Friday After 5’s 26th season is over. Downtown Owensboro will be closing the night with an 80s party featuring some of the most iconic bands from each decade. The Motels will headline the event!
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The Motels are best-known for two hits that landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The first is: “Only the Lonely”In 1982, it peaked at #9
Their second Top 10 hit. “Suddenly Last Summer”It peaked at #9 a year later.
The Motels will be headliner at this week’s season end on the Jagoe Homes Riverfront Stage. They’ll be joined on stage by other 80s-inspired bands.
Bow Wow Wow will be joining them, who gave us the 1982’s. “I Want Candy”.
And When In Rome are the band behind one the most memorable songs of the decade. Their 1988 hit “The Promise”peaked at #1. I. FREAKING. LOVE. THAT. SONG.
There will also be a special guest. Adam Gaynor, formerly of Matchbox 20, will perform as BAXLEY. Fran Marseille from Friday after 5 told me that it is possible if the crowd can chant. “3AM”Adam will be performing the Matchbox 20 classic, in addition to his brand new music.
Here’s the tentative schedule of Friday’s big 80s party.
6:10pm – When in Rome
6:45pm – Bow Wow Wow
7:45pm- Toast of the Sunset/Owensboro mayor Tom Watson
7:50pm – Adam Gaynor as BAXLEY
8:15pm – The Motels
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Friday night will feature the Friday Night Fight talent competition winners sponsored by Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center.
From 8:30pm to 11:30pm, the Oklahoma Hunnies will be performing on Ruoff Party Stage These teens from Whitesville, Kentucky are amazing and will have a great time on the Pier behind Owensboro Convention Center.