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Midway’s “Main Street Musicians” & “So You Can Dance Competition”

In its third year Midway’s “Main Street Musicians,” has proven to be a musically refreshing addition to the 4th of July Festivities in the Heber Valley. With 23 performing musical acts near three different street corners throughout the days of July 2rd & 4th. It was much like feasting on a smorgasbord of gourmet music as folks strolled along the quaint streets of Midway from one street corner to the next, New Orleans style.

Musical local acts included Doug Pope’s rich-classic Cowboy Western, Mountain Valley Harmony’s Barber Shop Quartet, Britt Wilde’s amazing “Swiss Hand Bell Ringers,” with brilliant classical contemporary performances from Winston Lee’s String Ensemble, and violinist Jackie Coleman from the Orchestra at Temple Square.

Other exciting performances included Michael Siggard’s Dixieland Brass Band, Rob Sorensen dazzling the audience with his electric violin, Sue Waldrip’s High Valley Singers, and local talent Ivan Bigney, performed a potpourri of great songs on the piano. Also, K.C. Hooker, Daniel Murtaugh , and Lance Gritton all offered their own unique solo acoustic performances. Midway’s Miss Utah Christine Lowe, mesmerized the audience with her beautiful voice. Dr. Stanton McDonald’s band “Distant Kin” performed inspiring songs of the heart and Gary Hobbs and Von Glasgow’s “Country Sunset Band” produced the sweet sounds of great traditional country music.

We brought in some incredible outside talent for Main Street Musicians such as Jablue, a folky blues duo, the Blue Aces “All Girl pop/rock Band,” The Departure’s” an Alternative Rock Band from Park City, “Half Cowboys” pop/country brother duo from Provo, and Michael Throckmorter, a song writer with a story who has been the opening act for shows in Las Vegas.

Main Street Musicians was followed by the exciting “So You Can Dance Competition & Community Fireworks Dance” on July 4th on the Ice Rink at Town Square in Midway. The Dance Competition consisted of 22 very talented dancers and a distinguished panel of four judges; Christina Lowe former Miss Utah, Kristine Bethers of Heber City, Eric and Clarissa Armstrong of Salt Lake City.

For Best Soloist in the junior category 11 years of age and under, 1st place went to Kendrick Lee, 2nd place to Lily Stone, and 3rd place to Adelia Roberts. For Best Soloist in the senior category ages 12 and over; 1st place winner was Kayla Hooker for the second year in a row, 2nd place Alisa Breeze, and 3rd place Brittanna Roberts. Best Duet in the senior division was won by Jessica & Brenna Wall. From the Best Small Group Division 1st place winners are Lily, Abby, and Anna of Salt Lake City, 2nd place winners were the Roberts girls Carina, Brittanna, and Adelia, and 3rd place went to the Neilson brothers Brendan, Camron, Dustin, and Easton.

The evening finished off with a fun filled community dance at the Ice Rink in Town Square and Fireworks accompanied by songs of patriotism by the great DJ Charley Jarvis of Heber City.

Main Street Musicians was sponsored this year by the Arts Council of Wasatch Community Foundations. A non-profit organization geared towards helping and supporting the Arts of Wasatch County. For more information go to ArtsCouncilOfWasatch.org or ourwcf.org.

BY MARTIN CHATTERLEY    07/13/2011



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