Punta Gorda Block Party features Mark Lindsay
Provided by Gordon Bower
Come to downtown Punta Gorda April 12 and help celebrate the 28th edition of Southwest Florida’s largest street festival, the Punta Gorda Block Party. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; the entry fee is only a $1 donation for adults and free for children 12 and under. Close-in parking for $3 is at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center and in empty lots entered off U.S. 41 north. Free parking is available on side streets, the city parking garage on Herald Court and unposted lots around downtown.
Many famous entertainers have performed on the stages over the years, including Minnie Pearl at the first Block Party, Luvin’ Spoonful, Hank Williams III, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, the Outlaws, Grass Roots and Edgar Winter.
This year expect another performer you’ll never see anywhere else for the price of a $1 bill – Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders. The Raiders were all over TV and the top of the charts in the 1960s, and Lindsay followed those years up with a successful solo career that included hits like “Arizona” and “Indian Nation.” He sold more than 50 million records as a solo artist and millions more while part of the Raiders.
Lindsay will play on the Retta Esplanade stage at 6:30 p.m. The schedule also includes Democracy, a reggae band popular throughout Florida, and local favorites like American Made and The BoogieMen on one of the two stages.
Vendors selling reasonably priced food ranging from barbecue to ice cream will line Taylor Street. A limited number of vendor spots are still available; call 941-249-1250.
Several brands of Budweiser are only $3 a cup, and three varieties of wine will be available for $5 for a 6-ounce cup. Coca Cola is the soft drink supplier.
A special entertainment area is set aside for children under 12, and Nick’s Kids Show will put on three performances for them. This year expect a large inflatable bounce area where children can play all day for a mere $5, also available will be a climbing rock wall and games sponsored by area nonprofits.
Come early, stay late and bring a chair to historic downtown Punta Gorda. Because of the large number of people attending the festival every year, no, pets, cans, bottles, coolers, skateboards or bicycles are allowed inside the gates.
Proceeds, including the parking money, go to nonprofits.