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“Andy Brasher Band” sponsored by Bud Light

The party continues tonight as Bud Light presents the Andy Brasher Band!  At fourteen years old Andy started his first band and performed covers at parties, festivals and bars in Owensboro, Bowling Green and surrounding counties. Soon, he built a large and loyal local following that gave him the courage to try his talents of singing, playing and writing in Downtown night1Nashville, TN.  Tonight he sets Friday After 5 to music! Country hits and rock classics roll tonight on the patio stage. The Kroger Water Balloon Toss and our fun kids’ Hula Hoop contest take place during the band’s only break at 7:45pm.  Tonight’s Class PreUnions: Owensboro Catholic High Classes of 1967, 1992 and 2007 and Apollo High Classes of 1997 and 2012. Tonight we continue our celebration of our “Summer of Love” on all of our venues of entertainment!  The Jagoe Homes stage on the BB&T Plaza at the RiverPark Center, the Atmos Courtyard, Don Moore Party at the Pier at the Convention Center, The Cromwell Radio New Sound stage and Kroger Street Fair. Fun. Friends. Free.  Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins.  Andy Brasher Band: 6:30pm-10:00pm

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Tonight we welcome “Tommy and Cathy Mullins” in concert. They are the “Gold Star” parents of Brandon Scott Mullins and head his Memorial Foundation. These talented entertainers have music with a message.  Twenty years ago Atmos Energy gifted the Courtyard to the RiverPark Center.  Just several years ago Atmos again upped their game by upgrading the Courtyard with two flaming gas torches, overhead decorative lighting and all new landscaping.  They also sponsor the entire season of acoustic artists tonight through September 4th at Friday After 5.  Fun. Friends. Free.  Thanks to our season-long sponsor, Atmos Energy. 7:00pm-10:00pm

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Tonight we set the “Summer of Love” to reggae! The Spiritual Rez reggae funk dance experience is an unabashed display of musical virtuosity. When paired with a deep, sub-sonic groove and powerful heart-felt vocalization; crowds are left dancing and screaming for more. Over the past 9 years, these six men have relentlessly toured the country to share their music and appreciation of the arts. Rooted in rock, reggae, and funk; their diversity exemplifies their love and desire to put on a live experience that will not only cut to your core, but also ignite the inner flame that exists in us all. A constant festival favorite, Spiritual Rez can shake a stage like a psychedelic dance earthquake. Evoking their personal power animals, they fearlessly forge into the musically unknown, creating a masterpiece at every performance. It’s this power, this creative desire, that has fans traveling across the nation to experience this raw and intoxicating display of musical bliss.The “Don Moore Party Pier” is our newest venue.  It doesn’t just “overlook” the Ohio, it goes out OVER the Ohio River!  It’s a great venue and a guaranteed party every Friday all summer long!  What kind of venue is it?  It’s Hot Don! 7:30pm – 11:00pm.

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       Kroger Street Fair

It’s “Harley Bike Night” downtown tonight!   It’s just number one on the list of fun things to do tonight downtown. Friends. Food. Fun.  Free. There’s fun all downtown tonight including our “resort-quality” Smothers Park, almost ten acres of waterfront fun! We have our kids Hula-Hoop contest at 7:45 and then the Kroger Water Balloon toss begins at 7:50 and will end about four balloon bursts later with the winning couple getting a $25 Kroger Gift card and a towel.  Tonight at dusk we’ll “Toast the Sunset”. 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! Call a friend and have some free fun at Owensboro’s summer-long festival. We’ve invited special “Star Wars” characters to the party courtesy of  TDs Tuff Decisions costumes. Food trucks. Cold drinks. Fun. Free. Friends. Thanks to Kroger, Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins! Let’s go Krogering!

Cromwell Radio New Sound Stage 

All season long Cromwell Radio and Friday After 5 brings the newest, brightest talent to the party on the “Overlook Stage” at the foot of Frederica Street.  Tonight we’ll feature DJ Party Commander “DJ Prof G” also known as Chad Gesser. Associate Professor of Sociology at OCTC by day and dj prof G by night. Chad has been DJing and working with other creative and artistic endeavors in the Owensboro area for over 15 years. At this week’s Friday After 5 he will be bringing a mix of funk, soul, dance hits, both modern and old school to the Overlook Stage.  His show is part of our “Summer of Love” 21st anniversary season  Yes, the performance is free in a venue that is incredible!  overlook beautyThank you Cromwell Radio for the live remotes each Friday updating everyone on all of the fun each Friday! The “Overlook” is right next to the award-winning Smothers Park, home of the #1 Playground in the world: “Lazy Dayz”.  Prof G’s party begins at 7pm.

Friday?  We have a festival for that!

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Owensboro is a 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.

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