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'Eight-ring circus' of music, art to take over downtown Lorain this fall

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    Fireworks explode out of the firefish creation as dancers from Fire and Light Performing Arts put on a show for spectators during the inaugural FireFish Festival in 2015.



LORAIN — As the FireFish Festival moves into its third year, it’s doubling in size and — with several stages throughout the downtown area — it will accommodate more musical acts than in years past.

Event executive eirector James Levin said the festival, which will begin Oct. 6, will kick off with a concert on the event’s main stage.

“That’s located in the parking lot of the old Lorain post office at Broadway and Eighth Street,” he said. “I’ve driven past it quite a bit and I noticed the old loading dock would make the perfect stage.”

The Friday concert, which will run 5-11 p.m. will feature music artists DJ RoRo, La Fuego Grupo, Wrecking Crew Red Panda Bears and Black Horse.

“All of the visual art galleries are going to be open on Friday as well,” Levin said. “Some of them are going to be projecting on the buildings as a cool piece of visual art. But the bands that are lined up for Friday are amazing. They all have their own style that is really going to get everyone up and dancing.”

Levin said Saturday is really going to be the “eight-ring circus” that festivalgoers have come to expect from FireFish with all of the art galleries open along Broadway in every available nook and cranny.

“The highlight, of course, will be the procession of the fish through downtown,” he said. “It will be magnificent in a New Orleans kind of way that will culminate in the burning of the fish.”

Levin said the fish, which is designed in the steam punk theme by students in the Lorain County Community College STEAM program, will burn on dry land this year after burning it on the Black River last year proved to be “a logistical nightmare.”

Concerts on Oct. 7 will begin at 2 p.m. at the main stage and three others throughout downtown Lorain, including ones sponsored by the BRIAR, the Lorain Arts Council and The Chronicle-Telegram.

A full version of the festival’s music schedule can be found online.

Levin said the rest of the festival will feature different types of art including theater and dance and that the entire thing will be a celebration of diversity.

“I’m just so pleased with this way this is shaping up already,” he said. “I’m so grateful for the way the businesses and people along Broadway have opened up their spaces to us and are really going above and beyond to transform the area into an arts destination.”

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or Follow her on Twitter @KatieHNix.

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