Coming soon: BIFF Summer Block Party

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BDN file photo Beloit-based band Switch Track Alley rocked out with participants of the BIFF Blockbuster Block Party last year at the Ironworks campus. This year's party is planned from 5-11 p.m. on Aug. 11.

BELOIT - One of the summer's biggest parties is back, as the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) plans its second annual Blockbuster Block Party.

The party is set from 5-11 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Ironworks campus. The one-night festival will be held in the "spine" of the campus, or where the pedestrian bridge meets the west bank of the Rock River. The first block party was held along Third Street on the west portion of the campus with a few hundred attendees.

Greg Gerard, assistant director for BIFF, said the party will feature live music from two bands, libations and food. Minneapolis band Ian Alexy and the Deserters will kick off the night at 5 p.m., followed by the headliner Trapper Schoepp and the Shades at 8 p.m.

"They're both neo-Americana style bands with uplifting, positive themes in their music," Gerard said.

He said both bands perform original music.

"It's going to be the chance to hear some new music in a new location," Gerard said.

There will be beverage service, including beer and wine coolers, provided by Suds O'Hanahan's Irish Pub. This year, those drinking alcohol may roam around the entire block as opposed to staying in one beer garden.

Vinces' Gourmet Hot Dogs and Spuds also will be bringing a food truck and a potato tent to the venue.

Gerard said BIFF opted out of having a feature film this year, because it took away from the buzz of the party. He said BIFF officials wanted to make the event more about the music and bands.

The inflatable BIFF screen will be making an appearance, though, to show silent videos and images of Beloit.

"It'll be a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach," Gerard said.

Though the event is geared towards adults, children also are welcome. The cost is $5, and children under 12 are free.

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