Last Friday, the aging walls of the historic Knight Bergman Center in Warren heard the booming sound of the Sweetwater All Stars, a ten-piece rhythm and blues band.

Initially planned to be held outdoors, the town’s First Friday event was moved to the nearly century-old former school as a result of the evening’s unseasonably cold and damp conditions. Despite the weather, people packed into the gymnasium, sitting both on camp chairs and the building’s wooden bleachers.