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Josh Merritt Band to kick off July ‘Party at the Pier’

July 5, 2019 | 3:12 am

Updated July 4, 2019 | 7:35 am

Photo courtesy of Josh Merritt

When Friday After 5 began in 1996, it brought four concerts to Owensboro on Friday nights during the summer. Since then, the event that starts the weekend has grown to a 16-week concert series that boasts time with friends, lots of fun and perhaps most importantly, the event is free to attend.

As summer progresses, there are still many great events remaining. Josh Merritt will play on Friday night ready to entertain his hometown. The following week, the Kentucky Legend Pier series sponsored by Ruoff Home Mortgage will kick off July 12 and continue through August 23.

According to Courtney VonGunten of Ruoff Mortgage, each band will bring something unique to the riverfront.

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“I love Concerts on the Pier because you get to enjoy our beautiful Owensboro riverfront and listen to amazing bands perform,” VonGunten said. “If that wasn’t already enough, you get to top it off spending time with family and friends. Plus it’s fun and it’s free.”

The Hiding-Variety cover band will play during week one of the series, July 12, and are described as a performance sure to keep one’s dancing shoes moving all night long. They hope to have onlookers smiling and wanting to stay until the end.

Bourbon Revival is a high energy band that puts a progressive twist on old-time bluegrass who will take the stage during week two, July 19. The Louisville Crashers, who have performed all over the country, will end the month of July with a bang. They have been part of performances from the Super Bowl to rocking it out as the backing band for national artists like Luke Bryan and Kid Rock.

On August 2, Fat Box will play their unique blend of rock, funk, blues and jazz. They occasionally venture into the avant-garde, but never lose sight of the groove.

Once the Remedies hit the stage on August 9, they’ll rock out to favorite dance jams from Motown to Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars and everything in between. They’ll deliver covers of these hits with high-energy and precision that will electrify the crowd.

“I love attending Friday After 5 because it features five venues of entertainment, food trucks and a kid-friendly street fair,” VonGunten said. “It’s a riverfront festival for the entire tri-state area, hosting more than 70,000 visitors each season.”

July 5, 2019 | 3:12 am

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