After enduring one hot, slow Lake Worth summer, bar owner Matt Krug and his business partner Jon Jordan have no intention of sweating out a second.
Instead, the owners of the live music venue Propaganda have organized their own three-Sunday street festival on Lake Avenue and J Street. Called the Summer Daze Concert Series, their festival began Sunday and continues on July 14 and July 28 with an outdoor pool party, live bands and some serious urban chill.
“Lake Worth needed this,” Krug said. “Our city doesn’t have the budget to plan street festivals; the recreation department is one guy.”
In the all-ages area outside their bar, about 500 people grooved to a series of reggae bands, between watching a bikini fashion show and cheering on a strange urban sport called wakeskating. It’s a cross between a spring-loaded water ski course and a wet skateboard park.
“This is great,” said Max Blakesberg, a 16-year-old Boca Raton wakeskater who expertly maneuvered his wide board down a pool, across a platform and into another pool. He kept at it most of the day, until a leak in one of the pools forced an hourlong hiatus. The reggae band South Side Dub kept the party going.
Inside the bar, Propaganda, 18-year-olds were allowed in, and besides air conditioning, there was more loud, live rock, with bands Aces and Eights and 1Hitleft. And everywhere, there was one-of-a-kind tattoo and piercing artistry on display.
Felicia Falsia, 18, of West Palm Beach, showed off bats flying across her clavicles, explaining her nickname was Bat Girl. Along her legs, she-demons shared space with a mermaid, all of them her own designs.
“I taught myself how to draw,” said Falsia, a cosmetology student. She gratefully accepted a cold non-alcoholic ginger beer from a vendor promising that it cured upset stomachs.
“That’s my girl,” smiled Krug. “I know those tattoos well.”
In addition to the music, vendors Nomad Surf Shop and Wonderland offered swag and shopping. Over the three Sundays, a total of 45 bands will perform. Krug and Jordan are performers themselves and said they launched the bar and the concert series to highlight local acts.
“After Spanky’s closed there was no place for us to play,” he said. They bought Propaganda, toned down the whole Josef Stalin theme and turned up the music.
“We thought, ‘We gotta do something to wake the city up,’” Krug added.