Torres: New direction for street party more like Bragg Jam

March 28, 2014 

Hope everyone has enjoyed their Cherry Blossom Festival week so far!

Although I’ve been busy, I’ve managed to check out a little of the festival here and there. The parade last Sunday was fun except for the fact that no barricades mean people can just stand in the street and watch what’s going to pass them eventually anyway.

I also enjoyed watching our Mercer University Bears basketball team put on a show on a national stage. What better time than Cherry Blossom Festival time to be in the NCAA tournament? It’s a time when everyone in the city is all about loving this place we reside in.

I understand why the festival committee has done away with the annual street party, but I’m still sad to see it go. I’ve been a few times during the past couple of years and regardless of not really enjoying the acts booked, it’s always great to see the streets filled with people. I was really close to opening up for Big Boi of OutKast one year, which would have been a great opportunity for my career.

The new direction for the finale of the CBF seems to follow the Bragg Jam route. It’s a pub crawl of sorts that will take place Saturday night at select venues throughout downtown. I’ll be performing at Fowl Play at 11:30 p.m. and I’ll be looking forward to rectifying the horrible set I had on this stage last year at Bragg Jam.

I do like that you can either buy a ticket for the entire music festival or pay to get into your single preferred venue. Visiting the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, for the first time two weeks ago, this was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Here’s who I want to check out during the music festival: Besides Daniel at the 567 Center for Renewal at 7 p.m. and Boothill at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom at 10 p.m. Boothill really impressed me at the 11th Hour awards show this year and Besides Daniel worked with Molly Parden, a singer I had a professional crush on a few years ago.

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about All the Locals, too. I like their name, it makes me think of random people from Magnolia Street starting a band and singing about drinking. They take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Cox Capitol Theatre.

Hopefully, this new direction will work out well for the CBF and all the fans of this time of year. Hope to see you out downtown!

Floco Torres is an artist/songwriter. Contact him at

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