SouthSounds 2016 organizers are quick to point out there is way more to this festival than music — although there is plenty of that as well.
Friday night will feature a nonprofit event and food truck fair in Bienville Square in addition to “the largest LoDa ArtWalk of the year.”

Art lovers will also get to check out the Art Market on Saturday and Sunday, as well as Saturday’s Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition presented by the Mobile Arts Council and Sunday’s Sidewalk Snapshots put on by the Alabama Contemporary Art Center.

And for those who count themselves among the rapidly growing number of podcast fans, several will be recorded live on Saturday, featuring a great lineup of creative folks from different fields, exploring a variety of topics. Mobile’s own Johnny Gwin and Stacy Wellborn with Deep Fried Studios will lead this podcast extravaganza.

And there will be plenty of activities for the kids during the Art Markets, with the Mobile Arts Council providing an area for kids to make their own chalk masterpieces on the sidewalk on the west side of Cathedral Square, as well as face painting.

And of course, there will be great live music playing in Cathedral Square for the whole family to enjoy while all of these activities are taking place.

Here are some more details on each day’s events …

Friday, April 8

LoDa ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m.,
Various downtown locales
In addition to all the free live music in Cathedral Square, the Mobile Arts Council will present its “biggest LoDa ArtWalk of the year.” Check out all of the exhibits at the downtown galleries and stores before catching all of Friday’s great live music both in Cathedral Square and in the participating venues.

Engaging the Next Generation, 6-8 p.m.,
Bienville Square
Calling all young professionals who are looking to get involved in the local community. Engaging the Next Generation (ENG) is an annual volunteer fair celebrating eight years of connecting young professionals with area nonprofits during the April LoDa ArtWalk. Join ENG at Bienville Square to find out how to get involved. As an added bonus, the newly formed nonprofit Downtown Parks Conservancy will feature a special treat in the square that evening.

Food Truck Friday, 6-8 p.m.,
Bienville Square
Grab some great grub from some of our area’s most beloved food trucks.
Saturday, April 9
SouthSounds Art Market, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In conjunction with SouthSounds 2016, an Art Market will be held by the Mobile Arts Council featuring arts and crafts produced by local and regional artisans. It will take place in Cathedral Square on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Face painting and sidewalk chalk drawing will be available for kids while bands perform on the main Cathedral Square stage.

LoDa Squares Sidewalk Art Competition
Chalk it up! This year marks the inaugural LoDa Squares Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition produced by the Mobile Arts Council. Artists will be creating masterful pieces of chalk art in the interior of Cathedral Square on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
From 3:15-3:45 p.m., viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite work by marking on a giant chalkboard. The artist with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, which will be presented at 4 p.m.

SouthSounds Podcast LIVE, 2-6:30 p.m.,
Mobile Arts Council
On Saturday, April 9, Deep Fried Studios, in partnership with the SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival, will convene the first-ever SouthSounds Podcast LIVE. It will be hosted at the Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) across from Cathedral Square.

Top podcasters will gather to perform live versions of local and regional podcast shows to expose attendees to the dynamic podcast medium and educate them on how to create a podcast. Led by Stacy Wellborn (co-host of the Fan of Podcast and manager of Deep Fried Studios), Podcast Live participants will entertain the crowd with live renditions of Internet broadcasts they produce weekly.
Line-up:

2 p.m. Welcome and opening statements (Stacy Wellborn and Johnny Gwin)
2:15 p.m. The Uncle Henry Show Podcast with Mobile radio legend Uncle Henry

3 p.m. How It Stacks Podcast: Gaming, Pop Culture and Geek Life Talk. Join JD, Willis and Bulldog as they record their high-energy, no-holds-barred podcast that compares all the “cool” things you remember growing up and discusses whether they stand the test of time.

3:45 p.m. Crusader of Cool Podcast: Interview with Musician/Producer Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero, Communicating Vessels)

4:15 p.m. Sock Cop Podcast — Fresh off his appearances at Periscope Summit in New York and San Francisco, Sock Cop has even garnered the notice of comedian Tom Green. The ad-lib conversation style podcast knows no limits … from neighborhood chatter to his mustache, you never know what the sock puppet will say next.

5 p.m. Crusader of Cool Podcast: Interview with writer Blake Ells (The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME, Weld for Birmingham). Johnny Gwin and Blake Ells record their live discussion on Muscle Shoals FAME Studios music, sound, history and its epic story that produced hitmakers such as Etta James, Clarence Carter and Aretha Franklin.

5:30 p.m. Podcast Panel Q&A moderated by Uncle Henry: Want to know more about podcasting? How to get started? How you can use it for business, personal branding or fun. Learn from these local podcasters:
Marcus Neto – Host, Mobile Alabama Business Podcast
Ron Sivak – Host, The Real Deal with Ron Sivak, business writer for Lagniappe

Stacy Wellborn – Fan of Podcast

6:15 p.m.Closing remarks and farewell

SouthSounds Podcast LIVE is FREE to the public. Free tickets are available at southsoundspodcastlive.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, April 10

SouthSounds Art Market, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In conjunction with SouthSounds, there will be an Art Market held by the Mobile Arts Council featuring arts and crafts produced by local and regional artisans. It will take place in Cathedral Square on Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Sidewalk Snapshots
Join Alabama Contemporary Art Center from 12-3 p.m. for an afternoon of music and expression at “Sidewalk Snapshots” during SouthSounds.

Kenny Scharf’s “MOBLOBZ” mural will serve as the backdrop for free professional photos of you and your friends and family. All images will be uploaded to a public online album for you to find, share, print and frame.

After your photo shoot, take a seat, grab a piece of chalk and help them turn the sidewalk at Jackson and Conti into a walkable work of art.

All ages welcome!

Tickets
General admission tickets are $25 each and will get you into all participating venues all weekend.

VIP packages cost $75 each or $120 per pair. Includes free trolley service between venues, hospitality areas with complimentary food and drink, 2016 SouthSounds T-shirt and badge.

Tickets may be purchased at southsoundsmusicfest.com or at all participating venues throughout the weekend. There will also be a ticket booth set up in Cathedral Square.