Friday After Five returns to downtown Cumberland | Local News

CUMBERLAND, Md. — After a few years off, Friday After Five resumed in downtown Cumberland Friday night.

The concert series filled the pedestrian mall on Baltimore Street with music lovers and shop and restaurant goers during its original run. Downtown Development Commission executive director Melinda Kelleher said Wednesday ahead of the concert that she hopes for similarly large crowds for the rest of this summer and hopefully for years to come.

The series is well-timed for that purpose, Kelleher said: Friday’s launch with Queen City Funk and Soul fell the day before the Allegany High School reunion scheduled for Canal Place on Saturday, and the scheduled September show coincides with the weekend. end of Heritage Days.

The shows will take place on the second Friday of each month until October. Acts are yet to be confirmed for August or September, Kelleher said, but Butterscotch Blonde will play Oct. 14.

The concert series’ return, Kelleher said, is shaping up to be “a very positive thing” based on the feedback received so far.

“I think people are hungry to do more and get out there, and we got a lot of feedback that people loved Friday After Five and the music downtown,” Kelleher said. “The hope is that next year we might do a whole series of Friday After Five starting in May or maybe April depending on the weather, but definitely in May.”

U.S. bailout funds given to the DDC helped revive the concert series, Kelleher said.

With planned renovations to the pedestrian mall potentially slated to begin in the coming months, Kelleher said officials would likely move the series elsewhere in the city for its 2023 run. Canal Place would likely be the most convenient location, Kelleher said. , but no plans are confirmed.

David H. Henry