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“Soulunique” sponsored by Jagoe Homes

Our title sponsor continues our “Summer of Love” fest and takes us downtown to Motown with “Soulunique” and their R&B sweet dance music.  They are making their debut at Friday After 5 but they are no stranger to Owensboro. In fact, Owensboro Police Chief, Art Elum is one of the members!  SOULUNIQUE is a dance band composed of musicians with very diverse musical influences, ranging from R&B, Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock and Gospel. SOULUNIQUE formed in the 1999, playing at special events, wedding receptions, private parties and clubs in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Their song selection will take you through decades of musical memories as they perform your favorite tunes. They remix funky renditions of chart topping songs from old school to modern-day. They specialize in R&B, Funk and Dance music.  Their show features every great dance song you can remember from blues and soul to R&B funk and rock.  Sweet! It’s a party courtesy of the people who make the “American Dream” come true, Jagoe Homes.  Those left standing after the band’s first break can help us toast the sunset from their own front row seat on the river at 7:45pm.   Then it all starts over again as Soulunique revs up the dance party until 10pm. Tonight’s Class PreUnions: Ohio County Class of 1977, Owensboro Catholic Classes of 1977 and 2012. Fun. Free. Friends.  Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins.   WARNING: We cannot be responsible for sore feet Saturday morning from dancing all night to Soulunique.   6:30pm-10:00pm

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Logan Dyer is a working musician.  He runs his own locally owned music store and buys, sells and trades used musical instruments.  Besides being an accomplished musician, he is a woodwind and brasswind repair technician and teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin. He brings his talents to the Atmos Energy courtyard tonight as part of our “Summer of Love” season. The Atmos Courtyard is a great venue with ambiance and tucked away in a romantic setting set to music each week thanks to our friends at Atmos Energy.  7:00pm-10:00pm

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Josh Merritt grew up with music. Tonight, his band sets our “Summer of Love” to his special brand of music.  “I’ve always had a deep love for music since as long as I can remember, but even before that I can remember wanting to help people with and through emotion. I can remember when I was really young living with my mom and we had it really rough for a while. She would scoop me up and hold me when she was crying and she always said I made her feel better. Even as a child that touched me so deep. Enough that I truly believe that it became a mission in life for me, even that early. I believe that is why I love being a musician so much. There is literally no other tool I have found that is more effective in helping people enjoy life. Whether it’s a jumpy song that makes people feel good, a commemorative song that gives respect, or a sad song that helps you remember and get it all out. There is nothing more special to me. ” Josh Merritt Band playing tonight on our newest venue, the Don Moore Party Pier!  The river isn’t “over there” it’s RIGHT UNDER YOU!  It’s a great place to dance and enjoy the fun summer night! One of the many amenities of the nearby Smothers Park is the new waterfall feature and the Signature Fountain, designed by the same team that created the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas.  Don Moore Automotive team sponsors our biggest weekly party all season!   It’s a party every Friday on “The Pier” and just like Friday After 5, it’s free.   8:00pm-11:30pm

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Tonight we’re hosting our annual “Friday After 5k” or FA5k!  It’s a competitive race with awards and prizes for our runners. It’s all for fun and a good cause as we team up with Kentucky Wesleyan College and the Wesleyan Way!   It’s the night boaters from around the region have waited for all summer long!  We’ll have runners all over downtown and boaters watching from the Ohio.  There’s fun, food and great music for the landlubber! We’ve invited “Curious George” to the party tonight courtesy of TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes so be sure to bring the kids and have your camera phone ready.  Have your 12 or under kid register to win one of two kid’s bikes Walmart is giving away tonight.  Just register.  They pull out two names each week and the kids get to go to Walmart and pick out a bike! Plus, we’ll have artists and their works displayed on the warm, romantic riverfront. Owensboro’s Kroger Stores team up to present a fun street fair all season at Friday After 5.  Kroger hosts our family friendly, safe and street fair. We’ll have the kids’ Hula-Hoop contest sponsored by Welborn’s followed by five brave couples competing in the Kroger Water Balloon Toss.  Winning couple gets a Kroger Gift Card.  The losing couple gets a towel.  It  begins at 7:50 and will end about four balloon bursts later. Then at dusk, join us in our “Toast to the Sunset”.  The nightlife begins when the sun goes down.  The entire family will enjoy the resort-quality Smothers Park which includes a spray park, magical trees that you can climb (from the INSIDE) plus a breath-taking view of the Ohio river.  Just like Friday After 5, all of the fun is free.

Glenn’s Gospel on the River

Tonight we continue our 13th consecutive season of Glenn’s Gospel on the River with “Won Life”, “Music City Boys”and “Blue Diamond Band”.  These three great gospel groups perform in beautiful Cannon Hall with a seating capacity of 1,500 people inside the RiverPark Center as part of Friday After 5. Great Southern Gospel at its best.  Don’t look for someone to pass a collection plate.  All performances at Friday After 5 are free and there is no admission to any venue.  Doors open at 6pm.  Show begins at 7pm.  Fun. Free. Family.

Cromwell New Sound Overlook

Friday After 5 celebrates our 21st anniversary by partnering with Cromwell Radio to bring new, up and coming talent to the party!  Each week on the beautiful “Overlook Stage” we’ll showcase the newest talent from musicians to dancers live in concert beginning at 7:30pm. Tonight, the award-winning Owensboro Dance Theatre makes an encore appearance!  ODT trains young dancers in a variety of disciplines and provides clinics and workshops available and open to all young aspiring dancers in the Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana region. We present two major productions each year featuring Owensboro Dance Theatre Company members, local dancers and guest artists from nationally recognized professional dance companies and a third production featuring a nationally recognized professional dance company. They will dance their way into your heart beginning at 7:30 tonight.  Then we’ll turn the stage over to rising star Abbey Shelton, the 17-year-old country swinger that will perform from 8:30pm-10pm tonight. The “Overlook Stage” at the foot of Frederica Street and next to the signature fountains and beautiful, cascading falls on the riverfront.  Take a sneak peek at tomorrow’s stars under the stars tonight and every Friday thanks to our friends at Cromwell Radio!  Showtime: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

All America logo cleanThere’s more!  Owensboro is an All-America City and is home of the  Owensboro Free Air Show, the largest sassafras tree in the world and International Bluegrass Museum!   Our new $14mm International Bluegrass Music Center will open in 2017!  Enjoy our mile of music every Friday night during the summer at Friday After 5, the city’s signature summer-long free music festival.   You can stroll up and down our beautiful riverwalk overlooking the mighty Ohio River past the signature fountains and the “Overlook Stage” covered in an ever-changing color canopy.  For details on all of the fun all the time, click here:  VisitOwensboro.com 

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