This week’s Friday After Five in Downtown Cumberland promises to be full of great music and little dancing, too.
Kicking off the music is Ricky Howsare, the 17-year old musical phenomenon from Bedford, Pennsylvania and winner of the first “We’ve Got Talent” two years ago at Canal Place. Howsare has a keen love for Broadway, gospel and old time rock ‘n roll music. Howsare is performing on the Liberty Street stage from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Crossroad Cloggers will be performing on Centre Street from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Crossroad Cloggers are a team of nine girls with one common bond; the love of Jesus. The team ranges is ages from 13 to 26 years old and have from six to 23 years experience entertaining audiences with themed routines. Besides annual Friday After Five performances, the team has also performed at Disney World, Hershey Park, Kings Dominion, and Idlewild Park among other locations.
New to Friday After Five, the band Half-Lit Bluegrass will perform on the Mechanic Street stage from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Half-Lit members include Todd VanMeter on mandolin; Lee Dent on guitar, Roger Shrout on banjo, and alternating bass players Tina or Buck. The group is known for their three part harmony and modern bluegrass.
From 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. the Rusco Town Centre stage will have Southern Grind. The four member band includes Mark Nelson, Jimmy Moore, Mike Moyer, and Carson Yoder.
Taking the M&T/George Street stage at 7:00 p.m. is one of Cumberland’s most celebrated bands, Queen City Funk and Soul. Queen City Funk and Soul, established in 1998, is a diverse collective of musicians from many different backgrounds, influences, experiences, and regions. Specializing in classic funk and soul music from the great recording artists of the 60s and 70s, QCFS presents a high quality package of dance and party music that features outstanding vocalists backed by an impressive array of talented musicians. The group performs in a large region that includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as the Baltimore/Washington metro area.
As part of the evening’s activities, the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA) will open a beer/wine garden on Baltimore Street. The monies raised at the beer garden helps to support the promotional efforts of DCBA and Friday After Five.
This week’s sponsors of Friday After Five are Dr. Gary Wagoner and First People's Community Federal Credit Union. For a complete Summer in the City schedule, go online to www.mainstreetcumberland.com.