HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The 40and Panoply Arts Festival takes place in downtown Huntsville later this month. The event showcases many different artistic mediums, from food to music. More than 30 musical numbers will perform on multiple stages during the weekend-long event which kicks off on Friday, April 29.
Friday Night hosts a rock night starting with blues-influenced rock band Tres Locos, followed by indie rock band Jayne & the Huntsmen opening for the headliner, Hero the Band, whose performance is presented by Pearl Behavioral Health Services.
On Saturday, the music begins when the doors open at 10 a.m. The festival hosts Rule of Thirds, Knightshade, Shane Davis, Groove Yard and Will River throughout the day. That night, the stage will be filled with big sounds and big horns as festival-goers can enjoy local opening act Element XI.
Element XI lead singer Karmessa describes her band as a soul funk R&B band.
“We have a brass section. There are 11 of us. We sort of model ourselves on Earth, Wind & Fire. That’s where the XI “Element” comes from because they are the elements. And we just like good music to have fun and give people what they want to hear,” Karmessa said.
Saturday’s headliners are The Suffers. It’s an eight-piece band from Houston, Texas that has played to sold-out audiences in Japan and Latin America.
Sunday celebrates Alabama Music Day, presented by the Orion Amphitheater. The day features new local band TGTG, followed by Muscle Shoals’ Moon Tree. Local favorite and former Panoply competition winner Alex Banks & Co. takes the stage in the early afternoon, followed by Huntsville singer-songwriter Lana White with her soulful, soft rock sound.
Closing the festival’s Pepsi Showcase stage – and returning to the town where he grew up – is Paul McDonald, whose voice is noted as instantly recognizable and impossible to ignore. Since his first tour in his early twenties, McDonald’s various bands have been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Yahoo, and American Songwriter.
Danielle Hart of Arts Huntsville says Panoply’s music is very special.
“It’s really community-focused. We have the fans and the people who are going to discover the music and the dance and really be able to enjoy it that way. But a lot of our artists are local and regional, like Karmessa, and that’s super important because the music is really encompassed in the community,” Hart said.
Typical festival attendance is 70,000 to 75,000 people. There are 1,000 community volunteer points open to the public. Volunteers are a huge need this year, registration is done on the Arts Huntsville website.
Hours Panoply 2022:
friday april 29: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday April 30: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Art Marketplace closes at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday May 1: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets and prices:
Arts Huntsville has a Panoply Weekend Pass available online in advance for $18.
Weekend passes are only available until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
Day passes cost $10 and can be purchased in advance online or at festival ticket booths, presented by the Redstone Federal Credit Union.
Tickets are on sale now. Children 12 and under are free.
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