By Amanda Rogers
After seven months of pandemic, downtown Mansfield is getting ready to party again.
Music Alley kicks off on Main Street at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 with music, food and artists. The event is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-alley-tickets-116513106839?aff=ebdssbeac
“Only 1,500 people will be allowed at one time, per the fire department,” said Ann Beck, marketing and communications manager for Mansfield Park & Recreation. “We will have two entrances (one at Broad and Main streets and one at Smith and Oak streets). We will have people there with clickers. If we know that 400 have gone in, but 300 have left, we can open it to more people.”
The headliner this year will be Randall King, “a rising country star,” Beck said. “My teen-age daughters were really excited about it. We don’t really have a theme, just fun.”
King will perform on the Main Stage at 8:30 p.m. Stages will be set up at The LOT Downtown, Oak and Main streets and Broad and Main streets to keep the action flowing through the evening. Hula dancers will twirl fire, Rising Phoenix dancers will do the Lion Dance, jugglers, magicians, and an interactive story teller will perform, in addition to local dance groups.
The All Funk Radio Show will get loud at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Stage with a little bit of everything – Aretha Franklin to Katy Perry covers – and trumpets and electric guitars.
Artists will set up their wares, plus there will be food trucks and a beer tent, Beck said.
Parking will be available at Heritage Baptist Church, and city lots downtown. Music Alley is a joint venture with the city, Mansfield Commission for the Arts and Mansfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Here’s the music lineup:
5:30 PM - David Slick (Juggler & Magician)
6:00 PM - Oba William King (Interactive Musical Storyteller)
6:30 PM - All Funk Radio Show
8:00 PM - Grace Evangelista Hula and Fire Show
8:30 PM - Randall King
4:00 PM - David Slick
4:30 PM - Oba William King
4:45 PM - Destiny Music Studio Singers
6:00 PM - Magnificent Theater Company
7:30 PM - Oba William King
9:30 PM - David Slick LED Light Show
4:00 PM - Family Dream Center
5:45 PM - Movement Academy
7:00 PM - Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association
8:45 PM - Grace Evangelista Hula and Fire Show
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