North Charleston Arts Festival Presents Annual Street Dances

The Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue in North Charleston will be transformed into a dance floor on Friday, May 11, 2012, for the North Charleston Arts Festival’s annual Olde Village and Reggae Street Dances. East Montague Avenue will be closed to traffic from O’hear Avenue to Chateau Avenue beginning at 5:00pm and the event will take place from 6:30-10:00pm. Admission and parking are free.

Boogie down to a blend of Carolina beach music, soul, oldies, and classic rock and roll played by the East Coast Party Band from 6:30-8:00pm. This versatile and exciting music ensemble features six dynamic lead vocalists, a well-versed horn section, and a fantastic rhythm section that has played together for over 20 years. The group has performed with a number of nationally renowned musicians and has recently recorded a song with multiple Grammy Award winning artist, Bill Champlin, formerly of Chicago.

The night will roll on from dance floor tunes to island vibes from 8:30-10:00pm with Jacksonville, FL, based outfit, De Lions of Jah. Following in the footsteps of Bob Marley, the group fuses traditional roots music and contemporary dance hall and hip hop influences to create the kind of upbeat, soulful roots sound that will have audiences shaking loose and dancing all night. They have opened for many national and international reggae acts and will excite audiences of all ages.

For more information about the Street Dances or any other 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival events, visit or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843-740-5854.

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