Jazz Festival to Commemorate History of Carver Street

By Cloe Johnson, The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News.

The Myrtle Beach street that was once visited by Billie Holiday, Little Richard and Marvin Gaye will host a jazz festival for the first time this fall.

The first Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival will close Carver Street to traffic from 18th Avenue North to 21st Avenue North on Oct. 1. The event is expected to bring 1,500-2,000 participants, and will feature a beer garden, food vendors, live entertainment and shag dancing.

“We are involved in the resurrection of our community, and we are using the entertainment venue as a springboard to bring life back to this community,” Herbert Riley, president of the Carver Street Economic Renaissance Corp., said Tuesday morning at a city council workshop. “This has got big buzz in the community. It gives us a chance to have vendors on Carver Street, which is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time.”

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