OCALA, Fla.  – The First Friday Art Walk will feature Retro Sounds March 6, 6 to 9 p.m. at the downtown square. Retro Sounds, a music and art event, celebrates the sounds of the 1950s with Cote Deonath, a Marion County native, headlining as Elvis. Step back in time and revel in the era with music, activities and dress that will have you “All Shook Up”.

The Retro Sounds at First Friday Art Walk will include the following special performances and activities:

  • 6 to 7 p.m. – The Forty-Fives This opening act will start the evening off with favorite songs of the 1950s.
  • 7 to 7:30 p.m. – Honey’s School of Dance and Marion County Center for the Arts Dance Team will be performing dance routines inspired by the 1950s.
  • 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Cote Deonath. This headliner will perform on the main gazebo stage and has been an Elvis Tribute Artist for 19 years. He is a World Title Memphis Ultimate Elvis Contest Winner, a TOP 3 artist for World EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Contest for 2 consecutive years and has won many other Elvis accolades at the Tupelo, Branson and Niagara Falls Festivals.

Enjoy favorite First Friday Art Walk activities with a 1950s twist such as: local arts organizations providing free, hands-on art activities; visual artists working live throughout downtown; signature drinks and dishes, like an Elvis Sandwich at The Lodge, and participating restaurants with special sales and extended business hours at local shops. In addition, a vintage car exhibit by the Ocala Street Cruisers will be displayed on the east side of the square and the Proper Tease Hair Studio will provide 1950s-inspired hair demonstrations.

“It’s Now or Never,” so break out those poodle skirts, and “Blue Suede Shoes” for this retro-inspired evening. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs for the evening performances.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Department at 352-629-8447 or artinfo@ocalafl.org; or visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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