Despite the cold snap this week, spring has sprung in northern Indiana. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, winter coats are going into storage, and soon the air in downtown Warsaw will be filled with the sounds of local musicians.
Yes, next week the calendar turns over to May (hard to believe, I know), and that means another entertaining installment of First Friday: Musical May. Organizers have assembled a wide array of musical acts, sure to satisfy music lovers of all kinds.
The Lakes Area Community Band will perform with the Optimist Singers from 6-7 p.m. on the west lawn of the Kosciusko County Courthouse. The Warsaw Community High School Jazz and Pep Band will perform on the courthouse steps at 6 p.m., followed by the Lakeland Community Choir at 7 p.m.
Over at Center Stage, Astound will perform at 6 p.m. Ben Meulink will play at 6:30 p.m. Headlining will be the Sock Monkeys from 7-9 p.m.
Other acts will be scattered throughout the downtown area. Mike Beezley, frontman for local group United, will perform at the Emporium. WCHS Battle of the Band winner, Manium, are set to play. Dancers from both Deb Colliers School of Dance and Leeann Stewart Dance School will perform. The Gary Gerard Group will be rocking out during the event, and a bagpipes and accordion performance will be held at the Orthoworx Tent.
Furthermore, the Classic Arts Program will hold a chicken BBQ fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at the city hall plaza. An $8 ticket will get you a tasty chicken breast, side and drink. Tickets may be purchased in advance from an Lakeland Community Choir and Youth Chorale member or at the Latte Lounge, 108 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw. Enjoy a tasty meal and support the local arts.
First Friday activities will be going on from 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 1 in downtown Warsaw.