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Our newest sponsor, Owensboro Riverport, celebrates their 40th anniversary by bringing “V-Groove” to the Jagoe Homes patio stage. that rocks to the patio stage. V-Groove has established itself as one of the première bands in the Southeast/Midwest long ago. They return to Friday After 5 again tonight with their R&B show. Their show features every great dance song you can remember from blues and soul to R&B funk and rock. It’s a party courtesy of our own regional superstar, the Owensboro Riverport Authority. This is the team that established themselves as the premier inland port in the Ohio River Valley by providing a dynamic, efficient, customer oriented and market focused riverport facility that is responsible for a huge addition to our commerce and economic growth. They are celebrating by bringing a giant “Pool Party” to the Ohio River tonight. Those left standing after the band’s first break can help us toast the sunset from their own front row seat on the river at 7:45pm. Then it all starts over again as V-Groove revs up the dance party until 10pm. Tonight’s Class PreUnions: Apollo High Classes of 1991, 1986/1987, Daviess County Class of 1986, Trinity High class of 1986, Daviess County Class of 1991. Fun. Free. Friends. It’s Where the Weekend Begins. Happy Birthday, Owensboro Riverport and thanks for inviting everyone to your party! WARNING: We cannot be responsible for sore feet Saturday morning from dancing all night to V-Groove. 6:30pm-10:00pm
BLUE DIAMOND is our special bluegrass guest tonight in the Atmos Energy Courtyard! Blue Diamond Bluegrass Band is a high energy bluegrass band whose members have played together in various bands for over twenty-five years. Their musicianship, vocal harmonies, and humor has been a mainstay of their live shows which has delighted audiences for many years. Whether they performing for a crowd of a few hundred or for several thousand they are always entertaining and professional. This year, Annabelle Watts will be a special guest playing fiddle and adding her own sweet vocals to the group. Owensboro is home of the International Bluegrass Museum and we’ll be opening the multi-million dollar International Bluegrass Center in the heart of Owensboro in 2017! The Atmos Courtyard is a great venue with ambiance and tucked away in a romantic setting set to music each week thanks to our friends at Atmos Energy. 7:00pm-10:00pm
Austin, TX-based ROXY ROCA is a powerhouse of southern soul, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound influenced as much by soul and funk legends of the late 60s like James Brown, Joe Tex, and Al Green as by early rock ‘n’ roll pioneers like Chubby Checker and Little Richard and early 70s psychedelic funk rockers like War and Sly and the Family Stone. Formed in late 2010, the band quickly developed a reputation for getting a room on its feet thanks to a dance beat and a special sound we call Dynamite Texas Soul — driving, horn-powered southern soul with an explosiveness and swagger that is distinctly Texas. They’re playing tonight on our newest venue, the Don Moore Party Pier! The river isn’t “over there” it’s RIGHT UNDER YOU! It’s a great place to dance and enjoy the fun summer night! One of the many amenities of the nearby Smothers Park is the new waterfall feature and the Signature Fountain, designed by the same team that created the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Don Moore Automotive team sponsors our biggest weekly party all season! It’s a party every Friday on “The Pier” and just like Friday After 5, it’s free. 8m-11:30pm
Ahoy! It’s the night boaters from around the region have waited for all summer long! Tonight, Friday After 5 presents our first annual “Friday After 5 Boat Parade” featuring boats of all sizes, decorated for the big night and ready to parade the river from the “Party at the Pier” up past Smothers Park all the way to the RiverPark Center patio! If you can’t be ON the river, you have to be on the riverfront to get the full effect of this special evening! There’s fun, food and great music for the landlubber! There’s more! The Owensboro Daviess County Public Library is bringing a special “Storybook Character” to the party each Friday courtesy of TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes so be sure to bring the kids and have your camera phone ready. 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’ll have artists and their works displayed on the warm, romantic riverfront. Owensboro’s Kroger Stores team up to present a fun street fair all season at Friday After 5. Kroger hosts our family friendly, safe and street fair. We’ll have the kids’ Hula-Hoop contest sponsored by Welborn’s followed by five brave couples competing in the Kroger Water Balloon Toss. Winning couple gets a
Kroger Gift Card. The losing couple gets a towel. It begins at 7:50 and will end about four balloon bursts later. Then at dusk, join us in our “Toast to the Sunset”. The nightlife begins when the sun goes down. The entire family will enjoy the resort-quality Smothers Park which includes a spray park, magical trees that you can climb (from the INSIDE) plus a breath-taking view of the Ohio river. Just like Friday After 5, all of the fun is free.
Friday After 5 celebrates our 20th anniversary by partnering with Cromwell Radio to bring new, up and coming talent to the party! Each week on the beautiful “Overlook Stage” we’ll showcase the newest talent from musicians to dancers live in concert beginning at 7pm. Tonight, the award-winning LeAnne Musick dancers make an encore appearance! They will dance their way into your heart beginning at 7pm tonight. The “Overlook Stage” is located right at the foot of Frederica Street and next to the signature fountains and beautiful, cascading falls on the riverfront. Take a sneak peek at tomorrow’s stars under the stars tonight and every Friday thanks to our friends at Cromwell Radio! Showtime: 7pm.
Tonight Glenn Family Services presents three great Gospel entertaining performances. Inside the Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center enjoy Paul Moseley and Friends with special guest star, Charlie McCoy! Great Southern Gospel at its best. Don’t look for someone to pass a collection plate. All performances at Friday After 5 are free and there is no admission to any venue. Thank you Glenn Family Services for another great season of Gospel on the River. Doors open at 6:00pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.
There’s more! Owensboro is an All-America City and is home of the Owensboro Free Air Show, the largest sassafras tree in the world and International Bluegrass Museum! Our new $14mm International Bluegrass Music Center will open in 2017! Enjoy our mile of music every Friday night during the summer at Friday After 5, the city’s signature summer-long free music festival. You can stroll up and down our beautiful riverwalk overlooking the mighty Ohio River past the signature fountains and the “Overlook Stage” covered in an ever-changing color canopy. For details on all of the fun all the time, click here: VisitOwensboro.com
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