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It’s homecoming night at Friday After 5! Big Rivers Electric brings Owensboro’s legendary band back to the Jagoe Homes patio stage. The band that started it all, the Velvet Bombers kick off tonight’s show. The Bombers were the very first band to ever play at Friday After 5 twenty summers ago. The remaining members will provide a memorable opening act tonight! Then, it’s Larry Maglinger’s band, “Infatuation” taking the stage to set the rest of the night to music. Special guest American Idol finalist, our own Jenny Beth Willis. BREAKING NEWS: Larry Maglinger will be making a special appearance singing his “Rod Stewart” tribute songs! Our newest sponsor Big Rivers Electric powers brings on tonight’s music. They are a co-op, member-owned, not-for-profit, generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Henderson, KY and provide wholesale electric power and services to three distribution cooperative members across 22 counties in western Kentucky. Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins! Join us for a summer night filled with electric excitement. Tonight’s Class PreUnions: Owensboro Catholic Classes of 2011 and 1976 and Owensboro High Class of 1986! Don’t miss our traditional “Toast to the Sunset” with the band and the Big Rivers team at dusk! Fun. Friends. Free. It’s Friday After 5! It’s Where the Weekend Begins! 6:30pm-10:00pm
Award-winning recording artist Michael Jacobs creates a compelling musical mixture of roots rock, pop, and folk. His songs will entertain and inspire you. Besides receiving numerous awards and nominations, you’ve heard Michael’s music in many documentaries and other video presentations. Michael has performed at over 250 colleges and universities in 45 states, besides numerous libraries, museums, pow-wows, festivals, fairs, house concerts and other gatherings across the U.S. and Canada. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Michael’s an accomplished musician, and writing great songs remains his sole desire and fuels his ambition. Sit back and enjoy a wonderful summer evening filled with music. Atmos Energy recently renovated the Courtyard and it’s a great venue with ambiance and tucked away in a romantic setting set to music each week. Special thanks to our weekly sponsor of the entertainment, Atmos Energy. 7:00pm-10:00pm
Fat Box plays a unique blend of rock, funk, blues, and jazz. They occasionally venture into the avant-garde but never lose sight of the groove. Their music features distinct, soulful vocals, fiery improvisations, and songs that don’t conform to predictable formulas. Fat Box is best seen and heard live so that’s why Don Moore Automotive is inviting you to tonight’s Party at the Pier and have already paid for your tickets! Just like everything at Friday After 5, the party is on us! When asked about influences, Fat Box includes everything from Miles Davis and Maceo Parker to Eric Dolphy and Grant Green. Within a minute, we’re discussing what choice of covers that they might play on a given night, which includes Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Widespread, the Beatles and Tom Waits. Frank Zappa and Jimmy Page. Your favorite is our next selection! Don Moore Automotive team sponsors the entire season where we feature the region’s best party bands! If you think you’ll like the band, just wait until you see the venue! The Pier is actually OVER the Ohio River and provides a great backdrop for dancing and tonight’s party. Thank you Don Moore Automotive and Fat Box for tonight’s fun. 8pm-11:30pm
We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary by giving new talent their chance to perform at Friday After 5 on the beautiful Overlook Stage. Our friends at Cromwell Radio have helped us to assemble a cast of great new, up and coming performers of all ages to star each Friday all season long on the Cromwell Overlook Stage at the foot of Frederica Street on the riverfront. Tonight LeAnne Musick dance students and a few surprise performers bring tomorrow’s talent to the stage! This beautiful new addition to the award-winning riverfront is an ideal location to enjoy the area’s newest talent. And just like Friday After 5, it’s free. Thank you Cromwell Radio for sponsoring all of our future stars each Friday during our season. Show starts at 7pm.
Tonight’s Theme: “Family Night”. There’s plenty of fun, too. We’re hosting our 1st Pokemon GO “Chase” tonight in Smothers Park. We’ve invited every Pokemon GO Character and you’re invited to join the “Chase” and catch as many as your phone battery will allow. They’ll all be there and the more players, the more Pokeman Go catches. We’ll be setting some Pokemon records tonight! Plus, Daviess County Library be flying in special “Storybook Character” courtesy of TD’s Tuff Decisions Costumes who will join the kids at the resort quality “Lazy Dayz” playground in Smothers Park. It includes a spray park, signature fountain and giant trees that you can climb from the INSIDE! We’ll invite five kids to test their Hula-Hooping skills at 7:45. The winner gets a big gift basket from Welborns! Then it’s time for the grown-ups to test their skills with the Kroger Water Balloon toss. Winning couple gets a Kroger Gift Card and a towel to share. Be sure to 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! Free Balloon animals every week courtesy of the Owensboro Twisters and tonight’s special guest is that favorite of all snowmen from everyone’s favorite movie! All of our costume characters all season are courtesy of TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes right here in Owensboro! Friends. Food. Fun. You’ll find yourself browsing past artists and their works on the riverfront. They will be joining us at dusk to join us for our traditional “Toast to the Sunset” as the night comes alive. It’s all free thanks to one of Owensboro’s best friends, Kroger! 5:00pm-8:30pm
Owensboro is known for its many festivals. We celebrate apples, BBQ, bluegrass, Daylilies, bourbon and airplanes. But Friday After 5 celebrates Friday. It’s our favorite day and for sixteen Fridays in a row we throw a party each summer. It’s so big; it’s so fun; it’s so family friendly (plus the fact it’s free) helped earn us the honor of being named “Platinum Award Winning Community Event/Attraction”. See what all the excitement is all about. We’ll be waiting for you!