Published on April 19th, 2016 | by Chris Butts0
Double Decker Festival Returns to Oxford April 22-23
During the weekend of Double Decker, all of the best things about Oxford are amplified, melded together, and put on display in the heart of the city. Live music, exquisite food, art, and day-drinking are the subject of many weekends in Oxford, but the Double Decker Arts Festival attracts 60,000 visitors here to partake in these activities on a much larger scale in the asphalt compass that is Oxford’s historic Square.
On the north side of the Square, a huge stage will accommodate this year’s dazzling line-up of musical performers, while the southern half of the Square will be packed with tents that showcase an impressive array of work from local and regional artists and art vendors. In between the art and the music, local vendors provide delicious food and drinks that keep attendees energized as they consume art and entertainment throughout this two-day festival.
Festivities begin on Friday, April 22 with Cory Branan, a singer/songwriter from Southaven, then with a special edition of Thacker Mountain Radio at 7pm, which will be followed up with a performance from the Nightowls. Saturday’s lineup consists of performances from popular funk band Lettuce, teenage blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, rock and roll band The Bellfuries, and more. Rounding out the night two is Michael Franti & Spearhead. Michael Franti’s socially inspired lyrics and Spearhead’s infectious mix of classic soul, funk and hip-hop are sure to yield a powerful, dynamic performance.
The artist showcase is regulated by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council which selects the jury from a panel of local artists, bringing more than 160 art vendors to the event, spanning a variety of media including drawings, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, print making and sculpture. Little ones are not left out either. Children can gather at the Square Fair, located at the Chancery Building Parking lot at North Lamar and Jefferson Ave, for special activities. Tried and true tasty temptations, from snow cones to fried chicken to many specialty items that can only be found during the event are a supplemental bonus for some, but an attraction for many.