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Little Chicago Music and Arts Festival ends with a flash flood

Hannah Swayze • Aug 11, 2018 at 12:39 AM

Early birds got the worm on Friday as the Little Chicago Music and Arts Festival got underway.

And just about everyone else got wet.

Sudden rain and flooding in the downtown Johnson City area left festival-goers scrambling out of the streets and into downtown businesses to stay dry Friday night.

Within a few hours, water was rushing on the edges of the roads and filling up King Commons, Carver Park and the surrounding area for the second time this week. The intersection of Boone and West Market Streets quickly flooded causing traffic to detour around the already-limited downtown streets.

A flood warning was issued for the area until 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, back at Little Chicago, music came to a halt for a while with a few bands being bumped due to the rain, according to Tom Breese, who was involved in the organization of the music festival.

After a short break, bands returned to the stage with The Kindest People being scheduled to play on the main stage after the rain ended and other acts, like local band Indighost, being moved into indoor venues in the downtown area.

As for Saturday, all plans will remain as scheduled.

“As of right now it doesn’t look like rain and we’ll just go with the flow,” said Breese.

Before the evening rain, crowds filed in throughout the day and the festival filled up the closed-off downtown streets for local vendors, food, bands and festivities. Children enjoyed a collection of blow-up slides and play-places while the adults explored local beers and food.

To keep up with any changes in schedule or activities, Breese said all updates will be posted as quickly as possible on the festival’s social media sites. They can be found on Instagram at littlechicagofestival, by searching Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival on Facebook and at www.littlechicagofestival.com.

The Saturday band schedule:

Nelson Stage

12:30-1:15 Achy

2-2:45 FM Silence

3:30-4:15 Art Smashes Records

5:00-5:45 American Dropouts

6:30-7:15 Dullside

8-8:45 The Force Field

9:30-10:30 Scull Soup

Main Stage

1-1:45 JB 5 n Dime

2:30-3:15 Jackdaws 7

4-4:45 Sammy Guns Band

5:30-6:15 Rhythm & Roosevelts

7-8:45 Tan & Sober Gentlemen


9:15-10:45 DJ Breese

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