Classic tunes to highlight night market, car show

Scenes like this, with classic cars, are expected at the Night Market Time Machine. [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Maricopans may take a trip down memory lane on Friday night, Jan. 13, during the Night Market Time Machine, where five decades in the city will be celebrated at Copper Sky Park. 

The music will be a backdrop to a classic-car show as well as rows of vendors. 

There is no charge to enter a vehicle, however sign up must be completed before Wednesday. Sign up here. 

At 5 p.m., a local community band, The Vibe, will take the stage and play covers of ‘50s songs. 

When the clock strikes 6, The King of The Soul will take over the stage and play ‘60s and ‘70s classics, including “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond and “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. 

At 8, the stage will change to ’80s and ’90s hits by The Fred Boswell Experience, with a lineup including “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “… Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. 

It is recommended that visitors dress to impress, as there will be photo opportunities throughout the night. 

Fifty vendors will be selling treats, including a Beer Garden by Native Wings. 

Day-of-event limited parking is $10 (cash or credit card). Entrance is at State Route 347 and Bowlin Road. Complimentary passes for Copper Sky Annual members are available at the Copper Sky member-services desk. Prepaid discount parking passes are available for $7 until noon on Jan. 13.  

A complimentary shuttle will be provided from Maricopa High School, Maricopa Wells Middle School and Maricopa Elementary from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

The event replaces the city’s annual balloon festival, Copa Glow Night Market this year. 

“The Copa Glow Night Market has been a successful event in years past but presents significant logistical challenges to execute properly.” Quinn Konold, the city’s communications director said.

“As with all our events, we will evaluate the success of the Time Machine Night Market and decide in the future about continuing this event or shifting back to Copa Glow or another format,” Konold said.

“We’re excited to gauge the interest from the public in the Time Machine Night Market.”