Where the Weekend Begins

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The people who make the American Dream come true, Owensboro Homebuilders create tonight’s fun at Friday After 5!  Winner of Evansville’s Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best Local Band in 2015 and 2016,  Evanville’s own, The Unusual Suspects, are aptly named.  Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the guys share a common bond in their love for good time Rock and Roll.  Bob Koch provides the beat, Joe Birkhead holds down the bottom line, Sal Aliotta is the wizard of the keys, Curt Muntzer blazes on guitar and Dave Waller holds down the rhythm and vocals.  “Our music can best be described as Rock and Roll hits you remember.  It is like turning on the radio back in the 60’s , 70’s and 80’s.”   “Have fun, dance or sing along, we love it when our audience is enjoying what we do.”  Like the song says, “I knew if I had my chance, that I could make the people dance ”  Your feet will remember every song.   Join the party tonight on the Jagoe Homes patio stage thanks to the Owensboro Homebuilders.  Join us as we set our “Summer of Love” to music including our traditional “Toast to the Sunset”.  Fun. Free. Friends. Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins.

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Tonight we provide an evening of acoustic music. Mike Wheeler is a gifted artist and will be enhancing our “Summer of Love” with his musical talent.  It’s the perfect setting, too.  Atmos Energy gifted the “courtyard” to the RiverPark Center more than 20 years ago and this season they once again sponsor all of the bands in this special venue.  It’s out-of-the-way and romantic with special lights overhead with the summer stars above as the perfect backdrop.  It’s a quiet and romantic venue. Thank you Atmos Energy for all you do for our community year round and especially for setting our summer nights to music each week at Friday After 5.  We are the “Platinum Award Winner” in the “Readers Choice” poll named the #1 Community Event. Hear why tonight.  Stop by the Atmos Energy Courtyard at the RiverPark Center.  7pm-10pm


Glenn’s Gospel on the River

Tonight we continue our 13th consecutive season of Glenn’s Gospel on the River with “Pam & Terry”, “Joylanders” and “Sons of the Father”  These three great gospel groups perform in beautiful Cannon Hall with a seating capacity of 1,500 people inside the RiverPark Center as part of Friday After 5.  Doors open at 6pm.  Show begins at 7pm.  Fun. Free. Family.

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Don Moore Party Pier!

Hailing from Austin, Texas, “Roxy Roca” has come a long way in the short time it has existed. 2015 brought with it the release of Roxy Roca’s latest album, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy, on Stag Records. Recorded at EAR Studio in Austin with producer Lars Goransson at the helm, the record captures the classic sounds reminiscent of Stax, Motown, and Domino Records. One might say the band wears its influences on its sleeve, and any member of the six-piece soul outfit would happily list off the fathers of soul and funk.  Roxy Roca sets our “Summer of Love” to music and the party is on us!  Don Moore Automotive sponsors the “Party on the Pier” all summer long!  Located right behind the beautiful Owensboro Convention Center, you won’t be dancing near the river….you’ll be partying OVER the river!  The summer night is the perfect backdrop with free cornhole games, a tiki bar and world-famous bourbon bar right on site!  Join the fun tonight with Roxy Roca, free at Friday After 5′s newest venue!  8pm-11:30pm.

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Kroger invites everyone to “Heros Night” where we salute those first responders who place our safety ahead of their own!  Real heros will be at the street fair in person!  Get close up looks and picture of them and the super cars and emergency trucks they use every day.   Tonight we’ve invited “The Hulk” to the Kroger Street Fair as our special guest courtesy TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes.  You’ll find a “mile of music” with beautiful cascading waterfalls, a signature fountain and the award-winning Lazy Days Playgound at Smothers Park.  It’s a full handicap-spray kidsaccessible park with tress that you can climb FROM THE INSIDE!  Walk rope bridges from tree to tree almost two stories off the ground. At about 8pm we host kids hula-hoop contest and a water balloon contest for the grown up.  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! Also, we showcase the Shelton Memorial honoring all POWs on Veteran’s Boulevard.   Be sure to stop for a moment and thank all of our vets.  Special night beginning at 5:30.


Cromwell New Sound Stage

Since it’s our 21st anniversary, we’re celebrating by providing a special stage for our “newest, up and coming” talent.  Tonight we feature “Murray State Choir”.  We’ll need more great bands and entertainers in the future, so along with our partners at Cromwell Radio, we’ve invited the best future stars to the stage each Friday. It’s one of five musical venues at Friday After 5.  If you’ve never been, treat yourself this Friday. You have the best seat in the house as the beautiful overlook with ever-changing colors floats above and the backdrop is the beautiful Ohio River.  7pm-9pm.

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 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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