The RiverPark Center will launch its new “DownTown Live” entertainment series at 6 p.m. tonight.
The series, which will run on Fridays until August 5, will transform the RiverPark Center into a “21+ entertainment complex” as it will utilize multiple spaces inside and outside the facility.
“It’s been months of planning and I can’t wait to see how our community responds,” said Grae Greer, director of marketing and education at the RiverPark Center. “…We created this entertainment space for guests 21 and older (in order) so as not to step on other downtown family events. It’s a space where adults can drink, dance and enjoy all we have to offer.
Greer said each week will center around a different theme, and each space used will be an extension of that theme.
The first event will be titled “Spirits & Brews”, which will be inline with the event starting on Friday the 13th.
The hall will host Moonbow Apothecary & Emporium, Tarot by Jordan & Jordan, angel readings and other booths set up to “manifest needs”.
The Truist Plaza will be the location for Community Jukebox, an initiative where attendees can submit song suggestions or their favorite genres they want to hear at the event via a Google form, as well as cornhole and several bars.
Blood Moon Pictures’ PJ Starks and Eric Huskisson will host a screening of their film “13 Slays Till X-Mas” beginning at 8 p.m. at Cannon Hall, followed by a Q&A with Alyssa Rhoads, Jay Woolston, Alex Clark and Nate Gross. They will also have two stalls set up for the duration of the event, one selling merchandise for sale such as films, posters and cups and will sell tickets to give someone a chance to win to be a dead man in the upcoming Blood Moon Pictures film.
Ghost Stories & Karaoke will also start at 8 p.m. in the GhostLight Lounge and continue until midnight.
The event is to include $13 buckets of beer and spooky themed drinks available and local arts and non-profit pop-ups will be set up on the awning.
DownTown Live’s first musical performer will be Owensboro native Brett Vance, who will entertain the crowd from 6-8 p.m. at the Atmos Courtyard.
Vance hopes to present a “classic rock vibe” with his appearance and has said he plans to do a lot of instrumental music incorporating piano and guitar.
“I’m super excited (and) a little nervous because I’ll be the only one to sort of set the bar… (but) it’s just a really, really awesome opportunity to be able to play live and be the start of something this big…” Vance said.
Although this event is a great day for the RiverPark Center, Greer said it would not be possible without the support and commitment of the community.
“Everything you see on Friday is the result of our talented trio,” Greer said. “We would be nothing without their support and involvement and we can’t wait to see the outcome for our local arts.”