Saturday night: Buckham Alley Fest to showcase downtown Flint’s creativity

Tracy Brewington, left, and Chris Everson pictured in Buckham Alley in downtown Flint. The pair has laid the groundwork for Flint’s newest summertime event: Buckham Alley Fest. The arts-oriented festival will be held in Buckham Alley on Saturday night from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event is free and open to the public. (Photo by Jared Field)

FLINT, Michigan – Chris Everson is the Johnny Cash of urbanites – he’s been everywhere. As a tour manager for numerous bands, Everson criss-crossed the United States, Canada and even made stops in Western Europe before settling, loft-style, in downtown Flint. In those few free moments on tour between solving logistical problems at venues and reassuring temperamental frontmen, Everson took stock of his surroundings.

“I’ve traveled all over the place with bands,” said Everson, who daylights as the office manager at the Downtown Development Authority in Flint. “I’ve seen what other cities have to offer and I want to bring some of those things to Flint.”

Great events, it seems, is one of those things.

Here’s your introduction to Flint’s newest downtown event: An organic, arts-oriented, music-scene showcasing cornucopia of creativity. If you’re into the whole brevity thing, call it Buckham Alley Fest.

The Birth of BAF

It’s no surprise that the brainstorm than precipitated the birth of Buckham Alley Fest was localized due west of the bricks of South Saginaw Street. Arguably downtown Flint’s most iconic pub, The Torch, has probably been the informal launching pad for many great ideas in the city over the years. It was at the Torch, the center of gravity of downtown’s most famous alley, that Everson and Tracy Brewington began laying the foundation for an alley fest fit for Flint.

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