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  • Courtesy Australian singer Bill Chambers will headline Meraki Fest on Sunday.

Friday, December 01, 2017 1:00 am

Music, arts on display at Meraki Fest

If you go

What: Meraki Fest

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Phoenix, 1122 Broadway

Admission: $10 advance, $14 door, $5 children 12 and younger;

Meraki Fest is an idea that's really taken off since TK Kelly began organizing it just a few weeks ago.

The Vaudeville-themed music and arts festival happening Sunday began when Kelly heard Australian country-roots musician Bill Chambers was looking for a venue in the area.

Kelly used to tour with a band opening for Chambers' daughter, so he tried to help out. Soon, the list of acts interested in being involved in the show grew so much that a second stage has been added at The Phoenix.

“Meraki” is a Greek word that describes actions done with soul, creativity and/or love, according to a media release for the event.

In addition to Chambers, there will be local music acts such as Trip the Dog and Pop n Fresh. Kelly will perform with Jessica Brita-Segyde.

There will be busker and stage acts like comedy and fire dancing. Most of the event is all-ages, but there will be a 21-and-older tented-patio area featuring female impersonators and a burlesque show by the Velvet Gypsies.

Kelly says there is something for everyone at the show including face painting for kids and special cocktails designed by Hotel Tango.

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette