First on First is officially making its summer debut in 2020. The first official First on First event will be taking place on Thursday, June 18, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The main event will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Fans of the event flock to the streets of First Street West and First Avenue West, hence the name First on First, throughout the summer to enjoy a Thursday night filled with food, beverages and live music. While many events were postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event will be bringing joy and happiness to all attendees.
“It’s huge, everybody is just super excited,” April Getz, an event coordinator for Odd Fellows, said. “I guess it’s one of the first events this year that didn’t get canceled and was approved by the city; we’re all very, very excited about it.”
The summer shows will consist of a variety of music genres between country and rock on each Thursday of the summer from June 18 to August 12. However, July 2 will be skipped due to the upcoming Fourth of July. The event will feature different bands throughout the summer with performances by Brandon Jones, Judd Hoos, Great White, Southern Drawl, Zeona Road, Dirty Word with Kat Perkins, Eskimo Bros and Black N Blue.
While numerous events will be hosting restrictions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, First on First may be the first event to have no restrictions.
“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any,” Getz said. “It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”
The 2020 First on First summer season will feature a series of returning themes such as free live music, shops (such as a 1950s memorabilia and clothing store) and a bouncy set with food and drink for kids. But Getz stated there will be a new addition to bring some fun to those who are 21 and older.
“We do have a brand-new VIP area,” Getz said. “It gets you closer access to the stage, it gets you complimentary food from Blue 42, and it gives people access to a private bar which has beer, wine and mixed drinks. There were also meet and greets with the bands, at the B2 lounge before they perform; it will only be some bands but not every band.”
Getz stated the VIP passes will be $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Pokorny Chiropractic Clinic, or they can be purchased the night of at the main wristband tent. There, patrons who are 21 or over can buy a wristband for $5.
Brandon Jones will be the headliner for June 18 and will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. The opener, Tris Munsick and The Innocents, will be playing at the event at 6:30 p.m.