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River City expecting to be flowing with art, music and good conversation during special events downtown tonight

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Tonight, art, music and good conversation will be flowing through the River City.

If you don’t have plans for tonight, check out a Night of Art and Music in Downtown Decatur.

Local artists will proudly display their works of art and Jim Parker returns with his popular Songwriters Series.

The events are set for Thursday, August 21st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Studios and merchants will turn Bank Street into a lively art gallery for the Bank Street Local Art Tour.
Local artists will showcase original artwork by local artists including paintings, ceramics, photography, stained glass, pottery, mixed media, puppetry and jewelry.

The public is invited to mingle with the artists and learn more about the person behind the unique creations. Many of the studios and merchants will serve light refreshments and Timbuck2 will have a wine tasting.  Studios and merchants participating in the Bank Street Local Art Tour are The Artist Within, The Cupboard, Local Color, The Ralsom Room, Glee Interiors, Behind the Glass, Cottage House, Bank Street Studios, 810 Studio, and Bank Street Art and Antiques.

Also, the Downtown Decatur Merchant and Business Association announced the Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series has been moved to a new location and will be held monthly on Thursday evenings.

The popular evening event will be held at the Magnolia Room in downtown Decatur tonight.

The Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series showcases an incredible talent of songwriters from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, and surrounding area. Performers for August 21st include:

–       Wood Newton who has written some of country music’s biggest hits including “Bobbie Sue” for The Oak Ridge Boys, “Twenty Years Ago” for Kenny Rogers, “What I Didn’t Do” for Steve Wariner, and “Riding with Private Malone” which he produced for David Ball. All four songs have received BMI awards for being played over a million times. He also has two songs in the new movie “The Last Ride.”

–       Jim Sales who wrote “I Wonder Where We’d Be Tonight” for Vern Gosdin, a top 10 Billboard hit, and “Tonight We’re Gonna Tear Down the Walls” for Randy Travis.

–       Jim Parker, with a career spanning over 40 years, is an ASCAP award winner and the co-writer of Chicken Truck and co-writer/co-publisher of Bigger Hands, both recorded by John Anderson. As a performing artist, he recorded five albums and 10 single records.

The Magnolia Room is located at 216 Moulton Street in downtown Decatur. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

For more information on the Bank Street Local Art Tour, call 256.306.9892.