The 31st annual Dancin in the Street (DITS) festival will kick off Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am at the Beaches Town Center, located at the ocean end of Atlantic Boulevard. Events for the one-day festival are scheduled from 11:00am – 9:00pm. For the past thirty one years, Dancin in the Street has been attracting event-goers from all over Jacksonville as a result of the festival’s entertainment, food and drink options, Kid Zone, and arts and crafts exhibitors.

Beaches Town Center Agency is the official sponsor of Dancin in the Street; the agency’s board members are responsible for all sales of bricks, 31st Annual DITS apparel, and frozen drinks. As the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, monies raised from Dancin’ in the Street contribute to the ongoing beautification projects to continuously improve the Atlantic and Neptune Beach central business district.



Whitewater: 11:30am Whitewater is a local beaches band that has been playing with this configuration of players for a few months, but has played together in various forms for multiple years. Whitewater consists of Lee Kuhn on guitar and lead vocals, Alex McIntyre on bass and vocals and Jayson Carter on drums. Whitewater plays a mix of originals and covers, many influenced by the blues and rock and roll greats. This is their first, and hopefully not last, performance at Dancin’ in the Street.

Five O’Clock Shadow: 12:30pm Five O'Clock Shadow is a party band based out of Jacksonville, FL. The band is composed of seasoned musicians who love to play music and have a great time doing it! No songs are off limits. As long as its fun and upbeat they will play it! Their genres range from rock, pop, dance, funk, hip-hop and alt-rock. Bob Arndt is on lead vocals and guitar, Andy O'Connell on lead guitar and vocals, Mike Beckley on percussion and vocals and Jason Ramsey on bass and vocals. Check out the band at

Briteside: 1:30pm Briteside is a six-member band delivering high-energy, action-packed, unforgettable performances. Jam out to the best dance music from every era – from pop, rock and funk to soul, R&B and hip-hop. Briteside’s talent and showmanship is only equaled by its nonstop energy, making it the stand-alone best party band around. With dual male and female vocalists, no genre is safe. No other band makes you sing along louder, dance harder and scream “I love this song!” more than Briteside! Often imitated, never duplicated.

The Party Cartel: 2:30pm After bouncing around in the back streets and ghettos of such rough places as Avondale, Ponte Vedra, Mandarin, and Queen's Harbour, 4 of the local heavies come together to form a new kind of cartel... a Party Cartel. Everybody needs to get their dance on and these wiseguys are dealing their music wares to the people! Buster, on lead vocals, has shed his jumpsuit and mohawk in exchange for some Pimp Daddy good looks behind the microphone. Metro is on lead guitar. His musical talents have taken him all over the country, or at least from Atlantic Beach to St. Augustine. And, he just finished playing guitar on yet another world tour of Nocatee. Rev, on bass, lays the bass lines that are smooth like butta... and da folks be freakin'... and da audience was laid to the bone. And then there's Leroy G. Leroy…never really learned to play drums. Always known for his clumsiness, he "tripped over" his first drum kit when he was nine...and it sounded AMAZING...and he's been doing damage to drum kits ever since. Now these funk brokers of love get to fulfill a life long dream of dealin' it out on the streets of Neptune Beach. Ladies and gentlemen, you wanted the best, but they couldn’t be here…so please welcome THE PARTY CARTEL!!!

Solar Tide: 3:30pm Solar Tide is a stylish trio based in Jacksonville, Fla., performing pure acoustic versions of some of your favorite songs – from the 70's to modern hits. Vocals, acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin and percussion make up the sound that is Solar Tide. Members Sarah, Chad and Chris will put on a great show, whether it is at a backyard party or on a big stage. Get ready to party with Solar Tide!

Bad Habits: 4:30pm The Bad Habits are a three-piece trio that covers everything from Aerosmith and Jack Johnson to Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top. Veteran musicians Spencer Gregg (guitar/vox) and Billy Smith (bass/vox) have teamed up with groove master Dylan Smith (drums) to be the host of the party wherever they play and always invite assorted singers and musicians to come up and jam and join in the fun. Who else has the balls...I mean audacity to play Sublime, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, Prince, Joe Walsh, Chili Peppers, Skynyrd and Stevie Wonder in the same set but the...BAD HABITS.

