The first Mall Mania, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday in Towne West Square, will be what co-producer Patrick Heath calls “at the intersection of art and music.”
Four alternative rock bands from Wichita – The Cavves, Old News, TF Bundy and BottleCap DayDream – will perform in a free concert for all ages at the mall. Heath said the preferred entrance is near the food court and the concert will be near Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Around the edge of the space, 20 different artists will set up stands to exhibit and sell their works.
“People can shop while listening to music and between bands,” Heath said.
A DJ will be playing music between acts and food trucks will be on hand.
Heath and his business partner, Jae Lear, are artists who have created an OpenStudios space in Towne West.
They also managed the merchandising table for The Cavves, and Heath said they enjoyed the interaction with customers.
“We realized that a lot of the same people who watch these DIY and popular music shows also enjoy the artwork,” he said.
This is the first time Heath, 20, has produced a concert.
“It’s kind of my first event to host, but I tried to make it official and have a good time for everyone,” he said.
Heath praised the mall, and in particular new manager Charley Cooper, for helping them push the idea forward.
“She was so amazing in helping us realize these crazy ideas and helping us revamp the mall in a new way,” he said.
Heath said he hopes the response will be good enough to continue the concerts.
“We’ll see how it goes and figure out if we want to do it seasonally,” he said.