Historic downtown transforms into “Music Alley” this September

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A little bit country, a little bit rock & roll… plus a little bit of salsa, a little bit of hip-hop and a whole lot of arts & culture. It might sound like a crazy mix, but it’s all coming together in perfect harmony for the Mansfield’s newest event, Music Alley.

The one-day free music and arts festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 9, in Historic Downtown Mansfield. It will feature four stages of live music, artist exhibitions and plenty of food and drink to make for a fun, family-friendly hometown event celebrating all the arts our community has to offer. The festival is a joint effort between the city and the Mansfield Arts Commission, a new city board.

“The art commission exists to promote, support, enhance and expand arts and culture opportunities in Mansfield, which we believe improves the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” said Rosie Gilbert, cultural arts coordinator for the city. “The long-term goal is to build Mansfield into a regionally-recognized destination for cultural activities. This festival is a great way to bring a wide variety of art programming, including music, art, theater and dance, to Mansfield and make it accessible for everyone. We’ve built such a great variety of options; there truly will be something for everyone.”

Artists from around the area have been invited to participate in the live art exhibition, where each will create a painting or mixed media piece during the festival. Guests can watch the masterpiece unfold in real time, and bid to purchase the finished product. The Artist Alley features special guest Jimmy Don Holmes, a metal artist frequently featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” who will be on hand to meet fans and showcase his work.

Twinkle toes or two left feet? All are welcome to cut a rug on our 400 square-foot dance floor. Just before each band takes the stage, instructors will be on hand to teach basic dance steps in a variety of styles including country, salsa and swing.

Budding shutterbugs ages 5-100 can submit digital photographs to the Music Alley Photography Contest for a chance to win special prizes, as well as the recognition of having your work on display at the event. Photographs can be people, animals or landscapes – anything the artist feels represents Mansfield to them.

Historic Downtown Mansfield is known for its unique collection of murals that make great photo backdrops. Music Alley takes it to the next level, with dozens of floating mural walls in and around the festival, adding a splash of art to every corner of the space and serving as the perfect ‘selfie station’ for guests to take a photo. A few of these murals made their debut at Mansfield’s Rockin 4th of July and guests were already in selfie mode before the night was through.

The littlest artists have not been forgotten. The Kids Alley is jam packed with activities like magicians, puppets, an interactive drum circle, jugglers, kids’ karaoke and a performance from School of Rock Mansfield.

And of course, come hungry. Music Alley Mansfield will feature a full selection of food and drinks from food trucks, vendors and a beer and wine tent.

For more information about Music Alley, check out www.visitmansfieldtexas.com.

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