Friday? We have a Festival for that!
You are in a special city! The All-America City Award is given by the National Civic League annually to ten communities in the United States. It recognizes those whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. The NCL named Owensboro an “All-America City”. Owensboro is known as the “City of Festivals” and Friday After 5 is proud is the “Platinum Award Winner” for Community Events by the Reader’s Choice Awards. Join us Friday night and see what we mean. Fun. Free. Friends. Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins!
Here is a preview for this Friday, August 21st:
Weed Man & Evergreen Lawn presents “Rachel Timberlake” on the plaza, “Kings Highway” in the Atmos Courtyard, “The Giving Tree” on the Don Moore Party Pier, Open Bluegrass Jam on the Overlook and it’s “Bluegrass & BBQ Cookoff” night! Special guest: “Buzzzz & Friend” courtesy TDs Tuff Decisions. Plus fun at the Kroger Street Fair. Fun. Free. Friends.
RiverPark Center Patio:
She’s BACK! Rachel Timberlake and her band rock the patio thanks to our sponsors Weed Man and Evergreen Lawn. One Stop Country Magazine says “Life experiences shape who we are and who we become.” For Rachel Timberlake, a crash with a drunk driver while on tour put life into perspective and reminded her how fragile life can be. It also fueled the writing for what would eventually become her new EP American Made. With the release of lead single “Whiskey Bent Wings,” Timberlake gives us the first look at things to come.” Rachel says “I have found a new passion, entertaining through music. When I get on stage it is an adrenaline rush like no other and I love going on the road and putting on high energy shows.” You get a chance to experience this great show and dance along, too. Thank you Evergreen Lawn & Weed Man. 6:30pm-10:00pm
Atmos Energy Courtyard
We celebrate our Bluegrass heritage with one of the most entertaining of all Bluegrass Bands anywhere. King’s Highway is a crowd pleaser! Well known for their high energy delivery, they play music the “old time” way. Their repertoire is filled with the great songs of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Osborne Brothers and many others from the classic era of Bluegrass and it’s always a pleasure to see and hear them when they take the stage. Although they all hold “day jobs,” they’re out on weekends performing throughout Indiana, Illinois and right here in the Atmos Energy Courtyard. Come early and visit the International Bluegrass Museum virtually right next door. The museum is open until 8:00pm tonight. You have a front row seat for free thanks to our season-long sponsor, Atmos Energy! Twenty years ago, Atmos Energy helped to create the Courtyard at the RiverPark Center by being a special contributor. This spring, Atmos made another investment and gave the Courtyard another makeover complete with a signature “flaming sculpture” and “canopy of lights.” Join us Friday night in the courtyard for a great show. 7:00pm-10:00pm
Kroger Street Fair
Tonight’s street fair theme “BBQ and Burgers” where we’ll have the Pangea Food Truck and a great BBQ team onsite with great food. Bring your camera, too because we are expecting special appearances by “Buzzzz and friends” courtesy of our friends TDs Tuff Decisions Costumes right here in Owensboro. Kroger sponsors our street fair all season long! The fun takes place along Veteran’s Blvd home of the resort quality Smothers Park that includes our signature fountain, Lazy Dayz Playground plus a spray ground with a breathtaking view of the Ohio River. Welborns is hosting a special “Hula-Hoop” contest for the kids at 7:45. The grown-ups are next in the Kroger Water Balloon contest. Winning couple receives a Kroger Gift Certificate. The losers get a towel. Join us for all the fun and our special “Toast to the Sunset” at 8:00pm then the late night fun begins! Bourbon! BBQ! Bluegrass! Friday After 5 is Where the Weekend Begins!
SPECIAL BONUS! Everyone gets a FREE ticket into the FA5 Foto Booth Friday night! Just step right up, step right in and take home a memory thanks to our sponsor “Evergreen Lawn/Weedman” and Have a Nice Day Mobile Entertainment, our official FA5 Foto Booth operator! Fun Ahead. You’ll find yourself browsing past artists and their works on the riverfront. Join us for our “Toast to the Sunset” at dusk. It’s all free thanks to our friends at Kroger!
Don Moore Party Pier
The Giving Tree Band is celebrating their April release of their new album “Like a Freight Train”. This new live album embodies the Illinois band’s imaginative American rock ‘n roll with their finest songwriting and musical versatility on display. It features past favorites, new originals and soulful covers of songs by legendary artists Jackson Browne, The Who, and the Grateful Dead. Powered by gratitude, this train is full-steam ahead. With nothing to prove and only something sincere to share, The Giving Tree Band love what they do and approach their craft like a sacred art. This includes tuning all their instruments precisely sharp in order to access hidden yet wonderfully potent tones that trace back to an ancient mythology of healing and miracles. Their musical strings vibrate with natural cycles of the Earth and Moon, and this frequency of love and message of harmony resonates the heart-strings of thousands of people from all walks of life. This week’s band is staying over courtesy of our newest downtown hotel, Holiday Inn Riverfront, home of “Another Broken Egg”.Tonight’s party is free thanks to our season long sponsor Don Moore Automotive. Join us for the “Party on the Pier” tonight. Great entertainment and just like Friday After 5, it’s free. 7:30pm-11:00pm
Friday’s Class PreUnion:
Apollo High School Class of 2005.