Sam Johnson, also known as ‘Slackwire Sam’, will be on hand to entertain Manchester Streetfest goers on Friday, August 15. In season eight of the television show, ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Johnson, a Vermonter, made it to the quarter-final round with his feats of acrobatic skill on a slackwire. Juggling and unicycle riding atop the wire and his humorous dialog will have onlookers gasping for breath and laughing at his antics.
Johnson ran away from his Burlington home at age 14 and joined a circus (during the summers, with his parents’ permission). There he was mashed and molded into a performer by coaches from the famed Moscow Circus, and soon Sam found himself performing dangerous stunts atop an 80-foot sway-pole. Joining Johnson on the Main Street stage will be the six-piece Irish band, Get Up Jack. Called a joyous, retro-romp of energetic and charismatic performers in Irish music, their soaring vocals and enthusiastic performances have drawn comparisons to the old-school groups of their youth (like The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and The Wolfe Tones), yet it is their own unique instrumentation, style and delivery that makes them a one-of-a-kind experience.
StreetFest will be held on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free to the event, which offers live music, performances, food, wine and beer, displays of craft and specialty products, and Manchester Historical Society’s restored antique fire pumper. Activities just for kids will be provided by The Downtown School, Northshire Day School and Bogate Studio. For more information email [email protected] or call 802-362-5333.