(07/13/12) - Saturday night, music will bounce off the bricks of Downtown Flint, with everything from R&B, to rock, country, and blues blasting out of Buckham Alley.
"It's going to be great. Two stages, with 10 bands. There'll be vendors everywhere," said Chris Everson, Buckham Alley Fest Board Member.
Red Ink Flint's second annual Buckham Alley Fest will put the spotlight on the city's restaurants and arts community. The festival takes over the Torch alley-way between 1st and 2nd streets, about a block off Saginaw.
"It's going to be all lit up. We're running 4,000 feet of lights. It'll have that big city, alley feel to it. We'll have two big stages. There's just so much going on," Everson said.
Among those happenings - an adult spelling bee, put on by the Genesee Regional YoungPprofessionals. The top prize is $1,000.
"Big words. I'm thinking off the top of my head, onomonopia. That's a big word. I don't know if I could spell that," said Marcus Papin, Buckham Alley Fest Board Member.
Last year's Alley Fest was supposed to a small one, but the turnout was much bigger than expected.
"2,000 people came through. It was a huge success. It just shows you how people who come downtown crave those types of events," said Kathleen Gazall, Buckham Alley Fest Board Member.
Organizers hope the event can help bring back some of the luster to what was once a pretty happening place.
"You had skate boarders, people riding their bikes up and down the alley, people coming from the Torch down to the Backroom. It was just your own private little street party," Gazall said.
Buckham Alley Fest is designed to bring foot traffic and major exposure to this alley. The hope is that down the road, we'll see major renovations, including cobblestone covering this pavement.
"With downtown growing, with the students and residents, this can become a viable alley," Gazall said. "It has so much potential, so much potential."
Buckham Alley Fest runs from 6-12, Saturday night.
For a schedule of events, click HERE.
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