Day 2 of the second annual Zootown Fringe Festival was a blast, despite the wind and rain.
The first event of the day involved a Mysstic reading with MyssLyss at Shakespeare & Co on the Hip Strip. Lyss read from ancient eastern transcripts which were the beginnings of the Hindu religion.
Meanwhile, down at the Hive (800 S. 3rd Street West), the artist collective from Spokane, Washington is presenting over 100 pieces of art in a display entitled Not From Here. The exhibit received coverage on KPAX last night, and is receiving rave reviews from those attending the exhibit. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, August 16.
Porchfest 2014 kicked off at homes in the 200 and 300 blocks of Fourth Street West. Mark Kersting kicked things off at 5 p.m. with a stirring set of acoustic originals, followed by MyssLyss and the Mysstic Uke. MyssLyss' material is thought provoking and soothing. Next up was Carla Green & Mark Chase, but their set was interrupted by the rain. Consequently, Porchfest moved indoors to the Brink Gallery, where Cami and Rain presented an hour of Kirtan music and chanting. Cami's harmonium set the tone for this uplifting and spiritual journey. They were followed by a rousing, foot-stomping set by local favorite Andrea Harsell & friends. The night concluded with the dynamic trio called Northside Neighbors, who presented great folk covers as they took us on a magical journey across music genres.
In addition to the music at Porchfest, three other musicians brought their tunes to the Central Park Garage on Main Street. First up was the duo of Steve & Dave, a saxophone & conga group that serenaded the garage. They were followed by the hip-hop offering of eL.I.Be. of Cherry Sky Studios, all the way from Minneapolis. Last to take the stage was Leif Christian, who turned in another fine singer-songwriter performance.
Last but not least, across from the parking garage at the Downtown Dance Collective, more than 100 people came to see the first launch of Mystery Mark by Viscosity Theatre. The studio was packed with people who were mesmerized by the visual antics of Clay as he battled characters from his favorite childhood TV show. This show is powerful and wonderfully performed, with live music by Cash for Junkers that truly set the mood. Josh Wagner's book Mystery Mark has been brought to life with this amazing cast and crew. Don't Miss this show, which will be performed again on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information on the Fringe, check out their website.