Idlewild Music Fest will move back to Williams Island

IDLEWILD — The Idlewild Music Fest will offer two nights of musical performances, food, vendors and a chance to honor the musical roots of the community.

The annual event will be held July 11 and 12 and will move back to Williams Island, after being held last year on the grounds of the Morton Motel.

Katena Abraham, the event’s chairperson, said music has a long, rich history in Idlewild.

“It’s important to keep that spirit alive,” Abraham said. “This is a great event for tourists and for the businesses here in town.”

The 11th annual Idlewild Music Fest will begin with a free gospel concert from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 11. Idlewild native Christopher Kingdom-Grier will perform.

The second day of the festival will begin at 3 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday are $15 when purchased in advance and $20 at the gate. The gate will open at 1 p.m.

Cynthia Davis, Danrell Kendricks, Tricia Moore Quintet and Dr. Walker and the Reality Band will perform on Saturday, playing soul, jazz, gospel and numerous other types of music.

The festival will have a variety of food available to purchase from vendors, along with arts and craft vendors. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to the event, which Abraham hopes will draw about 500 to 600 people.

Abraham, of Idlewild, has been on the event’s committee for three years, but this is her first year as chairperson. She is thrilled to see the festival moved back to Williams Island.

“I’m so happy we are back on the beautiful island,” she said. “I didn’t want to see the event fade away after it wasn’t held there. That partly drove me to come back and do it and so far, with the help and support of the community, I’m feeling good and hoping it will be a success.”

For more information about the Idlewild Music Fest or to purchase tickets, visit idlewildmusicfest.org.