Philadelphia funk and local hip-hop, blues, alternative, "newgrass" and contemporary folk music acts will share the block with artists, art projects and a pair of plush, wisecracking, bluegrass-singing puppets in the inaugural Alhambra Arts & Music Fest. The festival, launched on the 100th birth year of the Alhambra Theater, will feature more than a dozen music acts and about the same number of artists, along with food, beverage and hands-on art activities.
Organizers intend to stage the event annually to raise money to help remodel and restore the 1913 theater. They also want to bring people to the hub of Evansville's Arts District, said Heidi Krause, the festival coordinator.
The festival will begin Friday with live music and with food from the Pizza Revolution food truck from 6 to 11 p.m. The first night's music lineup will feature the Honey Vines (5 p.m.), Rigdon and Gatewood (7-7:45 p.m.), Lightmares (8 to 8:45 p.m.), Thunder Dreamer (9 to 9:45 p.m.) and Cas One (10 to 11 p.m.). The Bokeh Lounge also will offer drinks.
Saturday's music will kickoff at noon with the Boom Squad, Evansville's youth percussion ensemble. Beumont Grinn, the plush puppet duo of guitarist Little Jimmy Beumont and washboard player ZZ Grinn, will shuck cornball humor and play old-timey and bluegrass tunes at 12:30 p.m. Their puppeteers, Warren Hayes and Fred Hillenbrand, will bring out Nubis and Owl, a pair of 14-foot- tall pole puppets, to dance with other acts.
Saturday's lineup will continue with Salt the Earth (1 to 2:30 p.m.), Kennedy Rose (2:45 to 3:45 p.m.), Rhythmic Roots (4 to 4:30 p.m.), No Thanks (5 to 5:45 p.m.), Jake Tapley (6 to 7:15 p.m.), The Phoenix Down (7:30 to 9 p.m.) and the Dirk Quinn Band from Philadelphia (9:15 to 11 p.m.).
Three food trucks - Chomp, Mexellent Grill and the Pizza Revolution - will serve Saturday's audience, and area businesses including the Bokeh Lounge
Madeleine's and Penny Lane will offer their own food and beverages.
A dozen members of the Arts Council of Doom will show and sell, and some will present demonstrations. Participating artists will include Gary Logan Hobdy, Derek Wirth, Steven Wade Freeman, Amerikant, Dene Stephens, Matt Perez, Scott Scheller, Christopher Wilke, Stephanie Osborne, Sara Rappee, Melissa Erwin, Esoterica Emma and the Burnt Prairie Print Shop.
Offerings will include graffiti art, sound sculpture and interactive art.
Children's activities will run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Children can roll around inside Zorbs, giant inflatable balls, provided from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday by Xtreme Action Rental.
An indoor gallery show will open from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. And Monkey Hollow Winery will serve regional vintages at an indoor gallery exhibition from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Admission to the Alhambra Arts & Music Fest is $10 per day or $15 for both days.
Krause doesn't know how much money the inaugural festival might bring for the historic theater restoration. Regardless, she and other volunteers pitching in on the program plan to reprise it annually to promote the neighborhood, local businesses and all the other activities that go on there.
"We want to show people we really do have a beautiful Arts District and that the neighborhood is slowly growing," said Krause.
IF YOU GO
What: the Alhambra arts & Music fest, an event featuring music, art, food and Children's crafts and activities
When: 6 to 11 p.m., Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Second Street and Adams Avenue Tickets: $10 a day, $15 for both days for adults, free for children 12 and younger.
Information: For maps, schedules and other information, visit the Alhambra theater's facebook page or Alhambraartsandmusicfestival. tumblr.com
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