CANTON — Collinsville Hot has announced its lineup of entertainment scheduled for its third annual festival on Saturday, July 15 in downtown Collinsville. The festival will feature two stages of live music beginning at 1 p.m. with the entertainment culminating with a fiery dance by Anatolia, the Fire Goddess, on the Farmington River.
“Every year, we aim to take Collinsville Hot higher,” said Robert Bessel, one of the event organizers. “Performers will be everywhere in 2017 with two music stages, street dancers, magicians, acoustic acts and opera singers in costume. We want Collinsville to be recognized for a broad range of art experiences, outdoor activities and history.”
The Collinsville Press is a sponsor of the event.
Collinsville Hot begins at 9 a.m. with one hour of free yoga at the corner of Front and Main Streets. A children’s “Chill Zone” will open at noon, followed by a craft show at noon, a magician at 1 p.m.
The music begins on the Main Street stage overlooking the Town Hall parking lot with “One Time Weekend.” Music begins on the River Street stage at 2 p.m. with Meredith Rose. The musical acts will alternate between the two stages, giving guests opportunities to explore the shops, crafts and street performers.
At 6:30 p.m., the BRYAC Funk All Stars will take the Main Street stage with talented musicians from Deep Banana Blackout, Kung Fu and the Funky Dawgs Brass Band.
Friendz World Music will keep the groove going with African drums and dance. At 8:30 p.m., the fire goddess Anatolia will join the dance and together, the drummers and dancers will guide everyone to the Farmington River to watch Anatolia’s special fire dance on the water.
Some bands featured at previous Collinsville Hot festivals have gone to play in larger venues. West End Blend, who was part of the 2015 event, has performed in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Boston. The KC Sisters (2016) are recording in Nashville.
A free shuttle service running from the Canton High School parking lot to Collinsville be running from noon to 10 p.m.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Canton Mental Health Task Force to help the town combat the opioid epidemic. Individuals wishing to donate to the task force can send tax deductible donations to Canton Main Street, which puts on Collinsville Hot. Canton Main Street is a federal 501(c)3 organization.