Double Decker Arts Festival announced its 2020 concert lineup on Tuesday morning. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival, which will take place April 24 and 25 on the Square.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise will headline the festival on Saturday. Other Saturday acts include St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Toots and The Maytals, The War and Treaty, Chris Knight, Maggie Rose, The Sensational Barnes Brothers and Chadwick Band.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise is an alternative rock-indie band from North Carolina. The band was featured on the long-running PBS show Austin City Limits in January. The group’s 2018 album “How To: Friend, Love Freefall” debuted at No. 28 on the iTunes U.S. Albums Chart.
Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will kick off Double Decker at The Lyric with a show featuring Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, The New Respects and Sweet Crude on Friday night.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors is an Americana band with members from Memphis and Nashville. In October, the band visited the Ole Miss campus and performed in the Gertrude Ford Center as part of its Dragons Tour. The band’s most recent album, “Dragons,” reached No. 3 on both the U.S. Folk and Vinyl album charts.
“It’s an amazing lineup for students. (Student Activities Association and Double Decker) really worked hard to make sure the students’ voices were represented,” SAA executive director Carl Tart said. “We are moving forward to and striving to make sure each student is represented with our concerts, and we hope students come out and show their support for Rainbow Kitten Surprise. It’s a free concert, live music, and it’s always amazing. We want people to come out, have fun and enjoy themselves.”
In addition to the musical acts, Double Decker features nearly 200 art and food vendors.
“Double Decker has become one of the premier festivals across the southeast and earned a
great reputation,” Double Decker coordinator Lee Ann Stubbs told The Daily Mississippian last year. “It has grown from the bed of a pickup truck, playing music, to bringing so many people and renowned musicians to the town.”