When the second annual FAME (Food Arts Music Entertainment) Festival takes to the streets Saturday it will be in an effort to embody the spirit of local artists, musicians and chefs while utilizing an oft-overlooked portion of historic downtown on Broadway Street between 3rd and 6th avenues North.
And though the festival runs congruent with a bevy of other events — including the city’s Beach Music festival which takes place within one mile of it — there is no competitive feeling toward the other events. In fact, exactly the opposite is true.
Terry “T-Bone” Jones, one of the organizers of FAME, actually hopes he can get the city transportation to run a trolley back and forth between FAME and the Chubby Checker show.
“We got a lot of stuff to do, and little time to get there,” Jones said. “But when it happens it will be great. I’m going to shoot for 7,000 people. Just as long as everyone has a good time.”
The festival, which covers three city blocks, will host original art by local and regional artists, including oils, watercolors, jewelry, glass blowing and metalwork.
A variety of musical performers will take to the Music stage at the intersection of 5th Avenue North and Broadway Street. Acts range from rock to reggae and soul to country with some notable local musicians in the mix including The Wahoo Creek Band, Claudia vs. The Queen of Hearts, Below The Bassline, Sista Otis and Coman Sproles & Celtic Bluze.
Another block will house the children’s area with a number of face painters, art activities and other entertainment for children. This area will house an Entertainment Stage at 4th Avenue North and Broadway Street with dancers, magicians, actors and performers from 10 a.m. until sunset.
The third block of this street festival will be devoted entirely to a chili cookoff featuring 40 well-known chili cooks from local and regional areas. The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) is sanctioning the Southeastern Regional Chili Cook-off at the FAME Festival.
The fee to participate in the cook-off is $20 and all amateurs or restaurants are welcome.
Jones says he has always backed community events like this and is a proponent of other organizers who attempt the same.
“I’ve always been involved in the community I live in, I believe in that.”
Jones first organized a street festival in Greenville, S.C. in the late 1980s. The “Fall for Greenville” autumn festival was a success, and after Jones moved to Myrtle Beach in 1988, he found Broadway Street to be a quaint art district. However galleries began relocating in the early nineties.
Jones joined Karen Holck, the owner of the Broadway Cafe and Gourmet, and Bill Strydesky owner of the GIFU Art Exchange.
The three appreciated arts and were disheartened to see galleries relocate. They also wanted to support initiatives seeking to improve the city. Thus, they decided to start a festival with all proceeds going to community projects.
In January 2010, the group met formally and with the help of four other artists, developed the acronym “FAME.”
Last year’s celebration went off without a hitch. Now in its second go-round, they received some help.
“We went before city council this year much more prepared last year and the city gave us $5,000 seed money,” Jones said.
But if you ask any of the founders, they’re not after the loot.
According to the group’s website, all money generated at the festival after basic expenses will be returned to the City of Myrtle Beach for improvements to Broadway Street, to Riverkeepers for the cleanup of Withers Swash, to the Myrtle Beach chapter of the American Culinary Federation for scholarships, to the Horry County Cultural Arts Council for scholarships for local art students and to various charities.
There are no paid positions for the festival. Everyone is volunteering their time and talents to the good of our community.
“It’s unique in the fact that this festival is not about money,” Holck said. “It's about giving. No money goes to promoters or administration. All musicians and talent are performing on our stages as a gift to our community and its charities. It's unique in the fact that our sponsors are giving without the expectation of anything in return.”
- 10 a.m. | Opening Remarks, Invocation, Presentation of Colors and National Anthem Performed by Madelyn Anderson
- 10:15 a.m. | Carolina Forest Elementary School Steel Drum Band
- 11:30 a.m. | The Briarcliff Saints Dixieland Band
- 12:45 p.m. | The Wahoo Creek Band
- 2 p.m. | Sara Hughes
- 3 p.m. | Tony Lawrence & Aron Tyler
- 4 p.m. | Acoustic Johnny
- 5 p.m. | Open
- 6 p.m. | Papa Duke & Friends
- 7:30 p.m. | Sista' Otis
- 9 p.m. | Coman Sproles and the Celtic Bluze
- 10:30 a.m. | Rage (Skit)
- 10:45 p.m. | Lucid with Paint
- 11:45 p.m. | Eric Hall (Magician)
- 12:10 p.m. | Claudia vs. the Queen of Hearts
- 1:10 p.m. | Eric Hall (Magician)
- 1:30 p.m. | Open Mic
- 3:00 p.m. | Patricia Robertson (Poetry)
- 3:30 p.m. | Fred Astaire Group (Dance)
- 4 p.m. | Urban Background
- 5 p.m. | Below the Bassline
- 5:55 p.m. | Hanna & Crew (Line Dancing)
- 6:20 p.m. | Coastal Youth Ballet (Dance)
More details on the festival at http://myrtlebeachfamefestival.com/