Fire & Ice entertainment includes dancers, live bands, and a spinning fire girl

By on February 11, 2015

This weekend the Fire & Ice will transform the coolest small town into the hottest venue for live art in Lancaster County. With local music acts, fire spinning, dancing in the street and live ice sculpting, downtown Lititz is prepared to party.

Friday night, 5 to 9 p.m., kicks off the event with ice sculptures, dancers and vendors lining Main and Broad streets, and Lititz Springs Park, for a block party. Pulse Dance Studio, located in Lititz, will have four dance teams performing on the street with shows scheduled at 6, 6:30, 7:30, and 8 p.m.

Jesse Baker (left) on bass and Justin Burgess on guitar.

Jesse Baker (left) on bass and Justin Burgess on guitar.

Participating in the festival for several years, owner Jennifer Olsen is very excited. She is hopeful the weather will hold out.

“We’ve been through it all at this point,” said Olsen, having experienced warm weather melting the sculptures to a snow covered wonderland throughout the history of the festival.

The dancers will range in age and abilities, and every group at the school from minis to seniors will be represented. They will be performing modified routines of things they’ve already done before so that it is safe for the street.

Dance routines will be performed to high energy music such as Bruno Mars, Beyonce, and Pitbull. Pulse will also be set up with information about the school. They’ll be DJing music and have a light show from their stand.

Some students are repeat festival stars. “There are a lot of them that religiously do it every year,” said Olsen. “Around January, they ask about doing it.”

A short walk to the park will offer a display of more sculptures and live music. Jesse Baker is organizing the music in the tent. Having attended the festival last year to see his friend’s band, he really wanted to be involved this year, so The Jesse Baker Band will be performing. The band has evolved over the years, and in the past has opened for York band Kingsfoil, which Baker said was a big moment for them.

“We’re playing a whole set of music we haven’t played before,” said Baker, lead vocals and bass. He’s been working on a lot of new music with an authentic sound. The more he writes songs, “the better that I am at saying what I want to say through lyrics,” he said.

The Separators go on stage in the party tent at 6 p.m

The Separators go on stage in the party tent at 6 p.m

Band members include drummer Mike Shenk, Justin Burgess on guitar, Jacob Lewis on lights and production, and Benjamin Bachman mixing sound. The band is based out of Lancaster, and they have invited some of the most talented musicians they know to join them in Lititz Springs Park. Learn more about them at jessebaker.net.

The lineup includes The Earl’s Court at 5 p.m., The Separators at 6 p.m., Jesse Baker Band at 7 p.m., and Daily Grind at 8 p.m.

The Earl’s Court, a quartet based out of Elizabethtown, bill themselves as “minstrels of progressive rock.” Their music includes both covers and original tunes. A recent song of theirs, “Baby Come Back to Me,” has its roots in the Song of Solomon. The band maintains a Facebook page at facebook.com/TheEarlsCourt.

The Earl’s Court opens at 5 p.m.

The Earl’s Court opens at 5 p.m.

“Their sound is reminiscent of post-punk greats,” said Fig Magazine about The Separators, who hail from Lancaster. They are an alternative rock band, bringing a progressive sound to classic rock style. The band features brothers Alex Abel (guitar), Matt Abel (drums), and front man Colin Deery (vocals, bass). The Separators’ evolving sound keeps their fans eagerly listening for what’s next. Learn more at theseparators.com.

Closing out the live action in Lititz Springs Park Friday night will be the Daily Grind at 8 p.m.

Closing out the live action in Lititz Springs Park Friday night will be the Daily Grind at 8 p.m.

Daily Grind, of Pittsburgh, wraps up the evening. The band includes Brad Hammer (guitar, lead vocals), Matt Majot (bass, vocals) and Myles Mahoney (lead guitar, vocals). They count among their influences the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls. Visit dailygrindmusic.com to learn more.

Music will be presented in a heated tent across the creek from the bandshell stage.

Beware of spinning fire! Lauren Mullis will perform the art of poi, which involves spinning chained weights rhythmically into patterns in the air. Hers will just happen to have fire burning on the ends, creating a magical trail of fiery shapes as she performs her fire dance.

Lenay Ruhl is a local freelance entertainment writer for the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback at lenay.ruhl@gmail.com.

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