110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Nov 1, 2013 - 11:26:05am
Original music will fill the air in Downtown DeLand Nov. 2, when more than 175 acts will appear on 28 stages for the 13th annual DeLand Original Music Festival.
Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and running through 2 a.m. Sunday, musicians will be performing their self-written music regardless of whether the sun shines or the rains come down, organizer Phil Weidner said.
“It’s a rain-or-shine event,” Weidner said. “Most of the outdoor stages are covered, but if we have to shut any acts down we’ll try to move them to an indoor stage.”
Weidner is president of Daytona Beach-based Songwriters Showcases of America (SSA), which produces this festival and also organizes DeLandApalooza, a similar event held the past two springs and planned again for April. SSA also produces festivals in Daytona Beach and Jacksonville.
Every year, the DeLand festival gets some new acts in the mix of performers, Weidner said, and this year is no exception.
“There seems to be a lot of Reggae this year, a lot of funky-groove acts,” he said.
One act is different from all the others: performance artist Perego will appear at Café Da Vinci just before 6 p.m.
“He does live art painting while music is playing,” Weidner said. “What he paints depends on his mood.”
According to Perego’s biography on his website, the 46-year-old, single-named artist did freelance work up and down the East Coast before settling in Daytona Beach in 1992 and creating a career of work with entertainment groups and as art director for Walt Disney World Entertainment. He painted Downtown DeLand’s original street mural at Pioneer Park.
But Perego wasn’t satisfied with making his name with large-scale murals, nightclub and restaurant design and fine art, according to his website. So he began getting serious about his true passion: performance art.
“While other artists try to make simple painting look hard, Perego flexes his masterful technical muscles and makes a hard painting look easy. He impresses his clients, wows their guests and helps charities raise thousands of dollars,” his online bio states.
For Weidner, a bonus this year is that the Athens Theatre will be one of the indoor stages.
“It’s the second time since it opened that we’ve used it,” Weidner said. I always try to use it when it’s available, but it’s not always available.”
Another new feature this time around is that the beer garden is officially permitted by the city. The garden will be near the East Indiana Avenue stages, along with a food court, Weidner said.
The Indiana Avenue side of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse will be the main stage for the festival; a second main stage will be on East Indiana Avenue near Issues lounge.
There will be stages inside and outside of Issues, in back of and inside The Elusive Grape Wine Bar, in Pioneer Park, and at The Grotto, Bill & Frank’s Brickhouse, Bytes (formerly Halftimes Bar), Dick & Jane’s Coffee Shop, De La Vega Restaurant and Manzano’s, as well as on the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Indiana Avenue and Woodland Boulevard and on West Indiana Avenue, and also at Chess Park and the Athens Theater.
Other stages will be at Abbey, Blind Pig Tavern, Nest in Artisan Alley, the Artisan Alley Garage, inside and outside at Da Vinci, on West Georgia Avenue, inside and outside at Steve’s Downtown Music, at Mainstreet Grill and at Collective on South Alabama Avenue.
For more information about the festival and a schedule of all the acts, go to www.ssa.cc.
The comments posted below are posted by readers, not by The Beacon staff. These comments express the views and opinions of the authors, and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster. The comments forum is governed by these rules. Please use the report abuse link if you find offensive comments.
Did you find this story interesting or informative? Subscribe to The West Volusia Beacon to read more stories by Joe Crews, along with others from our award-winning writers. Subscribe now!