For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — Hot cars, old friends and plenty of music take center stage tonight during Downtown Cumberland’s Friday After 5. This week’s highlights include the annual Mustang car show, the Fort Hill Class of 1986 reunion, Bishop Walsh 1967-68 Football City Champions and four popular bands.
Mustang owners are invited to display their classic cars on the Downtown Cumberland Mall as part of Friday night’s activities. Set-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be coordinated by Charles “Hoag” Cramer. Windshield signs will be provided to identify the year and model of each vehicle.
Music kicks off at 5 p.m. on the DLLR stage in front of Chessie Federal Credit Union with Four on the Floor. The band is one of the originators of Friday After Five and features Robbie Brooke, keyboards; Harlan Brooke, drums; Linda Brockey, bass; and Jerry Brockey, guitar. The versatile group plays a collective blend of country and classic rock.
George Lucas, a country and western musician hailing from Windber, Pa., will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on the M&T Bank stage. Lucas grew up listening to Meryl Haggard, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and Buck Owens. His favorites today are Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Keith Whitley and George Strait.
New to Friday After Five, Southern Grind will perform on the Mechanic Street stage from 7 to 10 p.m. The band is made up of a local group of musicians with a passion for music and live entertainment. The band plays a variety of classic rock, blues and country.
With more than 100 years of combined music experience, the band members are Mark Nelson, lead guitar and vocals; Jimmy Moore, drums and vocals; Mike Moyers, bass, rhythm guitar and vocals; and Carson Yoder, keyboards, bass and rhythm guitar.
Black Diamond Rio, a Western Maryland-based bluegrass band, will take the new Rusco Centre Street stage from 7 to 9 p.m. The band features Nick Blough on guitar, Donnie Gibson on banjo, Tom Wilson on mandolin, Bob Boyce on upright bass and 13-year-old Christian Blaney helping out on the rhythm guitar. The group performs bluegrass and gospel tunes, including several original songs.
While Friday After Five remains a free and public event, costs to hold the weekly summer event have grown. Donations to Friday After Five, no matter how small or large are greatly appreciated. A large acrylic donation box will be located by the Liberty Street stage throughout the evening. Donations may also be made by sending a check to Friday After 5, c/o Downtown Manager, 10 N. Mechanic Street, Cumberland, MD 21502.
While Downtown Cumberland has a pet friendly policy, pet owners are requested to leave them at home. Crowds can be frightening for animals and many children are frightened around animals of any size.
This week’s Friday After Five is sponsored by Chessie Federal Credit Union, Dr. Gary Wagoner and Cumberland Maxillofacial Surgery.
For more information or a calendar of events, call the mall manager’s office at 301-722-5500 or visit www.mdmountainside.com or www.visitcumberland.org.