Forty years after it made its first appearance, the Hessler Street Fair returns from 11 a.m.-dusk on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17th.
The free event, held on a one-block-long street in University Circle off Ford (just North of Euclid), has something of a time-capsule vibe, as barefoot women in long peasant skirts and men in tie-dye Grateful Dead T-shirts amble along the brick-paved street, eating organic food, checking out the work of local craftspeople and joining in the drum circle.
The stage at the street’s dead end will host 19 musical acts, all local, with the exception of funky French brass band Tarace Boulba (who will perform both days), with an emphasis on the kind of music that inspires dancing.
But it’s a diverse lineup that includes reggae (festival regulars Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band, Umojah Nation, Outlaws I & I), prog-rock (Case Sensitive), blues (the Alan Greene Band featuring Mr. Stress, the Hessler Street Blues Band), folk (Alex Bevan), singer-songwriter (The Uncanny Xela), surf-lounge instrumentals (Martini 5-0), country (Lost State of Franklin), indie rock (Early Girl), swamp pop (Cats on Holiday), jazz (George Foley), smooth soul (Kevin Conwell & Footprints), acoustic guitar (Jim Volk), Afro-pop (Mifune) and jam-band music (JiMiller Band).
As usual, all the performances will be simulcast on Case Western Reserve’s WRUW 91.1 FM. —Anastasia Pantsios