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Today The Arts Council, Inc. unveiled the poster artwork by local artist Heather Legge-Click and announced new activities and featured performers for the 32nd annual Panoply Arts Festival, to be held April 25 – 27, 2014 in downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park. Mayor Tommy Battle joined Arts Council officials at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau to announce details about the upcoming festivities. The Panoply team, comprised of Arts Council board members, volunteers and staff also revealed updated branding for Huntsville’s largest community event.
“Panoply is now in its fourth decade, and The Arts Council is always working to keep it fresh and entertaining,” said Arts Council executive director Allison Dillon-Jauken. “Our updated branding reflects Panoply’s mission as the Southeast’s premier arts weekend where Huntsville’s innovative spark shines through a festival of art, music and more.”
Panoply 2014 remains one of the most unique festivals in the nation, featuring a dynamic blend of visual arts, music and dance performances, international arts and culture, and interactive programming for all ages. Noted art and music highlights of the 32nd annual Panoply announced today include:
More than 60 Arts Council members and local performers will be showcased throughout the weekend, alongside visiting artists that represent the best new talent across the Southeast.
On Friday night, the festival kicks off with a wealth of talent across five stages. Festivalgoers can grab a local craft brew and enjoy local legends such as Juice and Big Daddy Kingfish. Black Market Haggis, Bimini Redux and Toot & Twang will also entertain. Matthew Mayfield, a singer songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama, who focuses on powerful rock anthems will round out the rock and roll on Panoply’s Showcase Stage. The Friday evening programming wraps up with fireworks and a performance by local favorite from Redstone Arsenal, the AMC Band.
Saturday highlights homegrown talent as the festival features the best in area dance along with the preliminary round of Panoply’s popular Homegrown Talent competition. Valley favorites like Bourbon & Shamrocks, Whiskey River Kings and The Zooks will also play for Panoply attendees. Saturday night gets a little blue at the Showcase Stage as The Jake Leg Stompers serve up tangy tastes of chicken-fried, pre-war, hokum-billy jug music and the Delta Saints energize the audience with their bourbon-fueled, bayou rock. On the Valley Jubilee stage, The Deslondes, a New Orleans based country-soul, swamp boogie band will have the joint jumping before they head back to New Orleans to play JazzFest.
“In addition to their upcoming gig at JazzFest, The Deslondes have toured previously with The Lumineers and are touring in May with the Alabama Shakes. Their country-soul sound, when combined with all the other great performances you can see at Panoply, ensures a weekend full of great music,” added Farris.
Sunday sees more local favorites in the park with plenty of performances throughout the day, including the final round of the Panoply Homegrown Talent competition. Panoply’s live entertainment will come to a close Sunday night with hometown stars Microwave Dave and Mambo Gris Gris, complete with a full horn section, rounding out the Festival on the Jubilee and Showcase Stages.
In addition to great art and music, Panoply offers much more for festivalgoers. Other featured programming announced today for the 2014 weekend event includes:
“This year festivalgoers will have a chance to discover scientific lessons through art such as velocity, centrifugal force and sound waves. We’re excited to watch the exploration happen with interactives like Color Comets, Creative Catapults, Picture This and others,” said Demetria Cruz, volunteer Festival co-chair.
“At The Arts Council, we value the contribution the men and women in our military make to the Huntsville community on a daily basis, in addition to continually keeping us safe around the globe,” said Chuck Allen, president of The Arts Council Board of Directors. “This is a small way we can honor their extraordinary service, while offering them an evening to relax and enjoy all that Panoply has to offer.”
“With Panoply 2014 featuring over 60 performers, 85 fine artists, 9 interactives and so much more, there’s no greater entertainment value anywhere,” said Dillon-Jauken.
As a showcase event for Huntsville, Panoply relies on more than 1,800 community volunteers. The Arts Council Board of Directors, volunteers and staff are recruiting volunteers at www.artshuntsville.org and on the Council’s Facebook page. More information about The Arts Council programs and the 2014 Panoply Arts Festival is available at www.artshuntsville.org