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“Naked Karate Girls” served up by Canteen-At Your Service

Canteen is “At Your Service” tonight as they rock the Labor Day Weekend dance party with the “Naked Karate Girls” on the Jagoe Homes riverfront patio stage.  No they are not naked.  They have nothing to do with Karate.  They aren’t even girls. They are professional party makers! Afraid to dance? Fuggedaboudit. NKG will make you shake like a love machine with funny choreography, props and outfits that encourage everyone in the audience to participate with them.   The Naked Karate Girls bring everything but the cowbell entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest and rocked Friday After 5 last season. It’s a world-class show and their parole officers finally gave them permission to close out our season at Friday After 5! As we wrap up our season, we’re kicking off the year long celebration of the RiverPark Center’s 25th anniversary!  Big party tonight. Thank you Canteen. Across the country, thousands of talented and passionate Canteen associates work together with the determination to make everyone and everything count and we are proud to have their corporate offices right here in Owensboro. Tonight’s Class PreUnions: Apollo Classes of 1977 and 1992, South Spencer High Class of 1987 Owensboro High School Class of 1977. It’s our season finale!  Don’t miss it. Friday After 5 is Where the Labor Day Weekend Begins!   Thank you Canteen!  6:30pm-until the police come.

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East bridge artsTonight’s Theme: “East Bridge Arts Festival “!  Just as we close our our season, we supply the backdrop for the kick-off of the “East Bridge Arts Festival”.  Sisters Katherine Taylor and Christy Taylor Chaney majored in art in college and wanted to open a gallery after graduation. They added the boutique part to the gallery and named their art haven Studio Slant. At Studio Slant there is an art gallery but also a handmade boutique full of fun gifts made by artists with love. Lazy Dayz Smothers ParkTheir love for all things handmade grew into something they had dreamed about for years. With Studio Slant spreading the good word of handmade they wanted to see if an art festival would work in Owensboro.  Tonight, they’re kicking off their seventh year.  Our fun for the season ends tonight but the East Bridge Arts Fest continues through the weekend!   Enjoy the award-winning Smother’s Park Riverfront with a special “spray ground” and Lazy Dayz play area, beautiful waterfalls and the Big O Signature Fountain. Be sure to have your 12 or under kid register to win one of two kid’s bikes Wal-Mart is giving away tonight.  Just register.  They pull out two names each week and the kids get to go to Wal-Mart and pick out a bike! We’ve invited characters from the “Justice League” to join us tonight courtesy of TD’s Tuff Decisions costumes.  Plus we’ll invite some lucky couples to compete in our Kroger Water Balloon Toss.  Winning couple gets a Kroger Gift Card and a towel.  The Welborn’s kids’ Hula-Hoop Contest is during the band’s break, too.  Friends. Food. Fun. Free. You’ll find yourself browsing past artists and their works on the Riverfront.  We’ll “Toast the Sunset” as it silhouettes the beautiful Owensboro Riverfront.  Thank you Kroger for sponsoring our street fair all season long!

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Marty Brown was born in Maceo, Kentucky. He started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of twelve, and he started entering local talent shows at sixteen. Eventually Marty made his way to Nashville and met with legendary record producer Tony Brown who signed him to a record deal at MCA Records. Marty, together, with Tony, made four (4) albums for MCA and eight (8) videos for CMT television. He toured with acts such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams, Jr. and many, many more. After his recording years, he started writing hit songs for artists like the heart-felt and groovy “I’m From the Country and I Like It That Way” for Tracy Byrd. Tonight, Marty is part of our grande finale of our 21st season.  Thanks to Atmos Energy’s renovation, the Courtyard is a great venue with ambiance and tucked away in a romantic setting.  Atmos Energy now goes the distance by sponsoring all of the entertainers in the Atmos Energy Courtyard to music each week. Tonight, Marty Brown, Jr. brings his special acoustic style of music to the romantic courtyard.  Thank you Atmos Energy for sponsoring a summer of great music in the courtyard you created.  7:00pm – 10:00pm.

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You’re in for quite a party tonight to kick off the three-day weekend! Electronic reggae-dub innovators, “Jon Wayne and The Pain” have been mesmerizing fans for nearly a decade, with their signature JWP cosmic-blend of electronic beats, fused with upbeat roots-reggae music and a psychedelic funk.  The Twin Cities based ensemble burst onto the scene in 2007, following their debut self-titled album. Since then, they have been building a dedicated Midwest loyal-fan following through extensive touring, influential songwriting and multi-dimensional jamming. Grass skits are optional but comfortable dancing shoes are a must! Tonight’s band is staying over courtesy of our newest downtown hotel, Holiday Inn Riverfront, home of “Bourbon Grill”.  A great show without wristbands because Friday After 5, is free.  Thanks to Don Moore Automotive.  8pm-11:30pm

Cromwell Radio New Sound Stage

All season long Cromwell Radio’s celebrities and on air talent have helped us to showcase new, up and coming talent from our area.  Four overlook beautymonths of Fridays filled with tomorrow’s talent.  Tonight we close out our 21st anniversary season with our best new talent.  It’s easy to find the “New Sound Stage” at the foot of Frederica under the iconic “overlook” next to the award-winning “Lazy Dayz” park.  The multi-million dollar riverfront features a signature fountain, cascading waterfalls and a breath-taking view of the Ohio River.  Tonight’s performing guests begin their show at 7pm.  Tune in to WVJS and WBIO for live remotes.  We’ll see you there!  Thank you Cromwell Radio for providing this special venue all season long at Friday After 5.  See you next year!

Friday?  We have a festival for that!

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Owensboro is 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 nationally 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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