first fridays

The 7th Annual First Fridays street parties kick off Friday, April 5 on Granby Street. First Fridays run from 5 pm to 8:30 pm with live music, food, drinks, friends and fun. All events are free and open to the public.

“This is such a popular event for Downtown Norfolk, and each year we want to bring a little more energy and activity,” said Downtown Norfolk Council Marketing Director Jessica Kliner. “This year, we’re featuring many new bands to the region in addition to featuring some of our strong bank of local talent. We think there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

First Fridays is produced by Downtown Norfolk Council and sponsored by S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. and Wells Fargo Center. Local vendors have an assortment of food items available for sale including local craft beer and wine. The after party continues in Downtown with an assortment of restaurants and venues to explore within easy walking distance.

2019 Season Entertainment and Locations

Friday, April 5

Where: 300 Block of Granby Street

Headliner: Levitation Room – This L.A. quartet delivers psychedelic rock reminiscent of the 60s

Opener: Ladada - Sun-drenched songs inspired by early Motown and 60s garage rock

Friday, May 3

Where: 300 Block of Granby Street

Headliner: Kat Wright – Plenty of soul in this gritty and emotive rock and roll performer who is described as “Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.”

Opener: Del Florida – A D.C. band featuring amorphic dream pop that has opened for Montreal.

Friday, June 7

Where: The Plot, 776 Granby Street, NEON District

Headliner: Special Local Headliner To Be Announced

Opener: Illiterate Light – Rock with gritty guitar melodies, honest lyrics and a thundering bass

Friday, August 2

Where: 300 Block of Granby Street

Headliner: Yarn – Hailing from N.C., this band melds bluegrass-influenced music, a gentle spirit and a rock and roll heart.

Opener: South Hill Banks – Jam-infused bluegrass from Richmond

Friday, September 6

Where: 300 Block of Granby Street

Headliner: Liz Cooper and The Stampede - Dream-folk psychedelic rock blending Liz’s unique vocal texture with a picking and playing style from acoustic to electric rock

Opener: Blush Face – From Richmond, this four-member band brings 'lectric lullaby pop rocks to town

Friday, October 4

Where: 300 Block of Granby Street

Headliner: Greyhounds: Brings the Austin, Texas music scene to Downtown with a unique sound that mixes R&B, soul and funk

Opener: To Be Announced

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