Athens Arts League offers free music and art for a summer Saturday night

By: Holly Hollman

Athens Arts League’s free concert series, Art After Hours, continues on Saturday, June 22, with a performance by Tres Locos.

Tres Locos is a blues-based rock and roll band from Huntsville. The event will be on the street in front of High Cotton Arts in Downtown Athens, at 103 W. Washington Street. The band features Mike Slaten, Lance Wright and Kasey Charles. The event will be from 7-9 p.m.

“The group performed at one of our McCandless Hall concerts in January, and several in the audience asked us to bring them back, so we’re pumped about jamming in the street with Tres Locos,” said Athens Arts League Board Member Garth Lovvorn Jr.

High Cotton Arts will be open, and attendees can shop for locally made art such as paintings, photographs, silk scarves, stained glass pieces and small sculptures.

“High Cotton supports a number of artists who operate their art business in Downtown Athens,” said Athens Arts League Board Vice President Jennifer Hilton Sampieri. “This concert series is a gift to the community by providing free entertainment, but it’s also a way to encourage the public to learn more about locally made art that’s available right here in Athens.”

Attendees can check out High Cotton’s current exhibit, “History Takes the Stage.” The exhibit chronicles some of the history of Athens City Schools through the fine arts and photos and includes items collected by the late Jackie and Helen Greenhaw. The items are on loan from the Athens City Schools Foundation.

Art and music lovers can dine at local restaurants prior to the event and then enjoy desserts for sale at the event from Reece’s Treatz food truck and Frostbite Snacks.

This is a family-friendly event and includes a patriotic-themed craft for children. Children can make either a popsicle stick American flag or patriotic pet magnet, while supplies last.

Art After Hours is supported in part by the City of Athens, Sen. Tim Melson, Alabama Tourism Department and Morell Engineering. Save the dates for upcoming Art After Hours events, which start at 7 p.m.:

· July 6 – JED Eye, classic rock to ‘90s rock

· Aug. 10 – Taking It to the Streets gospel concert

· Sept. 6 – After Bedtime, R&B, includes a student art exhibit and tribute to September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By: Holly Hollman