Downtown Block Party featuring Nouveaux Honkies
Main Street Hartsville is gearing up for another street celebration of the local talent and businesses which set Hartsville apart at the Thursday’s Downtown Block Party, featuring Nouveaux Honkies, sponsored by Novolex. According to the band’s website: for hard-traveling Americana duo The Nouveaux Honkies, the road is literally their home, as the two live out of a creatively rebuilt RV that they use to tour throughout the year in the American South.
Rolling along in their high tech, solar powered, self-sufficient chariot, equipped with its own espresso bar, mini studio, and more comforts than most studio apartments in NYC, Tim O’Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins worked out a great formula to tie their travels to their music. They set up in a key American city for a couple months at a time, soaking up inspiration and making friends, before moving on.
In this way, their new album Blues for Country, draws its sounds from the musical influences of New Orleans, Nashville, Florida, Austin, and the Texas hill country where they recorded it. “As far as genres are concerned, I don’t think it is an intentional thing for us to be bouncing around the map,” confesses Tim O’Donnell, The Nouveaux Honkies’ songwriter and lead singer. “It is just my personality. I love lots of stuff. To me there is good music and bad music and I really have no formula on what it is. I just know when I like it. Jimmy Webb, Jimmy Reed, and Jimi Hendrix all give me this crazy feeling when I listen to them.” With all these regional flavors, it’s no wonder The Nouveaux Honkies’ music jumps so easily and happily between genres, mixing up a bubbling Americana gumbo of blues, country, roots, R&B, Texas swing, honky-tonk and old-fashioned songwriting.
The free concert comes Thursday, October 19th from 6 to 9 p.m. to the portion of East College between Fourth Street and Fifth Street, and will not only feature the concert but also a community coming together with sidewalk sales, food and drink vendors. The City of Hartsville Parks & Recreation Department will also bring out activities for children. The north parking lot on East College Avenue will remain accessible throughout the concert via Home Avenue. For more information about economic development, programs and events coming to downtown, or to be a vendor at this event, contact Main Street Hartsville at 843-383-3015 or info@mainstreethartsville. org.