Bay Street: 5:30pm BayStreet was formed in 1987. In the beginning, John Miller and the boys were propagating the Blues, which was an almost non-existent art form way back in the ‘80s. Over the years, the group became well known for genre-bending exploration of R&B, Rock, Soul, Jazz, Jam, Pop, and all points in between.  BayStreet has been named three times as Jacksonville's favorite band by three different publications. They have been awarded the Key to the City of Jacksonville Beach for their charitable efforts. Over the years, they have released five recordings, and their set lists routinely include a healthy dose of BayStreet tunes together with tasty covers. Many established bands have chosen BayStreet as an opening act, including B.B. King, Styx, Kenny Loggins, Koko Taylor, Badfinger, The Drifters, Three Dog Night, The Family Stone, Modern English, Waylon Jennings and many more. While usually performing in the northeast Florida region, the band has toured as far as the San Francisco Bay Area, The Bahamas, Virginia, and the Carolinas.


Kim Reteguiz & The Black Cat Bones: 12:00pm Hailed by Florida Jazz & Blues Magazine as "uniquely Floridian", KIM RETEGUIZ & The Black Cat Bones are known for their high energy hybrid Blues sound, which is a mix of Funk, Soul, Gospel and Latin Flavors with classic r&b and southern Blues.  They bring with them a book of relatable originals like festival favorite “No More Lettuce” and soon to be released single “Florida Rain” that will tug at your heartstrings one moment, and make you laugh the next.  Meanwhile, they’re known for making timeless covers like “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield, Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” and Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” their own.  Black Cat Bones front-woman Kim Reteguiz is known in the region as a powerhouse singer reminiscent of many juke joint divas before her like Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin.  Kim and her band of bones which includes Jared Bell, Shawn Pfaffman, Bernard Johnson, Dorian Lopez, Jerell Harris, Kent McKinney and Eve Rojas are two time winners of the Springing the Blues George’s Featured Artist title and Kim is the 2015 Jax Idol Winner.  Just back from Memphis, TN, Kim and her duo partner/BCB Music director Shawn Pfaffman are 2017 semi-finalist title winners for the 33rd annual International Blues Challenge.   Kim Reteguiz & The Black Cat Bones first LP titled Leavin’, produced by Christopher Flowers of A1A studios, drops Spring of 2017. An IBC piano/vocal duo EP titled Cover Me, with Kim Reteguiz and Shawn Pfaffman has just been released.  Find out show schedules and more at

Mojo Roux: 1:00pm Mojo Roux is lead by award-winning singer and songwriter J.R. Roberts. J.R. has toured nationally and has won top independent label award for best Christian album of the year. A lively mix of Blues and R&B steeped in deep Southern roots, the band also consists of members Johnny Piantadosi, Barry Rapp, Tommy Gilstrap and Sammy Buonocore.

Bonnie Blue: 2:00pm Bonnie Blue proudly hails from the state of Florida, and continues to bring their formula of old-fashioned rock, country, soul, and blues to a steady growing fan base in the southeast.  Founded by guitarist and singer/songwriter Bradley Churchman, as well as drummer Jeremy Mayr, Bonnie Blue's take on original rock has earned them spots at popular music festivals like Magnolia Fest, Wanee, Swamptown Get Down, Jax Beach festivals, and many others. The newest additions to the band include Will Gore on vocals and guitar- a Georgia native and guitarist well known for his contributions to the band Soul Gravy. The bass is held down by Adam Kenneway, formerly of the North Florida Band Squeedlepuss, and a graduate of The University of North Florida with a jazz degree. The line-up wraps up with John Wilson on keyboards and vocals, who contributes to the local Jacksonville music scene with his take on rock and blues piano, as well as the founding of Rhythm & Keys Music School. With the mantra, "the music never stops", Bonnie Blue continues to soar high with a strong collection of original tunes, an infectious and organic live act, and an understanding of the importance of paying homage to the great ones of the past.             

Smokestack: 3:00pm One of NE Florida's most prominent up and coming bands. Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, Smokestack is deeply rooted in the blues, a constant leading band in their area for representing Jax's blues scene.

Ramona Quimby Band: 4:00pm Ramona Quimby Band founded in 2012, is a contemporary jazz force to be reckoned with. Entertaining and Technically masterful this group has won Delta's Grammy Contest, NPR best of 2016, Sing Out Loud Festival "What's Hot" Contest. They are on the rise and dropping their first full-length original album July 4, 2017. The band spans from a core Duo with Jeanetta Salyer and Alberto Cebollero at the helm, to a 9-piece Big Band complete with horn section. We make the people dance!

