Good morning! It's Friday! Which is basically the weekend. So take a look at what's going on through Sunday and make some plans!
At noon in the visitor center, Matt Butcher and the Schoolyard Band will perform during WDVX's Blue Plate Special. As always, it's free to attend!
Marcus Hall will once again throw a block party at his warehouse east of the Old City (206 Randolph Street) to celebrate the release of his spring line for Marc Nelson Denim. Food, drink, festivities, and fashion will all be involved, of course. It starts at 5 p.m., and it's free to attend!
If First Friday festivities lead you to the Old City, stop by Armada Bar to check out the collection of beer hats and paintings by Larry Crowell and Kate Ryan. Head over around 6. It's free to attend.
Prog-jazz outfit Trioscapes (featuring Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me) will perform at the Bowery at 9 p.m. with Lines Taking Shape, and Montezuma Fire Machine. Tickets are $9-$12. Buy them here. 18+ only.
Wrap up the night at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria, where Bobby Bare Jr. will perform at 10 p.m. 21+ only.
Happy Derby Day! Andrew Cohen at the Atlantic thinks you'll end up loving the winner, whoever it is.
The Market Square Farmers Market returns on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be veggies, handmade goods, and, of course, food trucks! Go stock up on all the above and celebrate the start of market season.
And if you stick around downtown, the Poland Now Festival will take over Market Square at 5 p.m. Polish art, music, and food will be involved. It's free to attend!
Maybe-folk-pop outfit Wake Owl will perform at the Square Room with Tim Halperin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Buy them here.
Folk and country singer/songwriters Jay Clark and Jeff Barba will team up to perform for the Annual Recyclin' Awareness Concert at the Laurel Theater at 8. Tickets are $12. Buy them here.
The midwestern blues-country rockers the Bottle Rockets will make a pit stop at the Shed in Maryville at 8 p.m. Mike Stinson and the Repeat Offenders will also perform. Tickets are $15. Buy them here.
The I Bike KNX Festival on Market Square starts at 2 p.m. Bike and helmet decorating, free bike safety checks, a blessing of the bikes, and information from local retailers will all be available to check out. More info here. It's free to attend!
And, if you actually want to go on a bike ride with your friends and family, one will leave Market Square at 4, wind through Parkridge, and then return downtown. It's family-friendly at less than six miles. More info here. Helmets required.
Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show starts at 8. No cover! 21+ only.