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“Retro Shock” sponsored by Republic Bank

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Republic Bank celebrates their 26th anniversary by bringing “Retro Shock” to Friday After 5.  Retro Shock has been together for eight years!  Every song they play your feet will remember. They play favorites from many decades and different genres so there is something for everyone at a Retro Shock performance. Each song, fast or slow, is danceable and draws the crowd to the dance floor. They’re on the Jagoe Homes patio stage tonight at the RiverPark Center! It’s just the beginning of tonight’s “Summer of Love” themed fun. Republic Bank sets the night to music under tonight’s summer moon.  Don’t miss the Welborn’s Hula Hoop contest for kids and Kroger Water Balloon Toss during the band’s only break at 7:45.  You’ll need a breather.  Then “Retro Shock” revs up for their second set.  Tonight’s Class PreUnion: Owensboro High School Class of 1972. Thank you Republic Bank.  6:30pm-10:00pm

Atmos Logo blueAtmos Energy Courtyard

Tonight’s entertainment in the cozy courtyard is “Hart Strings”. When the band formed in Georgetown, Indiana in 2012, it was for the sole purpose of playing live. Watching The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and countless others play high energy shows with roots music and traditional instruments made the road not only exciting, but accessible. With banjo, guitar, violin, and kick drum leading the way, playing out seemed natural. Nearing the end of high school, the band put out an EP to sell at the few local shows they could play. Then the début came, and “Good Conversation” became something to tour with.  The band toured the southeastern United States in the summer of 2014 after their first year in college, again in Summer 2015, and again that fall. Since its inception, The Hart Strings have played over 200 shows spanning from Asbury Park to Columbus to Atlanta.  Owensboro is also the home of the International Bluegrass Museum.  While you’re here, you can see our new $14mm International Bluegrass Music Center being built.  It’s scheduled to open in 2018.  It will be worth the wait.  Tonight, join us in the Atmos Courtyard for an entertaining show!  It’s 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

Cromwell New Sound Overlook

Tonight Seroletto & Friends perform live on the beautiful Cromwell Overlook on the Ohio River. We feature new, up and coming artists on this stage every Friday.  Many of our mainstream bands made their first appearance at Friday After 5 right here on this stage. It’s only yards away from Smothers Park, named one of the best family parks in the world.  Surrounded by special fountains designed by the same people who created the beautiful fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  The view is breathtaking.  The cost is zero.  Fun. Free. Friends. Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins and new talent appears weekly!

Plus, with the International Bluegrass Museum’s award-winning Bluegrass Festival “ROMP” is in progress through Saturday night!  You can stop by the IBMM right next to the RPC take a tour and get your tickets to the best Bluegrass Festival in the country.  The International Bluegrass Museum will be open extra hours until 8pm tonight so you can get your tickets right on site!

Don Moore Party Pier web   Don Moore Party at the Pier

Let’s get the party started! Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class bassist and four-time Grammy Award-winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players. From his Florida home, this bass “monster” has hand-picked a vibrant young group of musicians with limitless energy and extreme talent, and together they’ve been tearing up dance floors throughout the Southeast with a genre-blending twist of funk-rock rhythms that bring out the best in every beat. After sharing the stage with funk powerhouses George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, The Revivalists, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and The Main Squeeze among others. It’s their first appearance on our new “Party Pier” stage!  It doesn’t just “look out over the river”; it actually “GOES OUT over the river”.  Perfect place for a party set to music!  Plus it’s just steps from our world-famous $40m fun park! One of the many amenities of Smothers Park located just down the river walkway is the giant overlook stage at the foot of Frederica.  It’s a perfect venue for pictures and romance. The stage area overlooks both the Ohio River, 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 “Party at the Pier” bands all season.  Great entertainment and just like Friday After 5, it’s fun and free.  8:00pm-11:30pm One of the many amenities of the performance area in Smothers Park is the Don Moore “Party Pier” stage.  It’s a perfect venue for enjoying live entertainment with a breathtaking backdrop.  The stage area overlooks both the Ohio River near the 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!   Their newest cars will be on display, too!  Great entertainment from 7:00pm to 11:00pm and just like Friday After 5, it’s free.

Kroger logoKroger Street Fair!  

Friends. Food. Fun. Tonight we are hosting the alumni and sports teams from Western Kentucky University.  We’ve invited “Big Red” and his good friend “Elmo” courtesy of TDs Tuff Decisions costumes. If you can get the kids to ever leave the free “spray park” and resort-quality Smothers Park “Lazy Dayz” playground, you’ll find the rest of the spray kidspark filled with music, friends and a breathtaking view of the mighty Ohio River.  We let the kids compete in Welborn’s Hula-Hoop contest during the band’s only break at 7:45 in front of the main stage.  Then, don’t miss the Kroger Water Balloon toss.  It’s wet. Four contestants lose. The audience wins. It  begins at 7:50 and will end about four water balloon bursts later.  Then we’ll all join in our traditional “Toast to the Sunset” as it dips into the Ohio, just in time to bring the night to life.  Thanks to our season-long street fair sponsor, Kroger!


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