Here Come the Mummies / Courtesy photo
A funk band full of mummies will play a free show on Dickson Street this weekend.
Nashville-based Here Come The Mummies, along with locals Boom Kinetic and DJ Raquel, will perform in the West Avenue parking lot (also known as the Walton Arts Center lot) on Sunday, May 22.
The show is part of the annual Joe Martin Stage Race festivities, the longest-running cycling stage race in the country, which is set for May 19-22 in Fayetteville.
The music will coincide with the criterium races that take place in a 1.2-mile course across the downtown area all day on Sunday. In addition to the live music, food trucks and a beer garden will be set up for everyone to enjoy.
The show is part of several new features and upgrades made possible this year at the race thanks to a new sponsorship agreement with Walmart.
“With Walmart’s partnership we will be able to not only grow the race in terms of prominence, but to also upgrade key areas of the overall participant and spectator experience,” longtime race director Bruce Dunn said in February.
The added support, he said, will help upgrade several components of the race, including increased prize purses, rider race tracking, daily video recaps and live streaming of the criterium races on the final day of the event.
JMSR officials also recently announced that this year’s race will be live streamed on the Global Cycling Network (GCN), with commentary from cycling legend Bob Roll and Lauren Hill.
Here Come the Mummies are best known for their live shows. They’re also known for keeping their band members under wraps (sorry), careful not to reveal their players rumored to include well-known studio players and in some cases Grammy Award-winning musicians. They’re also well known for dressing up as mummies when they perform. Not a lot of bands do that, really.
The show is free to attend and open to the public. Music is set to begin around noon, and will continue through the afternoon along with the criterium races.
A map and race schedule for Sunday’s event is below. For more information about Joe Martin Stage Race, visit their website.