Plans are firming up for Leeds Downtown First Thursday Street Fest for August 1 scheduled from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. It’s going to be another afternoon of great entertainment, food trucks, street vendors, car cruise-in, downtown shopping on the Parkway and a wonderful time of building community.

Live performers at the gazebo on the corner of 9th Street and Parkway include Cody Howell, Paul Sisson and Mandi Rae.

Cody Howell is a Birmingham-based singer and guitarist. With influences in R&B, blues, folk, and pop, his music is punctuated by soulful vocals and moody guitar licks, never quite fitting into any genre. Cody grew up in Moody, Alabama and began playing music for school events. Since then, he’s continued to develop his style and regularly plays at numerous local venues.

Paul Sisson is also a local songwriter and musician from Moody. He’s a Barber by trade and has entertained with his voice and guitar for a very long time. Paul has performed almost everywhere in Birmingham and currently works at Salon U Midtown.

Mandi Rae, a military brat with her roots from Leeds, gives us a genuine taste of the sincere, straightforward narrative and powerful songwriting voices of the real south. Always known for being full of humor and straight to the point, she has a natural affinity for entertaining and offers a refreshing break from any of the standard expectations in today’s Americana or Country styles. More in line with Jonathan Richman lyrically and Loretta Lynn in presentation, Mandi Rae’s good humor and lively stage presence keeps the audience engaged in southern storytelling through song.

The car cruise-in will include the Porsche Club sponsored by Eurasian Auto Services which will have a 1967 Porsche on display. All antique and special cars, bikes and trucks are invited to cruise-in and there is no charge to participate.

Food trucks include Pazzo Pizza, Rusty’s BBQ, Dixieland Funnel Cakes and shaved ice. There are plenty of street vendors lined up for this month’s street fest and don’t forget about our downtown shops who will be staying open a little later for your shopping convenience.

Street Fest activities will begin on Parkway Drive at the library on the corner of 8th Street and extend to 9th Street at City Hall. Live entertainment with our performers will take place at the gazebo.

Plan to bring your family and enjoy street vendors, food trucks, entertainers, car cruise-in, downtown shopping on the Parkway and more. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and just hang out. Also, invite your friends and help get the word out.

This is a free event hosted and sponsored by the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Leeds and Leeds Redevelopment Authority.

For more information and to download a street vendor application, please call 205-699-5001 or visit www.LeedsAreaChamber.com or www.LeedsAlabama.org.

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