Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Everclear Headlines 11th Delray Beach Garlic Festival

By Skip Sheffield

There is something in air in Delray Beach and it smells just like garlic.
The odor is the signature spice of the 11th annual Delray Beach Garlic Festival, running Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14 at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
While garlic has a 6,000-year history as a food, the pungent seasoning did not become part of mainstream of American life until the 1940s. Now garlic is everywhere and it is touted for its curative powers as well as a powerful seasoning. In the USA alone, more than 250,000 pounds of garlic is consumed annually.
Even if you don’t like garlic you’ll like the entertainment that comes with the $10 price of admission. Friday’s main stage lineup starts with Jumpin’ Johnny and the Blues Heathens at 5:30 p.m., local heroes the Fabulous Fleetwoods at 6 p.m. and platinum-selling recording rock group Everclear at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday’s entertainment continues at 1 p.m. with Son of Man, followed by Andy Childs at 3 p.m., Taylor Road at 4 p.m., The Resolvers at 6 p.m. and legendary Jamaican reggae group The Wailers at 8:30 p.m.
Andy Childs returns to kick off the entertainment at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by Amber Leigh at 2 p.m., a Sound Chaser Yes tribute at 3:30 p.m. and Don’t Stop Believing, a Journey tribute at 5:30 p.m.
The Garlic festival gig is one of two South Florida appearances by Everclear front man and principal songwriter, Art Alexakis. Alexakis will perform with his full band in Delray Beach, and then he will return as an unplugged duo with Eddie Kowalczyk of Live March 12 at Miami’s Arsht Center.
The first five years of the 21st century were tough for Alexakis. He underwent a third divorce and filed for bankruptcy in 2005. He found his peace by writing music and entering in two a new relationship. A second daughter, Arizona Star was born to his wife Vanessa in 2007. He has a 16-year-old daughter, Annabella, from an earlier marriage.
Alexakis has gone back to basics playing some of his greatest hits, such as “Father of Mine,” “Santa Monica,” “I Will Buy You a New Life” and “Everything to Everyone.” Everclear will also play some of his latest singles, “Here Comes the Darkness” and “At The End of the Day.”
“It’s going to be a big rock show,” Alexakis promises in a telephone interview. “There is a lot of old school hip-hop in my music too. I believe in mixing it up with the fans and coming out after the show to meet them.”
Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.dbgarlicfest.com for more information.

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