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“7 Bridges” sponsored by Kentucky Wesleyan College

The Eagles have landed at Friday After 5 in the form of “7 Bridges” thanks to Kentucky Wesleyan College. KWC welcomes their “Class of 2020” to Owensboro by flying in the nation’s best Eagles Tribute Band! The KWC fullultimate Eagles Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles.  Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, “7 Bridges” faithfully re-creates an Eagles concert experience tonight on the Jagoe Homes Patio Stage. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. The band features 7 Bridges photoJason Manning as Glenn Frey, Keith Thomas as Don Henley, Brian Graves as Randy Meisner/Timothy Schmit and Tony Haan as Joe Walsh.  Thank you Kentucky Wesleyan College for tonight’s party!  SPECIAL BONUS:  KWC’s “Milly & Tyler” open for 7 Bridges at 6:30pm.  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! .  7 Bridges plays on the patio from 7:30pm-10:00pm

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Tonight in the Atmos Energy Courtyard:  King’s Highway Bluegrass Band.  We’re the home of the International Bluegrass Music Museum Kings Highway 2015and we’re celebrating tonight with one of the best Bluegrass Bands ever in the Atmos Courtyard, located just a few feet from the museum itself.  King’s Highway features Josh Johnston (guitar), Kevin Bowlds (fiddle), Mark Hargis (mandolin), Mike Fulkerson (banjo), and Richard Clark (bass).  “True Blue” Bluegrass is their specialty and they bring the spirit and fun of this special genre to the party tonight.  The “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe was born several miles from Owensboro and we’re celebrating in a big way with the construction 2014 FA5 Aug 15 Brasher Bogue 313and 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.  KWC’s Dr. Diane Earle, world-renown pianist opens for King’s Highway at 6:15pm.  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-10:00pmstrip petting zoo where weekend begins

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Tonight, it’s the final free Gospel Music concert of the season in beautiful Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center.  The Crossmen Quartet, Deena Ashley and The Joylanders are on stage tonight.  Glenn Family Services has sponsored this free gospel series for more than 12 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.

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We set the summer night to music on the Party Pier with CALABASH! The super-charged fun band began as a collaboration between two aspiring singer/songwriters in the heart of America’s music city, Nashville. Having formed the group with a shared determination for performing original music, the duo of Paul Wiemeier and Jarod Heim returned calabash pierback to their home of Evansville, Indiana. As their music grew, so did the lineup. What was once a simple acoustic duo had become an onslaught of rhythm and melody. After years of gigging regionally and building up a fan base, CALABASH has risen to new heights and is ready to party! KWC’s Matt Hanks opens for Calabash at 7pm.  Tonight’s band is staying over courtesy of our newest downtown hotel, Holiday Inn Riverfront, home of “Another Broken Egg”. 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 2014 FA5 Aug 15 Brasher Bogue 309visitors 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

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Lazy Dayz Smothers ParkThe fun has begun. Tonight is “Over the Edge for MentorKids” and Block Party!  We provide free space for all of the “Non-Profit Agencies” in our community.  We’ll have the Independence Bank train rolling down Veteran’s Blvd with free rides for the kids!  Be sure to have your 12 or under kid register to win one of two kid’s bikes Wal-Mart is giving away tonight.  Just register.  They pull out two names each week and the kids get to go to Wal-Mart and pick out a bike! Daviess County Library is bringing in a special “Storybook Character” courtesy of TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes right here in Owensboro! We’ll shine the spotlight on the kids who spray parkcompete 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!

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Tonight Cromwell Radio continues it’s mission to provide a stage for our overlook beautynewest, up and coming performers.  Tonight “Rock a Teens” return to Friday After 5.  These talented Teens recreate all of the hits from over the rock and roll years with a story to tell with each song.  Then, KWC’s DJ Sammy Bland until 10pm. 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.  Just like Friday After 5, it’s free.  Join the fun tonight!  7:00pm-8:30pm

Friday?  We have a festival for that!

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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 2016 Platinum_Cnationally 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.


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