Punta Gorda Block Party
A family affair ...
Block Party entertainment schedule set
by Gordon Bower 3/2017
Downtown Punta Gorda will belong to the Punta Gorda Block Party again on April 29, when the popular celebration comes back from a 2-year hiatus and returns to Marion Avenue, the city’s Main Street.
Tens of thousands of revelers have attend the biggest and best street festival in Southwest Florida each year to enjoy the food and drink, and the 2017 entertainment lineup is among the best ever. And, returning to its roots, you can see all these national and local groups for free; entry gates will ask only for a donation so that the Block Party can return next year. Gates open at 11 a.m.
Many famous entertainers have performed on the stages of the Block Party over its 30 years, including the Luvin’ Spoonful, Hank Williams III, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, the Outlaws, Grass Roots, Edgar Winter and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Block Party entertainment director Mike Dallenbach has added to this collection of past talent by signing Gary Puckett to headline the April 29 comeback of the city’s most popular street festival.
Led by his unmistakable voice, Puckett and his Union Gap rolled out hits like “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” “Over You” and “This Girl Is A Woman Now,” winning six consecutive gold records. He will appear on the main stage at 6:15 p.m.
Dallenbach said of Puckett, “He has one of the most distinctive voices in the music world. He has had a long list of hit songs over the years and is still performing all around the country.
If you want an up-close view of Puckett and other acts on the main stage and don’t want to arrive early to claim stage-side seats, email email@example.com to get access to the Main Stage Club tent away from the crowd and close to the stage. It’s perfect for picture taking, an unobstructed view, tables and chairs, free food and drink including wine and beer for $100 a seat or an entire table of six seats for $500.
Dallenbach has signed a particularly strong group of other national and popular local bands for the three music stages, including Brigid’s Cross, a true-to-heritage traditional Celtic/Irish folk group which has a strong following during its frequent stops in Punta Gorda, perennial reggae favorite Democracy and strong local bands like American Made and The Boogiemen.
Dozens of vendors selling reasonably priced food ranging from barbecue to ice cream will line Taylor and Marion. Vendor spots are still available at www.puntagordablockparty.info. As always, several brands of Budweiser, wine and Coke products will be available to accompany the many food choices.
The Block Party has been a family affair for many years. Sullivan Street is set aside for children under 12, and Nick’s Kids Show will present three shows during the afternoon. Another area will contain entertainment like a climbing wall for children of all ages. Proceeds go to nonprofits.
Free entry guarantees everyone can attend this year’s Block Party, but please donate what you can afford at the gates if you would like to see this cherished Punta Gorda street party continue. Many of the dollars you donate or spend will go to local charities, school groups and nonprofits that count on the Block Party for a major part of their annual funding.
The Block Party was originally started by a group of people that formed a committee at the request of the City of Punta Gorda to celebrate the centennial and to promote downtown businesses. It succeeded beyond all expectations, bringing in many first time visitors downtown as well as uniting the community on both sides of the river to celebrate the good life here in Charlotte County. During it's time, the Block Party quickly became one of the most unique Punta Gorda events not duplicated anywhere else and the biggest and best One Day Event in all of Southwest Florida. It became a principal source for non profits, service organizations, schools, youth and school sports teams as well. Crowds come from all over to this event and enjoy the entertainment.There have been over 80 non profits who participated over the years. Many of these groups have their biggest fund raiser of the year at the Block Party. Click here to see the list of those that have benefited over the years from having this event.
MAY THE TRADITION GO ON
As tradition goes.... The Charlotte High School art class is assigned a project that will eventually be part of the tradition to be the souvenir tshirt of that year's block party and another to be the poster that is put up all over town. This year, as always, it was a tough decision. But after much deliberation Lorena Campes' design was chosen to be on this year's souvenir tshirt to be sold at the event. Also, the poster drawing chosen was done by Skyla Lequin. Both seen here receiving their winnings. Also the art department is given a donation for assisting us to get really cool designs each and every year.
We at Punta Gorda Days Inc dba Punta Gorda Block Party are asking for your assistance.
We are going in front of the City Council this month to discuss whether or not our request to hold next year's Punta Gorda Block Party will be considered or not. We need to show proof that the PGBP is an asset to our community. This event is solely to give the proceeds to non profit groups, school groups and those in need in our local community. The need for support in the area is tremendous and we try to do our best to help. Some of the non profit groups tell us that this event gets them enough in their coffers to make it through the year. Without this event many of those in need wouldn't be able to last the year and would be looking for contributions some other way. This is how come we do it. If you are in support, wish to volunteer, or just want your comment heard, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include your comments at our meeting with the City Council.
There has been over 80 non profits that have benefited over the years. This list reflects donations given to groups that did work for the event ie; set up, tear down, mann gates, art contest winners at school, parking attendants etc and also some that had a booth to sell their items. Also, it includes those individuals that donated their profits to their charity of choice.Click to see a partial list.
Charlotte High School Art Department part of the tradition ...