by Mya Clark, Editor

The sixth annual Foo Foo festival is set to kick off in Pensacola on October 31 and will run until November 11. The 12-day arts, culture and entertainment celebration will showcase a variety of history, culture and heritage from various genres that include theater, music, dance and art.

Foo Fest is produced by the nonprofit organization Art, Culture, and Entertainment Inc (ACE) and is one of the southeast’s largest arts and culture festivals. The festival will showcase a variety of music including; renowned jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, international pianist Garrick Ohlsson, the Pensacola Opera and multi Grammy nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius.

“Music is essential to Pensacola’s rich cultural history and this year we’re hosting an impressive array of diverse musical genres, artists and offerings,” Foo Foo Fest Committee Chair Maria Goldberg said in a press release.  “In addition to diversity in music, we invite everyone to join us in the Culture Capitol of the Southeast as we feature not only world-class music, but esteemed entertainment headliners.”

Foo Fest will not only showcase cultural history through music but also through art, food and dance. The fire and rain art installation will ripple from historic Intendencia Street to Palafox and into the Artel Art Gallery.

Other artistic features include; the 3D printsacola: Skateable Skulpture, hands on art workshop featuring Fred Kahl, a panel on human creativity and machine generative art, the Gulf Coast Arts festival and Tat-foo.

A cultural festival isn’t complete without food showcasing the history and culture of the Southeast. The food lineup includes; The Brunch Effect: A different world which will celebrate the hit sitcom with a 90’s twist, A.B.C Atlas beverage class, Henny Penny’s Patisserie for Melanin Monologues, Pensacola Beach Art and Wine Festival and the Pensacola Egg Fest.

A signature event happening at the start of Foo Foo fest is Stompfest. Stompfest will feature Marsha Ambrosius, Mannie Fresh and HAHA Davis on November 2. The 2019 invitational step show will feature steps and strolls from fraternities and sororities from across the nation.

A full list of signature events for Foo Fest 2019 can be found below.

  • Choral Society of Pensacola – Choir! Choir! Choir! an event that is equal parts singing, comedy and audience participation 
  • Downtown Improvement Board/Artel Inc. – Fire and Rain, a suspended sea of billowing holographic strands ripples high over historic Intendencia Street like a quilt of sparkling diamonds
  • First City Arts Alliance – 3DPrintsacola, featuring professional American street skater Rodney Mullen, combines machine generative art with hands-on artmaking practices to create 3D printed skateable concrete “Skulptures”
  • Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Inc – Legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
  • Jazz Pensacola – Jazz Pensacola presents renowned Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a contemporary jazz & swing revival band from Southern California
  • Lamplighters, Inc. – StompFest 2019 will immerse the Gulf Coast in contemporary African American art, dancing, and stepping blended with a mix of spoken word, live music, and visual artistry with special celebrity guests Marsha Ambrosius, Mannie Fresh and Steven Brown
  • Legal Services of North Florida – Jazz for Justice brings in well-known musicians and local artists for a unique jazz and blues festival in downtown Pensacola.
  • Pensacola Little Theatre – A performance of “The Savannah Sipping Society,” created by the same writers of The Golden Girls
  • Pensacola Museum of Art – A Journalist and Author Talk with Eleanor Randolph. The veteran journalist and author will return to Pensacola to share her experiences as a female journalist and details on her new book, The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg.”
  • The Pensacola Civic Band – The Pensacola Civic Band will be in concert with the world-famous Boston Brass at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The concert entitled “Sketches of Spain” will highlight the music of Pensacola’s Spanish heritage including “Malaguena.”

For more information on Foo Foo festival head over to https://www.foofoofest.com/

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