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5 things to know about the Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party in downtown Macon

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The International Cherry Blossom Festival announced Chaka Khan and Eli Young Band will headline 2018 Street Party on March 24.
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The International Cherry Blossom Festival announced Chaka Khan and Eli Young Band will headline 2018 Street Party on March 24.

The Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party returns to downtown Macon on March 24, 2018. Here are five things you need to know about the event that is expected to attract thousands.

1. A whole lotta funk, soul and country tunes

Chaka Khan will perform at the 2018 International Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party in Macon on March 24.

The street party returned to the festival in 2017 with the crowd able to feel the funk emanating from concert headliner George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

This year, the Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan, will grace the stage in the heart of downtown.

Khan was twice inducted in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for both her solo career and with the soulful Rufus band. The platinum selling songstress is most known for her hits "I Feel For You" and "Ain't Nobody."

Prior to Khan's performance, Booker T. Jones from the aptly named Booker T. & the M.G.'s., country music star David Nail and Eli Young Band will perform.

2. Rain or shine

The show will go on whatever the weather. Fortunately for concert goers, the forecast for the 2018 street party is partly cloudy and warm. (But be sure to check again closer to the event date.)

Fans will hope the only mention of rain comes when David Nail sings his hit song, "Let it Rain."

But even if the skies do open, don't fret, because the party will still go on for this ran or shine event.

The temperature should be a comfortable 70 degrees when the concert starts and dip into the 50s by the final act, according to weather.com.

3. The party's all in one place

The concert will be on a single stage in downtown Macon after the success of last year's new setup.

The Street Party will remain at the intersection of Cotton Avenue and Poplar Street. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert runs from 4-11 p.m.

Reminder: Buy your tickets early to save some money. Tickets are $20 online or if purchased in advance at the Cherry Blossom Gift Shop, Hargray Capitol Theatre, the Rookery or El Camino. Tickets are $25 at the gate.

4. What you can and can’t bring

To save time getting through the gates, please be aware of what you can and cannot bring to the party.

Restricted items are: backpacks, outside food or drink, weapons, pets, and coolers. Flash photography and taking video of the performances is also prohibited.

Folding lawn chairs are allowed.

There will be plenty of food and drinks on sale throughout the concerts — and enough memorable moments to replay.

5. It’s called a street party for a reason

Dancing in the middle of downtown Macon other days of the year may garner some weird looks from people.

But at the street party dancing is encouraged. So when the rhythm takes control of your body, feel free to let loose.

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