First Friday events to resume


From Staff Reports

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Main Event Band is set to perform at the first First Friday of the year.

The monthly party returns to the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences from 6 to 9 p.m.

“First Friday is a great way for families to come out and enjoy the night at the Imperial Centre,” said Joel Dunn, the city's recreation superintendent. “A variety of activities are offered that promise to entertain everyone.”

Known as a party band that performs R&B, soul, beach, country and funk music, The Main Event Band, who have been regulars during the Downtown Live! series, will perform in the main lobby of the Imperial Centre during a night full of family-friendly options, Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications officer, said in a news release.

Activities include free admission to the brand new Be the Astronaut exhibit, a planetarium and laser show, gallery sketching, art exhibitions and more.

Krispy Kreme will be providing free hot chocolate to attendees while supplies last.

“The Percussion Petting Zoo,” as presented by Eric Ghiloni also will provide live music.

No Shame Open Mic will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the theater, giving vocalists, poets, dancers and more an opportunity to perform on stage.

Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion, from Miami, Fla., will present a hands-on, interactive musical activity filled with hundreds of unique percussion instruments from around the world.

First Friday is held on the first Friday of every month from October to May.