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Street performers to hit Broadway

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Broadway Nights returns to downtown Monett on Friday with a focus on entertainment. Street performers will offer music and visual displays for a two-block stretch to delight passersby in a relaxed summer setting.

Stores will be offering an abundance of summer fashions and some have special sales planned. Connie's Photography will have a special backdrop in place to give subjects the look of an experience juggler for the occasion.

The public is invited to stroll among the entertainers, visit friends and enjoy an evening on the town.

According to Broadway Nights Committee Chairman Shaun Bennett, the goal of the organizersis to have performers based at every third or fourth store from Blessings Books and Gifts at Third Street to Peppers and Company near Fifth Street.

Among the performers will be Howard Sharp, from Monett, who will take on a clown personae to make balloon animals and perform with his puppets. Classical guitarist Robert Pommert will be performing inside Denali Dreams at 315 E. Broadway. Robin Braum will perform jazz and contemporary music inside Mocha Jo's coffee café at 404 E. Broadway.

Other street performers will include Anthony Ramsey, playing guitar and singing light Christian "praise and worship" style songs. Angela Bennett will be singing Taylor Swift-style romantic songs. Duo violinists Deborah and Deanna Breon will play a wide range of classical and pop numbers.

Monett High School students Tyler and Kyle Myers will team up with Jared Gilliam to play guitar and sing. Duo saxophone players Bob and Derrick Holmes, of Monett, will play a broad range of numbers, as will hammered dulcimer player Neva Welters, of Verona. Amy Sampson, of Monett, will play acoustic guitar and sing, as will Jeff Youngblood, of Joplin. Painter John Bremer will be displaying around a dozen of his recent creations.

Activity will begin between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Sidewalk musicians will play until at least 8 p.m. Stores in June stayed open later to accommodate the crowds.

Bennett said future plans for Broadway Nights include a street dance in August. Music will be provided by a disc jockey and dance groups will perform. In September, a craft show will be offered. Booth space is available by contacting Bennett at 772-7092. Bruner's Pharmacy has booked a return visit by the mechanical bull, which broke down last month, for September.

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