Gov Club: 5:00pm
Gov Club is a funktacularly jazztastic rock band that makes music with you in mind. They’ve traveled near and far, busting out sweet, sensual grooves for anyone who will listen, and they’ve finally made it home to you. You are Gov Club’s muse--their reason for doing what they do and being who they are. Go ahead… have a slice. All you need is Gov. 

The Corbitt Clampitt Experience: 6:00pm The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience is a newly reimagined blues southern rock and soul explosion coming out of NE Florida. Isaac Corbitt, Brandon Buck, and John Alessandrini II have found harmony in joining with Jacksonville Florida native guitarist and vocalist, Brady Clampitt. Hanging onto southern roots and rock tradition, the group has quickly picked up momentum and been on display on the “Campfires and All Nighters Tour” Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida launched in November 2015.

Lucky Stiff:  7:00pm Lucky Stiff is Billy Smith, Jim Rohl, and Moker Jarrett, Jimmy Gilbert & Scott Carpenter (although Dylan Smith is filling in for Jim Rohl this year). They bring over 150 years combined experience performing live music to the Jacksonville and the Beaches area. The band plays anything rock and roll, from every generation, and WILL BRING THE PARTY TO YOU!

Austin Park: 8:20pm
Austin Park is a Modern Rock/ Country band from Jacksonville, FL, formed by singer/songwriter Jeff Congo and drummer, Tim Crawford. Whether performing at festivals, clubs, or as direct support for a national act, the audience can expect a high energy, interactive and memorable experience! Since forming in 2005, the band has performed over 1,000 shows in venues like Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN, The Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, FL and GTMO Navy Base – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and has provided direct support for a list of national recording artists. A mid-summer trip performing a showcase at the World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN proved a worthwhile trip. Shortly after, the band began working with well-known Nashville producers Scott Fairclough (Lifehouse), Sal Oliveri (P!nk, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood) and Mills Logan (Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Cole Swindell), on their debut EP. Their lead off single, “Life In Dixie” (Congo, Fairclough), gained airplay on Georgia’s Z94.5FM, and their follow up (2) singles, “12 Ticks to Midnight,” and “Invisible,” both gained airplay on major country radio stations around the southeast. The band has since been spending their time traveling to Nashville to finish recording songs for their full length EP, due for release in the summer of 2017.


What's happening in the 31st annual Dancin in the Streets™ Kid Zone? 

The Kid Zone is in a NEW location…so there was a bit more room to mingle with friends!

Putt Putt Golf returns, as well as the small Ferris Wheel and SIX inflatables: the popular Jouster, Bungee Run, Obstacle challenge course for BIG kids and a toddler obstacle for the little ones, a Giant Slide and a Moonwalk… AND the Hamster Ball debuts in the Kid Zone as well.

Face painting will be a spotlight in the kid zone, provided by AirTatBodyArt, as well as the return of the CRAZY hair station with lots of colored hair sprays.

Some FUN new games and crafts this year with lots of opportunity to win toys, candy and more! 

Ice cold bottled water, Gatorade and snow cones will be sold in the Kid Zone!

Tickets are sold in the Kid Zone:  $1 a ticket or 20 tickets for $15. Wristbands sold for $15 for endless turns on the six inflatables; everything else will be pay per play.

As always, the Kid Zone has many of our local families volunteering; the organizations they volunteer for share in the proceeds of the Kid Zone. Last year, the groups earned over $4000 for their clubs, teams and organizations that volunteered to make this the best festival of the year! This year includes: Mayport Middle NJHS, San Pablo Elementary PTA, FHS Interact Club, FHS Girls Tennis, FHS Law Team, FHS mu Alpha Theta and FHS French Honor Society.



  • Moonwalk
  • Giant Slide
  • Challenge Obstacle Course
  • Toddler Obstacle Course
  • Bungee Run
  • Jouster


  • Putt Putt Golf - three tickets
  • Ferris Wheel - four tickets
  • Crazy Hair Station - one to three tickets
  • Hamster Ball - three tickets


  • Foil Fish Craft
  • Seaside Mobile Craft
  • Rock Art
  • Duck Duck Match
  • Ball in Basket Game
  • Crazy Hair Station
  • Penny Drop Game
  • Fish Cup Game
  • Go Fish Game
  • Yahtzee




Bottle water & Gatorade: One ticket
Snow cones: Three tickets

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