Jackson’s Fondren Live Range of Activities

Whatever you fancy, whether it’s live music, delicious food, eclectic shopping, artwork, craft beer, or even the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood has you covered. satisfy this Thursday, July 7.

The free event is called “Fondren Live” and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the neighborhood’s historic business district (centered roughly by Old Canton Road, Fondren Place, North State Street and Duling Avenue).

The show will go on rain or shine, Fondren Renaissance Foundation director Rebecca Gavin said, but noted that some outdoor activities may be weather-dependent.

“Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated with us for the past two months, so we have to recognize that there is a chance of a few drops of rain and the chance of extreme heat is about 100%,” said Gavin said. “But the good news is that we have plenty of restaurants, shops, a bowling alley and a movie theater to dive into until the weather clears. And, we will have water stations around so everyone can stay hydrated.

Street parties have been part of the fabric of the neighborhood for 25 years, since the first “Festival de Fondren” in 1997. Some activities are officially organized by the Renaissance Foundation while others are created independently. “We encourage all businesses to create their own events,” Gavin said.

Here is an overview of some of the planned activities:

  • Fondren’s new cafe and cafe, Deja Brew Bistro, located at 425 Mitchell, will be celebrating its first Fondren Live. Owner Cynthia Pickens invites guests to visit and experience their extensive menu, including the “Smash Burger”, a specially grilled fresh ground beef patty with all the trimmings. “Everybody likes it,” Pickens says.
  • Fondren residents Edley Jones and Barry Crockrell, playing the Diddy Wah Daddies, will be set up near the corner of Duling Ave. and North State with a playlist covering everything from classic rock to country.
  • Also in Duling and State, the Soule’ Coffee & Bubbletea food truck will allow visitors to sample coffee and tea soon to open in the village of Fondren.
  • Brown’s Fine Art & Framing on Fondren Place will hold an opening reception for ‘Local Landmarks’, an exhibition featuring works by Vicki Armstrong, Kit Fields and David Waldrip.
  • The Pineapple Bar, a new vendor across from Brown’s on Fondren Place will offer fresh fruit drinks served in a real pineapple.
  • The End of All Music, a record store on State St. will host live performances from Schaefer Llana and Cody Rogers. “Cody will also be releasing his second album called ‘Tishomingo’ and we will have copies available for purchase,” said assistant manager Sam Lane. A donation of $5 will be requested for the musicians.
Assistant manager Sam Lane prepares for Thursday's Fondren Live concert at The End of All Music, a record store on North State Street.
  • The Vault, a unique auto showroom on Commerce Park Dr., will display some of its classic and exotic vehicles outdoors.
  • JXN Flea Market vendors will bring specially selected, locally produced arts and crafts to Duling Ave. The street will also feature balloon art for children and adults from Gabby’s Balloons, a craft beer tent donated by Saltine Oyster Bar and a large assortment. other screens.
  • Duling Hall will host famous rock band Drivin N Cryin with special guest Katy Guillen & The Drive. Formed in Atlanta 35 years ago, Drivin N Cryin is known worldwide for hits such as “Straight to Hell” and “Fly Me Courageous” and has released nine full albums. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is set for 7:30 p.m. Advance general admission tickets are $20 and are available at ardenland.net.
  • The Capri Theater will premiere the new Marvel Comics-based adventure film “Thor: Love and Thunder” starring Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. The film is rated PG-13 with showings at 3:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at caprimovies.com or at the door.
  • After the street party ends at 8 p.m., there will be another outdoor dance party called “Afterglow” in the Fondren Guitars parking lot on Old Township. Sponsored by the Member Exchange Credit Union, the musical guests will be the R&B dance group
  • “Time To Move” as well as “Epic Funk Brass Band”. Fondren Guitars will also host live music on its back stage throughout the festival with food, beer and beverages available for purchase. “We expect a good turnout, it’s always great fun,” said Will Ready, store manager.

Umbrellas are welcome in case of rain and masks are advised due to COVID-19. For last minute weather related updates, please visit eatdrinkfondren.com.

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