Experience Downtown Northville
the first Friday of every month
6:00 - 9:00pm
Artwalk ~ Shopping ~ Dining
The First Friday of each month downtown Northville celebrates the arts with their long-running First Friday Experience. You’ll find something new each month as many of the town’s galleries and boutiques stay open late with special guests, trunk shows, music and their newest merchandise.
Starring “The Gallery” hosts an artist reception each month. Some of our artists have exhibited with us in the past and others will be exhibiting with us for the first time – each showcasing their newest pieces in their own unique style. Each artist will be available to answer questions and their artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the remainder of the month.
Artists, hors d'oeuvres, shopping, music and good friends - Experience it all at Starring “The Gallery” during the First Friday Experience.
Our next First Friday Experience will take place on February 3, 2017.
Details on the next First Friday Experience and the featured artist can be found on our calendar. Please click on the links below.
January - The First Friday Experience does not take place in January.
February - Julie Woodard
March - Karen Judnich
April - Denise Cassidy Wood
May - Alka Simhoe
June - Lynn Paquette
July - tbd
August - tbd
September - Bern Merlo
October - Julia McGrath
November - tbd
December - tbd
First Friday Experience Musicians
Sheila Landis and Rick Matlles
2017 Scheduled Performances: March 3, August 4, September 1, November 3, December 1
Jazz vocalist Sheila Landis has been performing her soulful interpretations of jazz and blues since 1973. A turning point in her career was the 1981 release of her debut vinyl LP "Jazz Rendezvous" in her own label, SheLan Records. Landis teamed up with 7-string guitarist Rick Matle in 1991, sensing a kindred musical spirit. Together Landis and Matle continue to explore jazz balladry, swing, bebop, blues, poetic excursions, Brazilian rhythms, funk, pop and their own inventive collaborations at every performance; elegant, yet edgy. Matle, a 1986 Oakland University Music Performance Graduate, combines a rocker's bravado with the jazzman's sensitivity to provide a buoyant springboard from which Landis launches her melodic flights, earning her the accolade of "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" seven times, as bestowed by the Detroit Music Awards.
Dave Adair on the Ukulele
Dave enjoys playing classic tunes from the 20's, 30's and 40's, as well as songs from popular 60's and 70's groups such as Credence Clearwater Revival, the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Dave's audiences range from child care center and elementary school classrooms to nursing facilities and special events such as our First Friday Experience.
Ron Cieri is a classical guitarist presenting works of the greatest composers from the Baroque to the Modern era played acoustically, for solo guitar. The unique style of the classical guitar allows Ron to create a beautiful and intimate musical atmosphere which serves as the antithesis to the downloadable lifestyle of which we’ve become accustomed. In a review of his playing at local restaurant, the Plymouth Patch writer noted that “if you appreciate music as much as I do, you don’t know what to marvel at more: the sheer beauty of the sound, or the fact that I’m experiencing this treasure for free.”
Ron has been playing classical guitar for 30 years and has spent the last five years under the tutelage of Jason Vieaux, Director of Guitar at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Please come hear for yourself, for free, at our First Friday Experience.
Shop ~ Dine ~ Experience Downtown Northville
Information on other downtown Northville galleries and businesses participating in the First Friday Experience can be found on the Northville Downtown Development Authority website.