The Smoketown GetDown for Democracy is a street party. | Courtesy of Smoketown GetDown

There’s nothing like a good, old-fashinoned neighborhood block party to start your weekend, but add in live music, food trucks and positive community conversation, and you’ve got yourself the fourth annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy, which will take over the streets on Friday.

Located out front of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Smoketown offices at 735 Lampton St., the event features dozens of neighborhood organizations and businesses, voter registration and nonprofits, but it also includes fun for all ages in the form of live music, artists, food and drinks.

The whole shebang runs from 4-10 p.m., and musicians, DJs and artists take the stage just about every hour. The lineup includes Yared Sound (4 p.m.), Str8Diamonds Dance Team (5), Otis Junior & the Jesse Lees (5:45), Junior Jackson and Piff the Dragon (6:45), The Afrophysicists (7:45), and the GetDown Dance Party (9).

Smoketown celebrates more than 150 years. | Courtesy of Smoketown GetDown

Various food trucks will provide the fare, and West Sixth Brewing will provide the adult beverages.

Hannah Drake, a member of Project H.E.A.L., reflects on last year’s event in a press release:

“We connected. We were walking, living and breathing what community should be. Not just one day, but every day. For that moment, we took it all in, hoping the GetDown got down into our souls and made us stay connected as one community — Smoketown.”

Organizers suggest walking or biking to the event. Parking also is available on Lampton, Shelby and Clay streets. The GetDown is free, family-friendly and runs from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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