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Music and street art at ‘Off The Walls’

Echo Sonic is one of the bands scheduled

Echo Sonic is one of the bands scheduled to perform at the SparkBoom arts initiative's “Off The Walls” block party at the Huntington Arts Council on Sat, Aug. 24. (Credit: Keith Stein / Hurricane of Lions Photography)

Although summer 2013 is starting to wind down, it is possible that you have yet to take in one of the many daytime, outdoor bashes and get-togethers around the Island.

With many of those events usually found in the Hamptons, or over on Fire Island, for some a long drive or ferry ride can weigh heavily against a party far from home. But on Saturday, Aug. 24, there’s an al fresco afternoon affair taking place in Huntington — a fairly central point for most Long Islanders — and it will feature four hours of art, food and music.

From 2 -6 p.m. the SparkBoom arts initiative is throwing a block party, calling it “Off The Walls” -- a reference to the street art at the heart of this soiree. “Street art” is a style that borrows from the patterns, ideas and letterings used frequently in graffiti. And if you have ever looked at the Huntington Art Council building (213 Main St., 631-271-8423, and felt it could use a bit more color, this could be an event geared toward to your liking. During the day, three internationally renowned graffiti artists (NYC-based Sonic and Maspaz, plus LI’s own Phetus) will be spray-painting the outside walls of the Council.

In addition, there will be a number of food trucks and art vendors, plus live performances from LI bands such as Echo Sonic, Barbaric Yawp and Motion Ocean — and it’s all taking place in the Art Council’s parking lot.

No RSVP is necessary, but there is a $5 suggested donation for entry; for more information check out SparkBoom online at and

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