Mark your calendars for the weekend of Friday, October 28th, and Saturday, October 29th, and get ready to move, McKinney, as McKinney’s Arts and Music Guild presents Music in Motion. This inaugural music and arts festival will present live music each evening at Chestnut Square on multiple stages, offering an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, country, bluegrass and contemporary performances.
Festivities kick off on Friday night at 6:15 p.m. with contemporary artist Kathryn Lane, on the Outdoor Stage, followed by McKinney’s own favorite country son, singer/songwriter, Zane Williams, taking the Outdoor Stage at 7:50 p.m. Williams is currently featured in the television series, Troubadour, TX which airs on Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. on TXA in the Dallas area, and on the CW network as well.
Musical performances will be presented throughout the entire Chestnut Square area, with acclaimed drummer Steve Pruitt, performing in the Chapel beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the McKinney Concert Band Flute Choir, providing entertainment on the Patio at 6:45 p.m. The jazz-rock-funk duet, Funk Nug is slated to start at 7:00 p.m. at the Bevel House, and will be followed by jazz bassist, Jerry Rizzi and Friends at 8:00 p.m.
Internationally recognized jazz performer and drum set teacher, Ed Soph, performs at the Chapel at 8:05 p.m., and Texas Bluegrass artist Gerald Jones takes the Outdoor State at 9:25 p.m. McKinney’s own beloved Kate Moore is bringing the band, and begins her performance at 9:30 p.m. in the Bevel House. Rounding out the evening will be internationally known, virtuoso jazz pianist, Jisun Choi in the Chapel at 9:40 p.m.
Saturday night will bring a Concert on the Green (next to Chestnut Square) featuring the McKinney Community Dance Band, the popular Buster Brown Band, and Jambox and Mahogany. Live painting by Jessica Fulling, Michael McWillie, Annie Royer and others, will also be featured.
Festival guests will also enjoy meeting over 40 visual artists who will be on sight exhibiting their works, and providing demonstrations of their respective art forms. Oil painters, watercolorists, sculptors, printmakers, glass artists, fiber artists and more are slated to be in residence throughout the event.
Food will be available at Chestnut Square and on the adjacent Green Space with hotdogs, hamburgers and brick-oven baked Cavalli’s Pizza. Tea ‘n Mystery will provide tasty sweets, as well.
“The performers and artists are really excited about this,” says Arts and Music Guild founder Annie Royer, “This first annual music and arts festival will further McKinney’s appeal as an emerging destination for music and the arts. Just imagine two or three years from now, when MusicInMotionTX.com is something everyone looks for. Musicians, and artists, all over the region, and even throughout the country are beginning to know that when they come to McKinney, Texas, they can set up, they can perform, and they can look forward to a big, music and arts festival.”
Tickets to Music in Motion are 10.00 for adults and 5.00 for children, seniors, and veterans. Platinum sponsor for Music in Motion is Orison’s Fine Art and Framing. Additional sponsors are Ricks Chophouse, Print Right, Fiat, all About Children Pediatrics, and Legacy Texas Bank. Music in Motion is also funded in part by a generous grant from the City of McKinney Arts Commission. For more information, see MusicInMotionTX.com.