Live Music, Social Media Featured At 2012 Athens Halloween

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The annual Athens Halloween Block Party returns to Court Street this weekend, which means the usual live music and costumed revelers, as well as road closings, various safety issues and for some, a night in the local lockup.

However, this year's event has a few new additions, including a social media presence, a low-power radio station and a public information kiosk located outside City Hall.

The event will be set up in the same way as previous years: two stages for live music, capping off both ends of the block.

The North Stage, located at the intersection of North Court and East State Streets, will kick off Saturday night's festivities with a performance by dadRAM at 7 p.m.

The South Stage, located at the intersection of South and West Union Streets, will present its musical lineup starting with Uptown Budda at 7:30 p.m.

Live music schedule:

North Stage

7 p.m. – dadRAM

8 p.m. – Bright at Night

9 p.m. – Dave Rave

10 p.m. – Four Loco Costume Contest

10:30 p.m. – Dune

12 a.m. – Hell Naw

1 a.m. – Closing Announcments

South Stage

7:30 p.m. – Uptown Budda

8:30 p.m. – Burning River Ramblers

9:30 p.m. – The Porters

11 p.m. – Andy Shaw Band

12:30 a.m. – Rumpke Mountain Boys

1:30 a.m. – Closing Announcements

Festivalgoers and Athens residents alike should also be aware that Mill Street, from Kurtz to Elliott, will be closed to traffic starting Friday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 a.m.

Halloween 2012 also marks the City of Athens' first dive into social media for the exclusive use of Halloween safety.

The City of Athens is now hosting a blog, Facebook page and a Twitter feed which are posting information and safety tips prior to and during the festivities.

In addition to the city’s social media outreach, a low power radio station (1610 AM) will broadcast on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 with general public information, safety messages and schedules.

Another new addition is the "Incident Command" station, located outside City Hall at the intersection of East Washington and South Court Streets. The station is being set up to assist out-of-town partygoers with directions and general information.

This station will also work as a liaison between the local jails and the public, so the jails do not become flooded with calls from people looking for missing friends.

For more information, visit the City of Athens website at www.ci.athens.oh.us