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On October 25, 2008, an all-day event will be held at The Lumberyard, 120 Cleveland Ave.   The slogan, "Music, Food, Fun, and Politics" sums up the event. Huntsville's most popular musicians will be performing throughout the day and night as a promotion for voter registration and participation in the upcoming election.  In between sets, Madison County Democrat and Republican Party candidates and elected city officials will be addressing what promises to be a sold-out event.  Local vendors will have food available in the food court, and beer and wine will be on sale all day in the wood sheds. 

Rock The Vote Huntsville's number one goal is to elevate political awareness and encourage active participation in the voting process. Event promotions throughout the city provide reminders and links to increase voter registration.  The Alabama deadline to register to vote is October 24th and on Saturday, Oct. 25th, both political parties will be celebrating the culmination of their own voter registration drives.

Sixteen acts will perform back to back, and at the end of the night, musicians from different bands and genres will unite for a finale jam. Throughout the day activities include a voting booth, ring toss, darts  and the inauguration of AM Booth’s “Catch the Train” game.  Running tallies will be announced periodically.  

 Doug Smith, owner of The Lumberyard and Huntsville’s most prestigious recording engineer, organized the event.  Smith opened Sound Cell Recording on the corner of Meridian and Cleveland Ave. in 1981 and purchased the acre of land around Sound Cell in 2006 with his wife, Joy, and transformed it into Park Place Plaza.

Park Place Plaza, across from Bud Cramer Park is now home to Smith Music Group Inc, Office Interiors by OSCO Inc., Bicycles Etc., Allison Jansen Photography and the newest addition, To Die For - Interiors and gifts.  Behind the plaza is an expansive courtyard surrounded by a kiln, a railroad switch shack with side tracks, and lumber sheds dating back to the late 1800’s. Upon entering The Lumberyard, one might mistake it for the set of a movie. The historically rustic atmosphere is decorated with exotic plants and flowers. The old sheds are now a lighted multi-colored backdrop to the unique decorations aesthetically strewn around the courtyard. An early version of a gas pump, a claw-foot bathtub from the old Russell-Erskine hotel, a wrought-iron cheese cutter, a five foot hand saw, a fire-hose, a bed frame?, an American flyer bicycle, and a safe painted with A.M Booth’s name that hasn‘t been opened since the 19th century can all be found here at The Lumberyard.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the courtyard was a fully functional lumberyard supplying lumber to what is now Old Town Huntsville. The Lumberyard was owned by A.M. Booth whose original sign “since 1895” still decorates the tin of one of the half dozen sheds parallel to the train tracks. A.M. Booth supplied lumber to several prestigious homes in Old Town and buildings around Huntsville for over fifty years.

 When asked where the idea for the event came about, Smith explained, " I had just finished a session (at Sound Cell) the day after the recent Mayoral election and was talking politics on a break out in The Lumberyard.  I realized that less than 30,000 people voted in a municipality of over 170,000 people, and someone suggested doing the show. It's just grown from there."   People got on the phone and began sending out emails with a surprisingly positive reaction. "Everybody just jumped on board without hesitation. The first response I got from musicians, sound guys, light guys, the street team, general staff, etc. was, ". Count me in.'  We eventually had to start turning people down, there were so many people wanting to be a part of this thing."  

The idea would not have come into fruition without the support and cooperation of the Meridian business community and city administrators. Among the businesses surrounding The Lumberyard, To Die For, a new interior and gift shop, is now sponsoring the event. Four buildings over, the unique upscale clothing boutique, Envy, is celebrating their third year on Meridian. When Envy owner Ginger MacNealy heard about the event she didn’t hesitate to offer her support and join in on the flag waving.  

At 6:00PM on the 25th, as soon as the sun hits the horizon, TLS, Huntsville's Theatrical Lighting, will light up the lumberyard as it hasn’t been seen for the last century. Affordable Sound Recording and Booking from Decatur will be shaking the rafters with their impressive sound system.   If you can still manage to get tickets, you’ll have a hard time believing you’re in downtown Huntsville. Local rock radio, 95.1FM will be on hand with radio personalities helping to MC the show and providing all-day live coverage of the event, and Best Buy employees are contributing a screen projection for the stage and political ads.

 The Lumberyard is no stranger to community awareness and charity events. Earlier this year, Bicycles Etc. brought the Tour De Cure to The Lumberyard and helped raise over $60,000 for Diabetes research. Firing up the grill in preparation for "Tour de Cure"

Huntsville’s Young Professionals kicked in to help construct the stage for last year’s Halloween party at The Lumberyard. Every band donated a track to a compilation CD given away with advance ticket purchases just to make sure the event is a sell-out. 

Show up at noon and stay all day, or show up for your favorite band and stay until the wee hours. Bring the family. Bring lawn chairs, strollers, and pets, and come hungry and thirsty. There are covered areas all throughout The Lumberyard, so the event goes on rain or shine.

Park Place Plaza fronts Meridian Street a block south of Pratt and stretches back to the tracks across from Huntsville's Skate and Dog parks.  The Lumberyard’s entrance is located at 120 Cleveland Ave., next to the mural proclaiming, “A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard.”