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Champion Ford sets the “Summer of Love” to music with superstar duo,”LOCASH“! ACM-nominated and Reviver Records hot country duo LOCASH includes Baltimore, Maryland native Chris Lucas and Indianapolis, Indiana’s Preston Brust. Their smash No. 1 hit “I Know Somebody” topped Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck after their RIAA Gold-Certified “I Love This Life” single ascended to the top of the charts. Both hits are included on their new album THE FIGHTERS, their first full-length project with Reviver Records. The nonstop duo continues their North American tour to promote THE FIGHTERS, which includes additional dates part of Live Nation’s ‘Ones To Watch’ headlining tour. LOCASH is also featured in Comcast Built Ford Tough® dealer advertising campaigns and in Pennzoil® Garage sessions. They’ve headlined in Owensboro before but tonight: No Tickets. No Wristbands. No kidding. All Friday After 5 events are free. LOCASH will light up the Jagoe Homes patio stage! Almost five decades after Bruce Brubaker last pitched in a major league baseball game it is not uncommon for the morning mail at Champion Ford Lincoln Mazda to include a request of two for Brubaker to sign one of his Topps baseball cards for a collector or fan. Bruce, his family and the home team at Champion Ford hit a home run with tonight’s show. Tonight’s Class PreUnion: Daviess County Class of 1972. Thank you Champion Ford-Lincoln Mercury! 6:30pm-10:00pm
Mike Fulkerson was born in Owensboro and has lived his entire life in the local area. His show features music from legends such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Fats Domino, and many others. He has donated his services to many local non-profit agencies and tonight makes his Friday After 5 debut as he sets our “Summer of Love” to the music that has stood the test of time! Mike has opened for the Kentucky Headhunters. Outside of music, Mr. Fulkerson is a published authored, speaker/trainer, and a licensed professional counselor. Twenty years ago Atmos Energy gifted the Courtyard to the RiverPark Center. Just several years ago Atmos Energy 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 artists tonight through September 1st at Friday After 5. Thank you Atmos Energy for sponsoring a summer of great music in the courtyard. 7:00-10:00pm.
Tonight we’re hosting the Ford Cruise in! Champion Ford will line the streets with examples of all of their high end and quality Ford Lincoln and Mazda vehicles. The kids get to compete in their own Hula-Hoop contest at 7:45 and the winner gets a big kids prize basket from Welborn’s. Then it’s the grown-ups turn with our always fun and usually wet Kroger Water Balloon Toss. Winning couple gets a Kroger Gift Card and a towel. Friends. Food. Fun. You’ll find yourself browsing past new cars, artists and their works on the riverfront. The magic continues throughout the iconic Smothers Park with a cartoon-like resort-quality playground for the kids! Smothers Park’s spray ground and signature fountain add to the magic. The “Toast to the Sunset” is at dusk then the nightlife swings into high gear. 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! Plus we’ve invited “Beauty & the Beast” to the party in person courtesy of TD’s Tuff Decisions Costumes. Thank you Kroger for bringing the street fair to life every week all summer long and sponsoring the Street Fair all season long.
We go nuclear tonight on the party pier! “Big Atomic”, from Louisville, Kentucky, is a band that blurs the lines between funk, rock, rhythm and blues. Formed in 2013, BA has been working hard ever since. The band released their self-titled debut EP in August of 2014. In December of 2014 the band performed on “Sounds Good: Live Lunch”, aired and hosted on the the local NPR affiliate WKMS. The band was also featured in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Relix Magazine in their “On The Rise” section. In addition, their single “Letting Go” was on the compilation CD alongside the likes of Punch Brothers and Gov’t Mule. After winning the second annual WKMS Battle of the Bands in March of 2015, the band teamed up with Tinderbox Music for a nationwide college radio campaign, releasing their EP to over 200 radio stations. Most recently, the group has licensed songs for sync in several major network television shows. With no end in sight, Big Atomic will continue to write, record, and perform including tonight’s free appearance at Friday After 5 celebrating our “Summer of Love”. One of the many amenities of the downtown renovation is the giant “Party Pier” outside the new Owensboro Convention Center. It’s a perfect venue for enjoying live entertainment with a breathtaking backdrop. The stage area overlooks both the Ohio River and is near 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 night all summer long! And, just like Friday After 5, it’s fun and free. 8:00pm-11:30pm
We’re celebrating our 21st anniversary by giving new talent their chance to perform at Friday After 5 on the beautiful Overlook Stage. Tonight we feature Courtney Peveler, a great new coutnry singer. 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. Tune in to WVJS for live remotes from the Cromwell Overlook each Friday. Thank you Cromwell Radio for sponsoring all of our future stars each Friday during our season. Showtime: 7pm-8:30pm