This will be the first of three downtown events. Imagine Norwalk also happens July 1 and Aug. 5, the first Friday of the month in the summer.
“I love that the Norwalk Jaycees are spearheading this year’s event because having that many people invested in the event can only help to grow it,” said Chris Castle, who envisioned the Imagine Norwalk concept.
As always, Friday’s Imagine Norwalk will feature various food vendors and artisans’ handcrafted goods and crafts.
“There will be a variety of food options,” Castle said. “That has been helped by the addition of Bohemian Wrapsody, Bluto’s and The Freight House.”
Castle was asked about some of the highlights. He quickly mentioned the 9:30 p.m. showing of the hit animated movie “Inside Out” at Suhr Family Park.
“That is sponsored by Firelands Credit Union. That’s definitely one of the highlights,” Castle said. “Every Imagine Norwalk will have a movie in Suhr Family Park.”
Friday’s event features a dozen musical acts performing in downtown Norwalk from 5 to 9 p.m.
Castle, who has been booking the performers, essentially will be the opening act at 5 p.m. He will perform at When Pigs Fly, 31 E. Main St. — something he is looking forward to doing.
The veteran musician will perform all original songs. Castle describes his music as Americana, a combination of classic rock and country.
“With a little bit of folk thrown in,” he said.
Castle said he booked musical acts which have “a history with the event and town.”
Of the 12 performers, there are three new acts to the Imagine Norwalk lineup: The Moonlighters, Michael Drum and The Cunning Tongues.
The Moonlighters, a duo from Berea, will perform at 5:30 p.m. at the Diamond Collection, 1 E. Main St.
“They are music majors out of Baldwin Wallace (University). I believe it’s going to be (a) piano and cello,” Castle said.
Drum will play at 7:30 p.m. at Patina 46, 46 E. Main St. Castle said the solo performer from the Norwalk-Huron area does rock-n-roll and “a handful of originals.”
“He’s a one-man band who utilizes a loop machine,” he added.
The Cunning Tongues will perform at 8 p.m. on Hester Street.
“They’re classic rock. They play a lot of original music. They play everything from (David) Bowie to Bob Dylan. It’s like roots rock with attitude,” Castle said.
“Part of those members used to be in The Relations,” he added. “That band (The Cunning Tongues) has only been around for about six months.”
This is the third summer for Imagine Norwalk.
“This will really be a spotlight on what Norwalk has always had to offer,” Castle said.
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The first of three Imagine Norwalk events kicks off Friday.
Here is the schedule of music acts and where they will perform:
• 5 p.m.: Chris Castle, When Pigs Fly
• 5:30 p.m.: the Moonlighters, Diamond Collection
• 5:30 p.m.: Kevin Obermeyer, After Home Furnishings
• 6 p.m.: Tommy Christian & Cory Boomer, Lonz Law Firm
• 6 p.m.: Jay Guerro, St. Charles Place
• 6:30 p.m.: Sojourner’s Song, Sheri’s Coffee House
• 6:30 p.m.: Great Grandpa Beebe, Excel Bike
• 7 p.m.: Jerimae Yoder, Christian Roberts Salon & Spa
• 7:30 p.m.: Michael Drum, Patina 46
• 8 p.m.: The Cunning Tongues, Hester Street
• 8:30 p.m.: The Real McCoys, Norwalk Theatre
• 9 p.m.: Ghosts of John Wayne, The Freight House Pub & Grill
• 9:30 p.m.: the animated film, “Inside Out,” Suhr Family Park