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Spirit on Mountain Street successful, wet

Brooklynn Wilkes, A&E Correspondent

Despite a heavy downpour, Jacksonville kept its spirits high for Spirit on Mountain Street. With the new school year beginning, we have already stumbled upon a few F’s: Friends, fun, and food! Thankfully, these F’s were in abundance during the festivals 14th annual celebration. 

If you weren’t busy listening to music at the Jamfest stage, you could easily have found yourself lost within all the vendors serving up food, drinks, and good conversation. In Jacksonville, it’s easy to make friends and get to know the faces behind business we frequent every day. 

You got to know everyone especially well when taking cover from the downpour that tried to bring down the spirits on mountain street. We lost a sizable group due to the threat of lightning and impending threat of more rain. Those who stayed were clearly determined to feast on more than just food, but their eyes on Scotty McCreery. 

To pass time before McCreery, you could find kids begging parents for “Five More Minutes” of playtime at the “kidzone”. Not to mention, the people who were “In Between” their second or third round of food from vendors like Taco Bell, Jacks, Papa Johns, and Bojangles. It is also important to note the more local food options like Effina’s, Coop de Ville, Cooter Browns, and LocoMex. 

Considering the loss of people to the rain, the ones who stayed kept their smiles wide and their energies high. The vendors started breaking down their booths and anticipation for Scotty was heavy in the air, with more rain unfortunately. 

The concert went on a little later than expected in order to allow the rain to clear out. Once it did, mountain street was filled with laughter, singing, and music once again, thanks to a little help from Mr. McCreery. Rain or no rain, this year’s Spirit on Mountain Street was one that will not be forgotten too easily. 

Photo courtesy of Spirit on Mountain Street

Scotty McCreery takes JSU by storm

Breanna Hill, A&E Editor

This past Thursday, August 22, as a part of welcome week, Jacksonville State University hosted their fall semester concert, this time with country music star Scotty McCreery. McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol in 2011 and has since became a well-known name in the country music industry. 

Uncertainty was taking over just a couple of hours before the concert was to take place. Just above the massive stage set up in the Meehan Hall parking lot, adjacent to Mountain Street, clouds threatened to release a treacherous downpour. The approaching storm was not enough to send the hundreds of audience members from crowding the stage in anticipation. 

After concert-goers having to take shelter in various campus locations while the thunderstorm passed over Jacksonville, the concert was finally able to start. The entire parking lot was buzzing with concert-goers ready to catch a glimpse of McCreeryand listen to his catchy, country hits.  He emerged on stage, filled with energy and ready to play some of his most well-known songs

The country music star kicked off the concert with “Buzzin”, which was released in 2013. He created a fun, electric atmosphere for all the fans watching the concert by singing various chart-toppers of his such as “Boys From Back Home”, “Feelin’ It”, “This is It”, “Five More Minutes” and “Seasons Change”.

McCreery took a break between some of his hits to honor early 2000s country artists by covering their songs. He performedGeorge Strait’s number one hit “Check Yes or No” .

The close call with the weather was not enough to discourage or disrupt welcome week festivities. McCreery delivered an incredible, energized performance that the audience was able to enjoy with ease, and will surely remember for quite some time.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Stephens

Jacksonville builds community ‘Spirit’ on Mountain Street

The Jacksonville community gathered on Thursday to celebrate Spirit on Mountain Street (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer)

JP Wood, Staff Reporter

Welcome week festivities marched on at JSU Thursday night as The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University came together to host the 13th annual Spirit on Mountain Street.

Local businesses, Jacksonville residents and JSU students all turned out on Mountain Street in front of JSU Stadium for food offered by local restaurants, an antique car show, a hotdog eating contest and a free concert by Morgan Wallen.

The event has had a positive impact on local businesses for years, and 2018 was no different.

Jean and Steven Ellison, JSU graduates and owners of ‘The Music Box’ in Anniston, which offers instrumental lessons of all sorts to local children, say the event allows them to spread the word about their business and get the word out in a mass setting. This was their second year as vendors at Spirit on Mountain Street. According to Jean Ellison, her business definitely saw a spike in clientele after their attendance last year.

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Cocky gets a massage at one of the many booths at ‘Spirit on Mountain Street’ on Thursday (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer)

This year’s Spirit on Mountain Street comes amidst rising tensions between the University and the City of Jacksonville as housing, zoning and parking issues have become more prevalent during tornado recovery. Ellison says that the joint venture between JSU and the Jacksonville community is “a great way to kick off the year on a united front.”

Alongside The Music Box, there were also tents set up from multiple clothing vendors, insurance agencies, and oh so many restaurants. Pizza, sandwiches, and drinks were flowing in abundance as attendees took advantage of the $1 flat rate for concessions. As the sun set on the street festivities, country artist Morgan Wallen took the stage in the Meehan Hall parking lot for a free concert, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Proceeds from the event went to the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, an organization of more than 20 churches that work together to serve the community. According the Jacksonville COC, the event netted around $10,000, all of which will go to support residents within the 36265 zip code.