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A Scaled-Back Panoply Returns to Downtown Huntsville April 23-25
Decatur, Ala. – Art and music will come together next month when a scaled-back version of Panoply makes it way to downtown Huntsville. “A Taste of Panoply” will be held from April 23-25, 2021, in Big Spring Park and this year’s event will have a slightly different look from previous years while providing the community with an opportunity to safely interact to celebrate and support the arts community.
A Taste of Panoply welcomes 15 local and regional musical acts to the Panoply Showcase Stage and local and national artists to the Art Marketplace for all three days. Saturday and Sunday will feature demonstrations and takeaway activities for all ages on STEAM Street and at Creativity Corner. Panoply’s Friday night closes with a celebratory fireworks display.
The ticketed A Taste of Panoply Friday Festival Preview event kicks off with the Lamont Landers Band. Closing out the evening is Nashville-based headlining act The War And Treaty. Saturday’s lineup features local and regional talent throughout the day including the following acts: Tyler A.K., Them Damn Dogs, WANDA, Joe Cagle, DMRSoul and Lana White. Saturday night, the Unique Live Band will open for the headlining act The Vegabonds. On Sunday, A Taste of Panoply celebrates a day of Alabama music, featuring a full-day lineup of artists from North Alabama with the following acts: Cotton and Clover, Alan Little and the Giants, Ally Cat and the Stray Dogs, Midlife Chrysler and The Beasley Brothers. A playlist of this year’s musicians is available at artshuntsville.org.
On Saturday and Sunday, STEAM Street will feature an art of science microscope exhibit and takeaway STEAM activities including hovercrafts, creative catapults and binary beads and Creativity Corner will offer an in-park art scavenger hunt and takeaway art activities for kids and families to create at home. Regional artists will offer live demonstrations at the Arts in Action tents on Saturday and Sunday, giving festivalgoers a first-hand look at art processes from Green Pea Press, Cigar Box Guitars and Angel Jordan in the genres of printing, playing and scarf dyeing.
This year the juried Art Marketplace will welcome over 100 professional visual artists, many of whom have not had the opportunity to sell their work at festivals for over a year. One of the most popular features of the festival, the Art Marketplace features a variety of mediums including jewelry, sculpture, clay, glass, metal, fiber, two-dimensional and mixed media paintings.
Festivalgoers can enjoy creative culinary creations alongside the diverse array of art and music as the festival will also showcase 13 regional food trucks and vendors. Festival patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on, while social distancing,
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, A Taste of Panoply is designed to limit touchpoints and close contact among festivalgoers. With this change, only Panoply’s Friday evening event will be ticketed at $20 per person. Tickets will be available until April 23 at 9 a.m. or when capacity is reached. The Friday Night Festival Preview will allow a limited number of attendees first access to shop the Art Marketplace and enjoy live music followed by fireworks. Saturday and Sunday are free for the public to attend with a suggested donation of $10 per adult.
Festival hours are Friday, April 23, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Art Marketplace closes at 7:30 p.m.); and Sunday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is currently planned as a masked event. There will only be two public entrances to the event – one on Monroe Street and one on Williams Avenue.
For more information, to volunteer, or to purchase tickets for the Friday Festival Preview, please visit the Arts Huntsville website at www.artshuntsville.org. For the latest updates, follow @artshuntsville on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.