Greenwich Village’s favorite street festival, Positively 8th Street, returned on July 14th for the second of three summer Saturdays that celebrate the creative and musical heritage of West 8th Street and Greenwich Village. Check out the full photo gallery here!
The festival provides the thriving independent businesses and institutions of West 8th Street the opportunity to expand into the street, while bars and restaurants including the Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor, Amelie, Loring Place, Analogue, and Mekki all created colorful outdoor eating and drinking gardens.
Live music is always a highlight of Positively 8th Street and there was an impressive line-up of Village favorites at the July festival. Legendary musician and local resident Richard Barone headlined the festival presenting a showcase titled “Village Acoustic”. The ninety-minute set reflected the Village folk revival with songs by The Weavers, early Dylan, Joan Baez, and more! Performing alongside Richard Barone were special guests The Hadley’s, Beccs, and Steve Adabbo.
Also performing at the festival were legends of Washington Square Park and Village favorites, Coyote and Crow with their evocative mix of old time Rock'n'Soul, Americana Roots-Rock, and Blues-grass. They were followed by returning festival favorite, the Angry Kickin’ Feet who got revelers up and dancing with string of rock favorites!
The New York Studio School and Storm Ritter Studio took art and creativity onto the street, offering free life drawing sessions and art exhibits respectively, leading a flow of creativity across West 8th Street with curious minds, young and old to creating, drawing, and building.
Festival favorite, the Scribble Art Workshop offered quirky opportunities to create mixed media collages using printed black and white photos of historical New York City landmarks. The Textile Arts Center demonstrated the versatility of textiles and fabrics in creating art, which included yarning and fabric dying demonstrations. For those wanting to be on the receiving end of creativity there was free face painting and caricature drawings, leading to some jovial and hilarious outcomes! All the while, there was another Positively 8th Street first; huge, beautiful, sparkling bubbles silently and gracefully gliding above the heads of revelers, courtesy of Bubble Dad!
Amid the vibrant sights, sounds, and colors of Positively 8th Street visitors also had the opportunity to reflect and think about stories, their own life stories, and read those of others with the Strangers Project. Over 35,000 anonymous handwritten stories have been collected by the Strangers Project, which has become a Positively 8th Street favorite.
For the first time at Positively 8th Street there was an open air silent disco which saw over 100 people wearing wireless headphones dancing in the street to two live DJ’s and a pre-recorded playlist.
Community cohesion is always a central theme of the festival and July was no exception as local community groups the Washington Square Park Conservancy, Neighbor to Neighbor, and Le Maison Française all join the event, providing information about their mission and programs.
All around it was a colorful vibrant day that celebrate the rich vitality and diversity of the famed Greenwich Village Street. Relive the sights of the day with our photos!
Positively 8th Street returns on September 8th with for another fun filled late summer Saturday of creativity, outdoor dining, pop-up parks, and a stellar musical line up when Richard Barone & Friends and the Angry Kickin’ Feet return, joined by the Bailsman jazz band.
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