CUMBERLAND — Cool cars, a salute to our deployed troops, fun magic, great music and a class reunion are all part of this week’s Friday After Five in Downtown Cumberland beginning at 5 p.m.
Members of the Fire and Ice car club and other automotive hobbyists will display their specialty vehicles on the pedestrian mall.
The group will also have greeting cards of support for servicemen and women serving overseas in Iran and Afghanistan for the Friday After Five audience to sign. The cards are sponsored, provided and mailed courtesy of Mail Terminal Services, one of local favorite race car driver, “Fast Jack” Beckman’s sponsors.
The evening welcomes the 20th anniversary reunion of the Allegany High School class of 1990. A meet and greet for the AHS class of 1990 is planned for Niner’s Pub.
Magic and comedy will be at Windsor Hall at Town Centre, 39 Baltimore St. when Friday After Five presents “2 Slick Guys” beginning a 6 p.m.
The free, family-style show featuring magicians Louis Paul and Derrick Robey is geared toward “ages 6 to 106.”
Paul’s mix of comedy and magic has earned him numerous awards and has taken him all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Joining him on stage, Robey learned the magic trade from his uncle. From birthday parties to the presidential retreat, Camp David, Robey is a favorite among young and old alike. When Paul and Robey team up, they are “2 Slick Guys,” a show where comedy collides with magic, music and mayhem. The doors at Windsor Hall open at 5:45 p.m. and seating is limited.
On the Liberty Street stage the Frostburg Arion Band, the area’s oldest and still performing band will play from 6 to 7 p.m. Established in 1877, the band has been performing for over 130 years. The band is composed primarily of local musicians, many students at Frostburg State University and plays a variety of pop music. The band’s namesake, the legendary Corinthian musician Arion, was the “Jolly Mon” of ancient Greece who was thrown overboard by pirates and rescued by dolphins.
Take Two from Hancock will perform on the Centre Street stage from 7 to 9 p.m. and will play a variety of music. Take Two is the combined talents of husband and wife duo Russ and Donna Miller. “We play all kinds of music. Country music, big band, ’50s and ’60s, polka, rock and roll, and margaritaville,” said Donna Miller. With Donna on the drums and Russ on trumpet, sax, flugelhorn, keyboards, guitar and blues harps, their danceable mix will include songs recorded by the likes of Eric Clapton and The Eagles.
George Lucas, a country and western musician hailing from Windber, Pa., will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Mechanic Street 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.
The NightOwls, a Western Maryland favorite, will hit the M&T Bank Stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Formed in 2005, the four-piece combo performs mainly classic rock cover songs and some original music. The group displays a versatile song list with selections from rock, rockabilly, blues and country.
Singer Mary Crosten’s sultry blues-based vocals anchor the group’s sound. On lead guitar for the group is veteran picker Greg Larry. He has played guitar for over 30 years and his style includes flat-picking, slide and finger style. He is also a songwriter. The band will be performing his latest composition; a ballad titled “Nobody But You,” at Friday After Five.
Playing drums for The NightOwls is John Wisker. A Potomac Park resident, Wisker has been laying down the beat for the group since it formed in 2005. Wisker is also a vocalist for the band. Playing bass is Greg Goss. His finger work on the bass fret-board creates some of the highlight moments of NightOwl shows. Goss spent years developing his eclectic style that enables him to use the entire neck of the bass to cover everything from slap bass to tasteful melodic runs. Greg Goss is also a songwriter and sound engineer.
The NightOwls play tunes by Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, The Beatles, and many more.
The group performs regularly at Deep Creek Lake as well as Allegany County and Hampshire County, W.Va.
This week’s Friday After Five is sponsored by Gerald L. Albright Heating & Air; First United Bank & Trust; and United Carpenters and Joiners Local 1024. While Friday After Five remains a free and public event, costs to hold the weekly summer event have grown. Donations to Friday After Five may be made by sending a check to Friday After Five, c/o Downtown Manager, 10 S. Mechanic St., Cumberland, MD 21502.