to the 30th edition of the Adams Avenue Roots Festival. This year's festival will mark the tenth
year that it's held on Adams Avenue
after a long residence at San Diego State University. Then known as the San Diego Folk Festival,
it was founded by San Diego music archivist and promoter Lou Curtiss, who is currently a member
on the Board of Directors of the Adams Avenue Business Association, producers of the festival.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Adams Avenue Business Association (AABA), I want to express our appreciation to residents and visitors to Normal Heights for supporting the festival.
I also want to thank the good people at the San Diego Troubadour for their
heart-felt and hard-working collaboration on this issue of the publication, which is serving
as the program for the Roots Festival. In particular I want to thank Kent Johnson, Liz Abbott,
and Lyle and Ellen Duplessie for making this effort a success.
Kudos also go to Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts Rare Records, who
selects all the performers for the festival. Long before the recent revival and interest in
traditional music, Lou was steadfastly promoting "roots music" and educating San Diegans about it.
The Adams Avenue Business Association wants to express its gratitude to our San
Diego City Council Representative Toni Atkins for her vigorous support of the small business
community, and for the AABA and the Roots Festival in particular. She and her staff, which
includes Kim Craig, Steve Russell, George Biagi, and Cheli Mohammed, have been central to the
success of the AABA's community revitalization efforts.
The Roots Festival is also made possible thanks to the support of our
sponsors. These include KPRI radio, Samuel Adams beer, the City of San Diego Commission
for Arts and Culture, Jazz 88, Inn Suites hotel, the County of San Diego, and the San Diego
A heaping helping of gratitude goes to the Board of Directors of the Adams
Avenue Business Association, which heartily endorses and actively supports the Roots Festival
and the Street Fair in September.
A central goal of the Adams Avenue Roots Festival is to provide visitors and
residents with a standout cultural event that all San Diegans can all be proud of. We sincerely
hope you enjoy yourselves and we look forward to your return to walk, shop, and dine on Adams Avenue.
The Adams Avenue Business Association also wants to let you about new businesses in the commercial district: These include:
- Country Kabob, 3375 Adams Ave. (563-6300) Greek and Middle-Eastern food
- Fine Living, 3938 Adams Ave. (528-8138) Flourishes and design for home and garden
- Hummingbird Confections, 3311A Adams Ave. (569-6500) Pastries, desserts, and catering
- Kadan, 4696 30th St. (640-2500) Classy neighborhood pub
- KYK, 3311 B Adams Ave.(255-5314) Martial arts studio
- Spill the Beans, 4677 30th St. (283-2326) Gourmet coffees, sandwiches, and a patio
- Radiant Custom Lighting, 3463 Adams Ave. (542-0607)
Adams Avenue Business Association