When Amy Beth Franks was an intern with the Five Points Association, Five After Five felt more like an impromptu block party than an outdoor concert. Today, as executive director of the association, she has made a few tweaks to the successful weekly event, which wraps up its spring season on Thursday, May 29, with a concert featuring local rockers Death of Paris and Weaving the Fate.
Here’s what you may not know has changed:• 1. Children are welcome. “We’ve got bubbles, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and other activities for kids at every concert,” Franks said.
• 2. Beer is served from the Budweiser Portabar, which is set with bar stools and televisions.
• 3. There are places to sit and mingle, including high cocktail tables.
• 4. The entire neighborhood gets involved, offering discounts and specials all night long, including discounted wine at Mr. Friendly’s, drink specials nearly everywhere and Yappy Hour – bring your dog! – at Jake’s on Devine. Village Idiot’s famous pizza is on special, too.
• 5. Parking is free in Five Points after 6 p.m.
Of course, not everything has changed. Expect big crowds, a party atmosphere and really great music.
How great? Hometown band Weaving the Fate will celebrate the release of their latest album.
Five After Five runs from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.; the concert stage is set up near the Five Points Fountain. For more information, visit fivepointscolumbia.com Be sure to bring proper ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Katie McElveen, Special to The State