First Friday Lineup: May 1

Irish Rose Saloon

The Element’s Singer/Songwriter Series: Tentacles Everywhere: Blending mixes of folk, synth and indie pop. Tentacles Everywhere brings a very calming yet energetic dynamic to the stage. Switching from keyboards, to trumpet to guitars to harmonicas Tentacles Everywhere was formed by Elizabeth McQueeny & Kyle Theiss originally as a two piece & later added Nabeel Shaikh as their bassist.

9:30-11:30pm (FREE)

519 E State St


Kryptonite Bar | Music & Craft Beer

Loft Art: Peter Mera “Pop Culture’s got nothing on me.”

Music: Sidewalk Chalk w/ Goodwill Dynamite: Our favorite hip hop art show Sidewalk Chalk returns (10pm)

FREE – $10 after 9pm

308 W State St


JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace

Art: Rockford Urban Ministries’ Used Art Sale, celebrating 30 years of directing by Stanley Campbell will hold his semi-annual art sale. People can donate art for this sale held for the month of May. All proceeds fund social justice programs of RUM. (Mon-Sat 10am-6pm for month of May)

Music: Katie Dahl, Emily White, & Emily Hurd “In-The-Round” – Hurd, White, and Dahl are Midwestern songwriters with loyal fan bases and multiple accolades to their collective credit.

7pm (FREE) donations welcome

201 7th St


District Bar & Grill

Music: Black Stone Cherry w/Shamans Harvest

There’s enough boot stomping, soulful meat-and-potatoes in the Kentucky band’s stew to invigorate Middle America, with the melodic chops to conquer the worldwide stage.

7pm ($20)

205 W State St


Mary’s Place

Pistol Pete is well-known in Chicago and abroad as one of the hottest shredders around. He has been on Showtime At The Apollo, played with musical legends & has multiple CDs.


602 N Madison St


Flip Side Cinema

@ Riverfront Museum Park

CHEF (Rated-R): Join us for our new series of independent, alternative and classic films, in Rockford’s original independent theater location! Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

7:30pm (Doors @ 7pm) – $5

711 N Main St


JR Kortman Center for Design

Gallery Bar open late

Art: “Nature/Nurture: A Family of Artists” featuring works by Paul Pinzarrone, Rebecca Downing Pelley, and Ellie Pinzarrone. Dennis Horton tending the Kortman Gallery Bar.

107 N Main St


Sienna’s Kitchen Gourmet Shop & Eatery

Sienna’s Kitchen “1st” First Friday: Sampling, Food & Desserts for Purchase.

Music: Two of Us – Acoustic Duo

6-9pm (FREE)

223 E State St


Lucette Salon & Spa

Mother Daughter Mini-Manis: Stop in for complimentary nail polish applications and wine!

6-8pm (FREE for traditional polish)

Vinylux polish is $3 – Sorry, no Shellac this evening

508 E State St


State of the Art Gallery

Two Year Anniversary Party! Come celebrate our anniversary with new art by Roni Golan, Jeremy Klonicki & Carmen Turner, with a live painting performance to music by Eddie B. Jazz!

Gallery Hours: Noon-9pm

Music: 7-8pm (FREE – donations appreciated)

218 E State St


Sponsored by: Associated Bank & Swedish American Health Systems

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