Arts Beats and Eats bringing food, art and fellowship back Friday

By Angie Barmer

The popular local event, Arts, Beats and Eats is taking place Friday night in downtown New Albany.

Arts, Beats and Eats is an event sponsored by the New Albany Main Street Association that showcases local musicians, local artists, and local restaurants. Attendees get to taste local cuisine, while mingling with other locals and perusing art.

Artists that will have their work on display will be Lee Ann Thompson, Kathryn Dye, Jill Headings, Charles Buster, Mary Ann Caldwell, Micha Foster, Brian Crockett, Charles Smith, and Jerry McClennan.

This is a juried art show and there will be a selection panel with judges that are made up of four prominent representatives in the artist community, with one serving as an alternate.Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show Artist $250, Most Creative Artist, $125 & Best in Show Restaurant $125.

A Taste of New Albany will be also held during the event from local restaurants. The restaurants that will be participating will be 2 Sisters Deli, Nichols Food & Deli, Small Gatherings, Game Tyme, Mannings BBQ, Tallahatchie Gourmet, Sugaree’s Bakery, and El Agave Mexican Grill.

Tupelo-based group, Bonfire Orchestra, will be performing at the event. The Bonfire Orchestra has been called a ‘band for all occasions.’

According to their biographical information, the group feels at home in a variety of settings, from bars and lounges to coffee houses and college campuses. They say they are an experienced band performing constantly, playing private engagements, working with charitable organizations, and touring the festival circuit.

The group describes themselves as a folk powerhouse that permeates musical boundaries with Rock, Indie, Soul and Roots Americana.

The trio is often joined by a litany of other musicians, all of whom bring their own unique contribution to the piece. This ever-changing lineup, grounded by the core combination of Michael Thomas, Dayton Cooper, and Seth Parker, presents a constantly forward-thinking interpretation of original music and a deep catalogue of cover material according to the band.

“Main Street is excited to have the Bonfire Orchestra perform at Arts, Beats & Eats,” said Vickie Duke, New Albany Main Street Manager.

Arts, Beats and Eats will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 1 at In Bloom, located at 139 West Bankhead Street. Admission cost is $10 and tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Vickie Duke at 662-534-3438.