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Cliftonfest Starts Friday!

Clifton FestGaslight Property is a proud sponsor of Cliftonfest this year. The event starts this Friday, September 26, kicking off with “Jazz and Wine” from 6pm to 10m (Wade Baker will be performing at the Clifton Plaza, and wine will be provided by Ludlow Wines). Overlapping that event will be, from 7pm to 9pm, an artists reception at Om Eco Cafe. The weekend will also feature “art carpets,” with chalk art on streets and sidewalks; dozens of artisans booths; a pet parade; a 5K run; a story hour for children; and a screening of Mary Poppins at the Esquire. Details on times and locations for all the events discussed in this blog entry can be found on the Facebook page for the event

And there will be music –  lots of it. And festive music at that, with artists including Baoku Afro Beat and Robin Lacey and DeZydeco. Saturday’s show will end with the perennial favorites The Cliftones, and Sunday will kick off with Ron Esposito’s Singing Bowls, who I wrote about in this blog entry. They play some very heavy music; it’s great to hear on CD, and it’s also great to experience live. 

And don’t miss the mural that artists have been working on for weeks, on the wall beside Om Eco Cafe. Here’s my blog entry on the early stages of that:

Cliftonfest has a long history, and my blog chronicled part of that history in the last few years. Here are links with photos to some earlier Cliftonfests:

Cliftonfest link

Cliftonfest link

The colorful and hypnotic band Mayan Ruins will also be performing, and here’s a clip of a recent performance by them: