The 32nd annual Adams Avenue Street Fair held September 28th and 29th represented the eclectic and artistic charm that this San Diego neighborhood has upheld since the 1980s. The largest free music festival in San Diego boasted 8 stages that were sponsored by local businesses and 90 bands. While obviously many local bands performed on stage, other solo singers and performers set up make shift stages and occupied corners playing their instruments and singing their stories. One such talented artist was by the name of Geminelle Rollins. While she was not on a stage, she captivated a hefty crowd with her pure, soulful voice. Performing in combination of spoken word and poetic rhyme she blended original works as well as some cover songs from such artists as Erykah Badu. Moving on down the street from 35th towards 32nd to the larger stages on Sunday an attendee would hear John Meeks on the Roots Stage. John is a singer/ songwriter that resembles Ryan Adams and is definitely hard to walk away from. On the next big stage heading down Adams was Kris Angelis, who already has her album “The Left Atrium” available online. A familiar country openness and innocence danced off the Starbucks Stage and resounded in the songs that Kris performed. The last band to perform on the largest of the fair’s stages, the Casbah Stage, Sunday evening was a San Diego favorite, The Donkeys. The Donkeys consist of 4 surfer dudes turned musicians and rocked the Ave. With the largest crowd observed throughout the day, break dancing children in the front, and water being sprayed over the crowd the show was everything you would expect from a concert requiring an actual ticket. The melodies continued after the 7:00 p.m. closing of the fair and left the locals wanting more, as every good band does. In a city of infinite talent and expensive tastes, an opportunity to come out and enjoy the community and experience the San Diegan flair at no cost is priceless.
October 1, 2013