Boogie - big crowds 2010 Ed

Crowds start to gather to listen to bands Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Boogie on the Bricks. The stage is set up facing west at the intersection of State and Court streets.

Athens City Council adopted an ordinance Monday evening for the “Boogie on the Bricks” street party on Saturday, Aug. 10, temporarily suspending enforcement of the noise ordinance during the all-day/evening event.

This will be the 15th annual Boogie on the Bricks, an event that closes part of Court Street to make room for live-music stages, vendors, and food and drink booths. Beer and wine are sold during the event.

Plans call for the free, family-oriented music and arts festival to include two stages at each end for live music, mobile vendors, a kids section, and people selling artisanal crafts, among other things.

After some debate regarding the location and timing of the festival, Boogie on the Bricks will now encompass the two blocks of North Court Street, from Washington north to Carpenter. That aspect of the planning was approved in City Council’s June 17 meeting. 

City Council member Peter Kotses, who put forward the legislation, speculated that as many as 15,000 people may make their way to the event. He contrasted this with the peak of the Nelsonville Music Festival, which he said reaches peak attendance of 7,500 people.

“I’m looking forward to seeing 15,000 people up there on Aug. 10,” Kotses said.

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