First Fridays serve as a great excuse to unplug from routine to gather with friends at the end of a work week. Free music and the availability of a cool beverage provide an informal, 3-hour backdrop where adults can re-connect, kids are always welcomed, and Olde Towne’s restaurants beckon.

While “Concerts in the Courtyard” take place under the live oaks of the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s historic brick outdoor garden, they move indoors behind PACC’s gift shop when inclement weather interferes.

This year, rainy May weather required that we reach out to Olde Towne partner Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in order to accommodate the 11-piece band Soul Intent’s musicians, equipment, lights and sound system. Determined that “the show must go on,” the Partnership welcomed a massive crowd, and all were grateful that the staple First Friday event didn’t fall victim to the weather. The Partnership thanks the crew at Roger Brown’s, and takes pride in the fact that the healthy relationships within the Olde Towne community always produce a good result for Portsmouth’s citizens and their guests.