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Posted on: August 30, 2017

DeSoto Arts Live! Arts and Music Festival

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The DeSoto Arts Commission is  gearing up for the 2nd annual DeSoto Arts Live! Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, September 30th.  This is the event that featured the concert with the Original Lakeside band in 2016.  The Commission is working  hard to make it bigger and better this year by expanding the art show with many more vendors displaying and selling their work, a free gaming truck and inflatables for the kids, lots of great food and non-stop musical entertainment on three stages culminating in a special performance by 80’s recording artist Midnight Star. 

DeSoto Arts Live! Celebrates The Visual Arts with:

· An expanded Artist’s Row featuring booths with local visual artists selling and displaying their work

· Visual artists participating in the Plein Air competition capturing the sites and images of the event as they paint on-site 

· A breath-taking demonstration of spray paint art provided by Cosmo Universal Art 5 pm

DeSoto Arts Live! Celebrates Dance with:

· A Dance Party on the Green from 2 to 6 pm in the plaza in front of the Corner Theatre

· Trinity Christian School’s Drumline will get the dance party started at 2 pm

· Followed by a free Zumba demonstration, and line dancers

· And a special performance at 4 pm on the “green” by Bandan Koro African Drummers and Dancers.

DeSoto Arts Live! Celebrates Various Genres of Music on two stages with:

· Kid’z Zone Stage will feature American Idol Finalist, LJay, fresh from his awesome performance with the Forte' Band, the Hip-Hop Gospel sounds of TROMP at 2 pm and the R&B and NeoSoul of Elise Amara at 5 pm

· On the Main Amphitheater Stage enjoy great George Strait-style Country Music performed by DeSoto’s own singing cowboy, Joe King, at 1 pm, followed by the hot sounds of Latin Fire at 3 pm 

· You’ll want to be sure to have a great spot at the Amphitheater Stage beginning at 6:30 pm to hear Celebrity the Comedian, followed by the winner of the Beneath the Star Poetry Contest and The Inspiration Band, leading up to “No Parking On The Dance Floor” and other Top 40 Hits performed by 80’s recording artist, MIDNIGHT STAR. 

Vendor opportunities for visual artists and crafters and a few food vendors are still available.  For more information about vendor opportunities or to volunteer go to or call 972.230.9648.

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