TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds will play Rhum Academy on First Friday.             Herald File Photo
TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds will play Rhum Academy on First Friday. Herald File Photo

Throw on your funkiest bell bottoms, your best disco suit or even your most fluorescent of green get-ups and get downtown for First Friday’s Flashback Friday. 

On Friday, April 6, downtown Kokomo will take you back in time as businesses and organizations from downtown and all around the community will gather in the city center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. to celebrate their favorite decades. 

“Flashback Friday will be a fun evening in downtown Kokomo for children of all decades,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown creative placemaking for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “We encourage everyone to really get into the spirit of the evening by dressing themselves in the looks of their favorite decade.”

And for those answering the call to dress in style, there will be a Roaming Prize Patrol looking to heap prizes on the best-dressed in the crowd. Prizes will include gift certificates to downtown businesses. 

If your heart beckons for the ‘80s, The Excel Center is a must-stop on your time-warped tour of downtown. Located at 101 W. Superior St., the center is pairing up with the Baja Salsa food truck and hosting hula hoop contests, Thriller battles, break dancing, Trivial Pursuit, “Footloose” dance-offs, Rubik’s Cube competitions, best-dressed contest, karaoke sing-offs, Polaroid photo booth and more. 

If the ‘60s are more your vibe, stop in at Bona Vista’s gift store on North Buckeye Street. In celebration of the organization’s 60th anniversary, they’ll have 1960s-style games and activities including hopscotch, four square and sidewalk chalk. 

And if you can’t pick a decade because you love them all, Geek Street is for you. 

“It’s Flashback Friday on Geek Street every day of the year,” said Mike Wilson, owner of American Dream HiFi.

Located in the 100 block of East Sycamore Street, Geek Street is American Dream, Kokomo Toys & Collectibles and Comics Cubed. You’ll find nostalgia in every shop, Wilson said.

And as always, there will be plenty of live music.

TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds will perform a concert at Rhum Academy of Music, 500 W. Superior St. Tickets are $35, and organizers promise “You won’t want to miss this legendary event!” Opening act WLRS will take the stage at 8 p.m., but doors will open at 7 p.m. with lounge music in the waiting area.

Who’s Yer Coustic will perform at Wings Etc., and The Coterie has a line-up of bands as part of The Royal Shindig. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and won’t stop until 1 a.m. Here’s the event’s lineup: Kirk Morrow Jr. at 7:30 p.m., The Peaceful Kings at 8 p.m., The Garden of Eden at 9 p.m., Daytime Sinners at 10 p.m., and No Name Blues at 11 p.m. 

Other activities planned include:

  • The IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery will celebrate its grand opening at its new location, 102 N. Main St., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception for its Nefelibata Exhibition curated by IUK student intern Lizzy Lewis. 
  • Artworks Gallery will showcase the Mayan- and Aztec-inspired art of guest artist Ryan McKain. Also be sure to check out the work of Brenda Brink, this month’s gallery artist.
  • Redeemer Lutheran School will have a variety of games for elementary school children with prizes for everyone. 
  • Community First Bank of Indiana, 201 W. Sycamore St., will be selling gently used little black dresses for $20 in support of the Family Service Association and the domestic violence shelter. You can also pick up a “Live Empowered” bracelet for $10 and tickets to the Little Black Dress Event in April.
  • A new tire and auto shop, Belle Tire will have information on car seat safety, as well as coloring books for kids and a photo op with its mascot, Tireman. 
  • Mental Health America of Howard County will present “Emotions 101” at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Geared toward preschool-aged children, it includes interactive, fun activities to foster emotional intelligence during two sessions. The first session is 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the second is 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.