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Kentucky Wesleyan College welcomes their “Class of 2021” to Owensboro with Motown Downtown! Since 1998, V-Groove has established itself as one of the premiere bands in the Southeast/Midwest. Their performances show fluency and versatility in the genres of roots music: blues, soul, R&B, funk, and rock. V-Groove is hard to define due to this diversity. However, one thing is for sure…everything V-Groove does has energy and will make you move and have a good time. The band plays regularly at venues in their hometown of Lousiville, KY and is making its sixth appearance at our award-winning Friday After 5 festival. The band was named the best band in Louisville more than once by the readers of the LEO and you’ll hear why tonight. It’s a dance/concert experience tonight on the Jagoe Homes Patio Stage. Our “Summer of Love” continues tonight and includes our “mile of music” up and down the award-winning Owensboro Riverfront. Thank you Kentucky Wesleyan College for tonight’s party! Many members of the KWC coaching staff and players will be on hand tonight plus KWC will be bringing their new KWC mascot! Don’t miss any of the free fun! . V-Groove plays on the patio from 6:30pm-10:00pm
Tonight in the Atmos Energy Courtyard: Chris Joslin, the Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum here in Owensboro. A self-identified “banjo nerd”, Chris is hopelessly obsessed with all aspects of bluegrass music. This obsession comes in handy leading the only museum on the planet dedicated solely to bluegrass music. A veteran of Nashville’s bluegrass and acoustic music scene, Chris started his career touring and recording with the bluegrass group Crucial Smith. Since then he has performed with such diverse artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Tim O’Brien, Michael Martin Murphy, Buddy Greene, Matthew West, and Rebecca St. James. Additionally, Chris appears on a broad spectrum of recordings for other artists that range from Bluegrass and Celtic to Americana. Joining Chris Joslin for this exciting evening of music are some of the finest bluegrass musicians in the Owensboro area. Bluegrass music is forever linked to Kentucky, and Owensboro is the Bluegrass Music Capital of the World! The “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe was born several miles from Owensboro and we’re celebrating in a big way with the construction and grand opening of the International Bluegrass Music Center in 2017. It’s a multi-million dollar center that includes artifacts and recordings of the most famous bluegrass pioneers in history. A fun-filled evening of music is waiting for you tonight. Over twenty-years ago Atmos Energy gifted the “Courtyard” the RiverPark Center. Now they set it to music by sponsoring our acoustic entertainers each Friday evening all summer long. Stop by and bring you date! 7:00pm-10:00pm
Tonight, it’s the final free Gospel Music concert of the season in beautiful Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center. The Johnson Family, Deena Ashley and The Sneed are on stage tonight. Glenn Family Services has sponsored this free gospel series for more than 13 years running. Call a friend and enjoy a faith-lifting performance by three great groups tonight. Thank you Glenn Family Services for giving back to the community year after year! Doors open at 6pm. Show at 7pm.
We set the “Summer of Love” to music on the Party Pier Deuce ‘n Quarter. with In 1959 the top of the line Buick was the new Electra. Borrowing from the styling’s of the Cadillac and the Oldsmobile, with chromed grill and fins, this car measured in at 225 inches or a “deuce ‘n a quarter”. Today Deuce ‘n a Quarter is a Columbus Ohio based band fronted by the strong voice and wailing harp of Brian Peters. He is backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections in Mid-Ohio with Steve Perakis on bass, Andre Scott on drums, Jeffrey Allen on guitar, and John Sipher on keys. Their rich and smooth sound of original music is treated like an old friend, as they faithfully add to the musical expressions of their many legendary influences. Teamed with Brian’s lyrical narrations, the band fosters the acceptance, even the romanticism of life’s physical and emotional hardships which, after all, is what the blues is all about! Join the party tonight on the Don Moore Party Pier, our All-America City newest performance venues. The “Party Pier” is right on the Ohio River behind our new Convention Center. Just steps away, you’ll find Smothers Park where visitors fall in love with the new waterfall feature and the Signature Fountain, designed by the same people who created the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Don Moore Automotive team sponsors the entire season where we throw a party every Friday of the summer. Just like everything at Friday After 5, it’s free. Fun. Free. Friends. Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins! 8pm-11:30pm
The fun has begun. Tonight we salute all things Wesleyan! We’ll have KWC students performing and the entire KWC team on site as we welcome their Class of 2021! Plus we’ll have food trucks and fun vendors all along our “mile of music.” We provide free space for all of the “Non-Profit Agencies” in our community. We’ve invited “Dory” to tonight’s party courtesy of TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes right here in Owensboro! We’ll shine the spotlight on the kids who compete in our weekly Hula-Hoop contest at 7:45 sponsored by Welborn’s followed by five grown-ups who try to win the Kroger Water Balloon toss. Winners and losers join together to “Toast the Sunset”, a Friday After 5 tradition for 20 years! It’s the only place where the sun goes down yet the night warms up! The kids will love the huge “Lazy Dayz” playground near the signature fountains in Smothers Park. They can actually climb up a tree from the inside! Really! It’s a resort quality park filled with fun and friends. Just like Friday After 5, it’s free. Thanks Kroger for all of the fun!
Tonight Cromwell Radio continues it’s mission to provide a stage for our newest, up and coming performers. Talent and tunes tonight on the Cromwell Radio New Sound Overlook. It’s a beautiful venue located right next to the signature fountain and just steps away from the award-winning “Lazy Dazy” park. We provide a great venue for young performers giving them a chance to make public performances at the city’s award-winning “Platinum Community Event.” Just like Friday After 5, it’s free. Join the fun tonight! 7:00pm-9:30pm
Owensboro is a city of festivals including “International BBQ Festival”, “Big O Music Festival”, “ROMP Bluegrass Festival”, “Bourbon, Blues and Brew Festival”, “Multi-Cultural Festival”, “Apple Festival”, “Balloons over Garden”, “Daylillies Festival” and many others. We celebrate almost everything, including the fact that it’s Friday. Our downtown Riverfront is nationally known and has won international awards and recognition. Friday After 5 sets the Riverfront to music for sixteen consecutive weeks each summer. We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. We earned the “Platinum Award Winner for Best Community Event/Attraction” in this year’s “Readers’ Choice Poll.” Plus, all events are free. We invite you to experience Owensboro and joining us for Friday After 5 is a great starting place for you and your family. It’s fun. It’s free.