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Virtual First Friday graphic against Marbles wallVirtual First Friday


Welcome to Virtual First Friday, a new concept from Downtown Raleigh Alliance for First Friday Raleigh! In light of the stay-at-home order currently in effect in North Carolina, we are bringing First Friday to YOU in the comfort of your own homes with musical performances, artistic demonstrations, live events, and more. 

Please enjoy these videos from well-known local musicians, artists, and galleries below. If you're having trouble with the videos loading, you can watch them on the DRA YouTube channel. You can also download your own activities using the links at the bottom of this page. Or check out what our First Friday members are offering virtually on the events page.

If you're joining in, share your photos on social media by tagging @FirstFridayRal and using the hashtags #VirtualFirstFriday and #FirstFridayRaleigh!

Questions or issues? Email David Moore at davidmoore@downtownraleigh.org.

 

MAY FIRST FRIDAY

Musician Videos


Autumn Nicolas shares original music and a cover song for Virtual First Friday. See more of her work on her website and Instagram.
 

 

Diego Avilez, of Sons of Paradise and Tumbao Latin band shares different styles of music through Piano looping and singing from his home studio. Learn more about Diego on his Instagram.
 

 

Second Shift A Cappella shares a family-friendly rendition of "The Circle of Life" complete with props.
 

 

Artist Videos


Cirque de Vol artists perform creative aerial arts for Virtual First Friday. Learn more about the Downtown Raleigh studio and how to get involved on their website.
 

 

Micah Johnson creates a new work using charcoal and paint. See more of his work on his website and Instagram.
 

 

Rashmi Krishnappa demonstrates a piece of Pen Art she created in honor of International Dance Day and Mother's Day. She fills in a pre-drawn sketch with doodle style patterns. See more of her work on her website and Instagram.
 

 

Sydnee Yates, of Come Beautifully Undone, shares her artistic process and creates an original mixed-media piece. See more of her work on her Instagram.
 

 
 

The North Carolina Museum of Art has worked on multiple mural projects in Downtown Raleigh and has provided DRA with videos showing the process. They are consistently offering ways to stay engaged with art and support the museum through their website and social media channels. 

 

 

 

 

APRIL FIRST FRIDAY

Musician Videos


Hank Smith, of Hank, Pattie & The Current, plays original tunes as well as a cover by banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck.
 

 

Imani Pressley performing for Virtual First Friday featuring songs from her recent releases as well as her new single, "Really Like It".
 

 

Jade Marelle performs three original songs accompanied by her bandmate Brennan Clark of Retro Candy. Sit back, relax, and have a good time listening to these songs at home!
 

 

Kate Rhudy comes to you from her dining room table wearing her not pictured broken Sanitas.

 

Trey Charles playing a Quarantine Serenade
 

 

Artist Videos


Paris Alexander of City Market Artist Collective tours his stone carving studio and demonstrates carving techniques for Raleigh's Virtual First Friday.
 

 

Virtual Gallery Tours


Charlene Newsom of Gallery C shares a virtual tour of their landmark Best of North Carolina exhibit.

 

 

First Friday at Home


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