiloh Street and Ludlow Avenue, and Ormond Avenue between Ludlow Avenue and Howell Avenue) will be closed from 6 pm Friday, September 28 to 5 am Monday, October 1. That will encourage more of a street party atmosphere where people can roam around drinking beer, dancing, etc., etc.
The timing of this event couldn’t be better, as good news has arrived in connection with the new Goessling’s Markets, which now has all the pieces in order to begin the renovation of a store that we have dearly missed. Mark Goessling, the owner of the soon-to-be-renovated grocery store, will be celebrating this awesome turn of events by grilling out Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Clifton–so come say to him.
There will be music all weekend. I wrote about the opening act in a previous blog entry; the other Friday night band, MJ’s Blues, will be delivering a heap of soul, R&B, funk and blues music at the Middleton Stage Friday night from 9pm-11pm. The band’s influences include Muddy Waters, BB King, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye. I’ve seen these guys before at Arlin’s, and along with knowing how to play their instrument they have an entertaining stage show – basically a great way to rev up the crowd Friday night.
Here’s a music schedule for the rest of the weekend – and remember, along with the music there will be visual art via StreetScapes, Art Cars and Art Carpets, and if you go to the facebook page for A Weekend in Clifton you’ll see evidence of all kinds of special sales from the small business that make the Gaslight District such a special place.
Cliftonfest LIVE MUSIC: Two Stages,
Friday Evening September 28
Clifton Plaza: A Side of Taylors 7pm-9pm
Middleton Stage: The MJ’s Blues 9pm-11pm
Saturday September 29
Clifton Plaza: The Four-Bit Fancy Band 11am-1pm
Middelton Stage: Robin Lacy & DeZydeco 2pm-4pm
Clifton Plaza: Hinkley Technologies 4pm-6pm
Middleton Stage: Destiny-N-August (Yoga Bliss, Mandala Art) 6-8pm
Middleton Stage: Jon Evans Collective 9pm-11pm
Sunday September 30
Clifton Plaza: TBA 11am-1pm
Middleton Stage: Tracy Walker 1pm-3pm
Clifton Plaza:Mandorla 4pm-5:30pm