Busk and Bard returns to Roxbury on August 31


Roxbury — It happens on one Saturday only, when you and the entire family can come to downtown Roxbury and join the circus at the second annual Busk and Bard Festival – a magnificent free street pageant of bewildering beauty.
This one vast undivided show featuring magicians, musicians galore, clowns, poets, acrobats, mimes, tarot card readers, face painters and celebrated chefs will stretch up the expanse of Bridge Street on Saturday, Aug. 31 from the Delaware River to Vega Mountain at the Roxbury Arts Center and will guarantee to delight all the senses with exotic and unimagined diversions.
Marvel at the gravity-defying aerialist performances and circus magic of Bacchanal Promotions coming to amaze you with their pyrotechnic wonders and astounding trickery. Wonder at the amazing feats of Galumpha and their stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography. Stand in awe at the shape-shifting escapades of Chee Chee the Clown and try if you might to follow the slight of hand of Charlie MacIntosh.

And music, too
Delight your ears with the musical innovations of a host of street performers - Jim Kopp’s countrified sounds of various stripes; Eleemosynary featuring Peter Blue, Carol Mandigo and Danny Birnbaum with their smooth jigs, elegant reels, and other contradance favorites; the old-time Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes of The God Forsaken String Band; and introducing Noel Fletcher – the eight year old guitar wunderkind from Mount Tremper playing The Who and other standards.
Exult in the culinary machinations of the Roxbury dining establishments and food vendors. Cassie’s Café and The East Branch will be serving up their usual hearty fare. Head to the Queen’s Mountain Café for a delightful lunch and delicious ice cream concoctions. The Public will feature clams and brews on their front porch. A variety of other vendors from near and afar will be selling their succulent treats on Bridge Street, and Roxbury’s own Ate O Ate food truck will be purveying their other-worldly morsels from all corners of the globe.
Step right up and join the revelry on Saturday, Aug. 31 in Roxbury. This family friendly extravaganza is free to all but donations to the festival itself and to individual performers busking on the street that capture one’s fancy are highly encouraged.
For more information see buskandbard.org or contact Maggie Cullen of The Roxbury Arts Group at 607 326-7908 or mcullen@roxburyartsgroup.org.