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Motown Downtown at the First Friday Art Walk - Friday, April 5

Post Date:03/06/2019 1:38 PM

OCALA, Fla. (March 6, 2019) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. This month, the First Friday Art Walk will feature Motown Downtown. Step back in time and celebrate the era with Motown inspired music, activities and outfits, that are sure to have you dancing in the streets!

The April Art Walk will include the following special performances and activities:

  • 6 to 7 p.m.Little Jake and the Soul Searchers will perform at the gazebo stage.
    • Little Jake Mitchell is one of Florida's great native-son ambassadors in rhythm and blues music. The band recalls authentic R&B stagecraft treating audiences to sights and sounds seldom seen or heard since the golden age of R&B. Little Jake Mitchell has performed with R&B immortals like James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Their rhythm section, “The Silver-Sonic Horns”, traces their heritage back to 1969 and many members played the Chitlin’ Circuit and Ocala’s very own Club Bali.
  • 7 to 7:30 p.m.XRT Dance Academy will be performing a Motown-inspired dance routine on the downtown square.
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.Alanna Royale will headline the gazebo stage.
    • Alanna Royale makes classic-minded R&B and soul music for the modern age. It's a sound rooted in big melodies, blasts of brass, percussive punch, and old-school grooves, complimented by frontwoman Alanna Quinn-Broadus' larger-than-life voice.

Enjoy all your favorite First Friday Art Walk activities with a Motown twist. This special event will include a vintage car exhibit featuring the Ocala Street Cruisers, local arts organizations providing free, hands-on art activities for all ages, visual artists working live throughout downtown inspired by the Motown theme, signature drinks and/or dishes will also be provided at participating restaurants. Additionally, those in attendance can enjoy special sales and extended business hours at local shops, Motown-inspired hair demos at local hair salons, street musicians, live caricatures, and more!

This event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating during the performances.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352-629-8447 or artwalk@ocalafl.org or visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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