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Friday Night Live, downtown Ludington’s music and entertainment showcase, will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with live music from Ravon Steely Rhoden and Medium Well, a singing competition, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual reality arcade and more. Events will continue on Fridays July 19, 26 and Aug. 1.

Across four-and-a-half city blocks, three performance stages and more than 40 activity booths, Friday Night Live is set to start off with a bang at 6 p.m. Friday at the first of the summer’s four weekly music and entertainment showcases in downtown Ludington.

Friday Night Live (FNL) has been a staple of the summer scene in Ludington for more than a decade, drawing 5,000 to 8,000 of people to the area every week — sometimes more, depending on the attractions of the week, according to Jen Tooman, marketing and communications director for the Ludington Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

“They’re all well attended and it’s definitely become a community favorite event,” Tooman said.

New this year

As the 2019 season starts, organizers are excited about the new activities that will be offered this year.

“New this year … is a rock-climbing wall, and a virtual reality arcade,” Tooman said.

The rock-climbing wall will is 24 feet tall and will be set up on South James Street between Filer and Foster streets.

The arcade — which will allow four people to participate at a time in 5- to 7-minute immersive virtual reality experiences — will be near the corner of Loomis and James streets.

Both activities are meant to expand the offerings available to older children and teens, according to Tooman.

“We have the inflatables and the pony rides, but we always try to have things for the older kiddos as well, so that’s where the rock-climbing wall and the virtual reality come in,” she said.

Tooman said the wall and arcade will be available during Friday’s FNL kick-off night, and added that there’s a possibility the new attractions could return before the season is over.

Music

In addition to the first night of the sing-off, attendees on Friday will see performances by Ravon Steely Rhoden at the Ludington Avenue stage and Medium Well at the stage on Loomis and James streets.

For more information, including maps of the layout for each week, visit www.downtownludington.org/fnl or find Downtown Ludington on Facebook.

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