The street party gets started at 4 pm on Thursday, May 16 outside the Columbia Theatre, located at 504 Broadway Street. It will keep going, rain or shine, until 9 pm. The kickoff event serves as an exciting start for the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF) that will be happening on Friday and Saturday 17/18 in Paducah.
The event is free and open to the public and will include live music, food from Cartel - known for their delicious offerings at BBQ on the River and other pop up events. You will also find local beer from Paducah Beer Werks and Dry Ground. Etcetera Coffeehouse will be slinging bubble teas,. This evening will be filled with as much fun and excitement as you can fit on one street! Proceeds will benefit The Yeiser Art Center, (the organization now organizing the LTAMF,) and “Save the Columbia”.
Live music will be provided by The Aquaducks (high octane funk & soul), Big Atomic (funk rock/jazz), the Paducah Jazz Ensemble, and Allen Music School of Rock. Donations for the Yeiser Art Center and the Save the Columbia project will be taken at the event.
Cartel came about as a group of invested folks who are passionate about the arts in Paducah. The charity they focus on is Paducah Art House Alliance, which is the overarching board of both the Columbia Theatre Restoration and Maiden Alley Cinema.
The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival serves as both the largest fundraising event for the Yeiser Art Center and a chance for our local community to have access to all different forms of art from around the region. Partnering with the Save the Columbia project to hold a street party seemed like a perfect fit and will raise some much needed revenue for both organizations.
The efforts to restore the Columbia Theatre are ongoing, but the goal sustains as it will be an expansion on the programming potential of Maiden Alley Cinema, create economic development, foster historic preservation and be a source of entertainment and education that will be available to all. Multiple screens and the capacity in which to host several forms of entertainment simultaneously will be a huge benefit to the region.
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