WESTERLY — Aztec Two-Step, the American folk-rock band named after a line from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, will perform in Misquamicut Saturday night as part of the ninth annual Springfest, a three-day extravaganza filled with music, food, carnival rides and a sky-high Ferris wheel … all in the state beach parking lot.
The festival, sponsored by the Misquamicut Business Association, will include all the ever-popular Rockwell amusements, tons of great local food trucks, knocker ball, high flying Acrobatrix, a Lemon Car Show, karate demonstrations, rides and activities for the whole family, association president Caswell Cooke Jr. said in a statement.
Besides a full lineup of entertainment on two stages, Springfest will include “four hundred feet of fantastic food to feast upon,” Cooke added, “with the Food Truck Rodeo and a cornucopia of seafood,” plus “a chock-full midway of rides and games.”
The summer kicks off on Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m., Cooke said, when “Dirty Deeds rock the stage AC/DC style. From then, until Sunday at 5 p.m., he said, “Springfest will feature high-gear entertainment.”
Aztec Two-Step was founded in 1971 by Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman at a chance meeting on an open stage at a Boston coffee house, the Stone Phoenix.
Fowler, who grew up in Connecticut and Maine, and Shulman, who grew up in Manhattan, said the band was named after a line from a poem that appeared in Ferlinghetti’s “A Coney Island of the Mind.”
Until Shulman’s recent retirement, the two musicians spent a lifetime making music together. With four-plus decades as staples of progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, they impressed audiences with “intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies,” according to a release. The duo has performed worldwide, been critically acclaimed in major U.S. newspapers, has been reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including “The King Biscuit Flour Hour” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” They recently regrouped as Aztec Two-Step 2.0 and were joined by Peter Hohmeister on drums, Chris Coogan on keyboards and Dodie Pettit on acoustic guitar.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro