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4/27/2016 - Friday Night Live Begins May 6

CONTACT: Stacy Ash, 785-309-5770 or


(Salina, KS 04-16) Salina Arts & Humanities, in collaboration with downtown stakeholders, announces Friday Night Live---a new concert series beginning Friday, May 6. Friday Night Live is a series of programming for Salina residents and visitors designed to increase attendance and participation in arts-related events and to strengthen partnerships with local business owners in the downtown arts district.

There are three components of the new Friday Night Live series:

1. Each week, a free-admission Friday Night Live concert will feature music and poetry events in restaurants, bars, outdoor plazas and other venues, beginning Friday, May 6th at Campbell Plaza.

2. First Fridays, held on the first Friday of each month, will include visual, music and other arts performances scheduled at local downtown businesses and other sites. This programming was formerly known as First Thursday Art Rush. It has been rolled into Friday Night Live and will be promoted as such.

3. Select cultural venues, including the Smoky Hill Museum, will continue to offer programming on the first Thursday of each month. These events will be promoted in conjunction with Friday Night Live.

On Friday, May 6th, the initial Friday Night Live programming kicks off with First Friday visual arts programming downtown at Peaceful Body Wellness Retreat, Sweet On You, Team Employment and The Flower Nook, and at Salina Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 901 Beatrice, from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. The featured concert performer that evening is Jill Cohn of Seattle, WA, who will play at Campbell Plaza from 6:45p.m to 7:45p.m.

Singer/songwriter Cohn has been described as having melodious vocals with warm storytelling lyrics complemented by guitar and percussion. Her songs pay homage to artists like Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and Counting Crows, with tunes ranging from personal reflections to musical contemplations of pertinent social issues including domestic violence and vanishing rain forests.

A full-time musician since 1999, Cohn has nine critically-acclaimed independent releases and has gained notoriety with some of her songs placed in popular TV shows. See or hear more at:
Invite others to join you in downtown Salina to enjoy a variety of visual arts exhibits in local shops and venues, as the Friday Night Live series launches on Friday, May 6. Before or after each performance, catch dinner at a local restaurant such as Coop’s Pizzeria, on the north side of Campbell Plaza, or at other locally owned eateries. Chapman’s Take Away food truck also will be in the area.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the rest of the Friday Night Live and First Friday programming for May and June. For more information, call Stacy Ash at 785-309-5770.

For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.