Boogieing for a cause: Arts Council hopes to raise money for programs with ‘Music in the Street’


Next weekend, area residents will have the chance to dance the night away by the Sacramento River, while helping the a local non-profit reach its fundraising goals.

The Colusa County Arts Council is hosting its inaugural “Music in the Street” fundraiser on Saturday, July 14, the proceeds from which will go toward matching grant funding of up to $20,000 from the California Arts Council State and Local Partnership Grant.

“We’ve already met part of that, but we still have a long way to go, and we have a year to do it,” said Sharon Reische, the event’s organizer and president of the Colusa County Arts Council. “This street dance is a way to get us closer to that number….This is our once-a-year, big fundraiser to help us fund arts education and appreciation throughout the county.”

Patrons will get to shake, rattle and roll to classic rock, pop, and a little bit of country, as performed by Granite Bay-based band ‘Ma Barker,’ from 7 PM to 11 PM that night. The event will take place on Main Street between 7th Street and 8th Street – where various groups, including the Colusa Rural Firefighters and the Colusa Floaters, have held street dances in the past, Reische and co-organizer Vicki Garofalo said. Both women noted that the summer street dance was a bygone tradition that the Arts Council and the community at large are happy to see revived.

“Everyone is so excited to have a street dance again,” Reische said.

Garofalo added that it has been more than 10 years since the Colusa Floaters last held one.

“We’re fortunate enough to have this outstanding venue offered to us, and we are lucky to have a number of local businesses helping to support the Colusa County Arts Council,” Garofalo said. “The Arts Council is happy to bring this fun tradition back to the city’s Riverfront District; there’s no better way to spend a warm July night in Colusa.”

The Arts Council’s last big fundraiser – Casa Blanca Nights – was held in May 2016, and was a huge success, Reische said, but added that she hoped this year’s ‘Music in the Street’ would draw an even larger crowd.

“We need this to be a big deal,” Reische said. “We’re going to have lights up, and really have some pizazz on the street in terms of decoration. We’re going to try to make it a really festive happening – to make it a class-act street dance.”

In addition to the music, the Tap Room will be selling beer for the 21-and-over event, and the Arts Council will be selling wine – much of it donated by local winery Grindstone Wines. For food, Russ Phillips will be serving up his famous “shaved tacos,” Reische said. Tickets to the event are $10 per person. Memberships to the Colusa County Arts Council will also be available for purchase, for an additional $10. Those interested in making a donation to the Arts Council may do so during the event as well.

“All donations will be greatly appreciated and gladly accepted,” Reische said.

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.