Friday After 5 has presented more than 700 bands and entertainers over their 20 year history and now they are offering “new, up and coming talent” a stage just for them.
“Everyone needs a first break,” according to Jay Velotta, Overlook Producer, “We have many talented musicians, artists and bands that need a place to showcase their talents. We are offering that opportunity thanks to our team at Friday After 5 and the Cromwell Radio group.”
Each Friday during the season, Friday After 5 will introduce first time appearances of local and region talent on the Cromwell New Sound Overlook Stage. Singers, duos, bands, dancers and other performing artists are invited to “land their first big gig” by simply contacting Friday After 5 in the next week or so.”
“We are proud to offer this opportunity to new artists,” explains Brack Stacy, Cromwell Radio’s General Manager. “Owensboro’s summer-long music festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and we wanted to bring something new to the party.”
Brian Jackson, WVJS Morning personality plans on being on hand each Friday. “We will not only help provide some new talent with their first big break but will be airing live radio remotes each Friday from downtown promoting their appearance,” explains Jackson.
“We already have a wide variety of talent lined up including several dance organizations, the top 10 finalists from ‘Owensboro’s Got Talent’ show earlier this year, The Rock-a-Teens and several individual artists and musicians,” explains Overlook Co-Producer, Katie Porter. “We’re looking for about ten more groups or artists.”
“There are no time limitations on performances,” according to Velotta. “We want to provide new talent the chance to perform in front of a big audience at our city’s iconic Overlook at the foot of Frederica. We’re inviting all talented individuals that would like to have Friday After 5 on their performance resume.”
Friday After 5 is Owensboro’s summer-long free music festival. The event began twenty years ago in the courtyard of then four year old RiverPark Center. The festival has grown to include five venues of entertainment including the RPC patio, courtyard, Cannon Hall as well as a street fair along Veteran’s Boulevard, entertainment on the city’s “Overlook” as well as the Owensboro Convention Center’s “Pier”.
The festival has won the “Platinum Reader’s Choice Award for Community Event,” as well as the “Top 10 Summer Events in Kentucky”.