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August 31, 2013

Roxbury to host Busk & Bard Festival

Staff report
The Daily Star

---- — Magicians, clowns, acrobats and mimes will crowd the streets of Roxbury on Saturday as the Busk & Bard Festival returns for a second year, with the addition of an after-party at a local art gallery.

The free street festival, presented by MARK Project, Roxbury Arts Group and WIOX Radio, will run from noon to 5 p.m. Outdoor performers and vendors will line Bridge Street from the Delaware River to Vega Mountain at the Roxbury Arts Center, offering entertainment, food, crafts and more. 

Performers from Bacchanal Promotions will include aerialists, stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats and illusionists. The dance troupe Galumpha will perform at the Roxbury Arts Group every hour on the half-hour, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Chee Chee the Clown will craft balloon animals for children, and magician Charlie McIntosh will perform tricks.

There will also be tarot card readings, face painting and poetry readings. Live music will include Jim Kopp; Eleemosynary featuring Peter Blue, Carol Mandigo and Danny Birnbaum, playing contradance music; and The God Forsaken String Band. 

Roxbury’s restaurants will be open for dining, and vendors will sell food on Bridge Street as well. Roxbury’s Ate O Ate food truck will also be in attendance. 

For more information, visit or contact Maggie Cullen of The Roxbury Arts Group at 326-7908 or

The Orphic Gallery will celebrate its one-year anniversary and host a Busk & Bard after party from 5 to 7 p.m. with the opening of “ENCORE!”, featuring rock concert photos by Peter Stupar. 

According to a media release, Stupar’s work has chronicled the history of live music in the San Francisco Bay Area, capturing such milestones as The Band’s Last Waltz and the final performance of the Sex Pistols. The Orphic Gallery show will feature favorites from his first exhibit at the gallery, as well as new images and rare prints from Stupar’s portfolio, including images from the Atlantic City Pop Festival, and DC-area shows he documented as a teenager. 

The opening will also include a performance by 8-year-old Noel Fletcher, who will perform a classic rock set featuring songs by The Who and others. According to the release, Noel, of Mount Tremper, has been playing guitar since he was 3 and has performed at various Catskills venues, as well as recent concerts at Strawberry Fields in New York City and Portobello Road Market in London. He will also be busking during the festival, and his concert will begin at 6 p.m.

The Orphic Gallery is at the corner of Main and Bridge streets. More information is available at and