ELIZABETHTOWN — Grab your dancing shoes and lawn chair and come down to the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market on Thursday for the second of the Summer Sounds Concert Series at 6 p.m.
North Tower is set to take the stage, and the admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase — both Sunset Slush and Cape Fear Bar-B-Que & Chicken will be on hand for the event.
There will also be concert T-shirts available at a cost of $12 each.
But the highlight of the evening will be North Tower.
“North Tower has been around for a couple of decades. They are a very well-known beach music band,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.
The band plays a variety of beach music, Motown, oldies and some familiar songs from today, according to Maynard.
North Tower was started in 1975 as an acapella vocal quartet by a group of friends who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the name of the group represents an area of the Old East dormitory, where some of the members lived). Since then, they have become of of the South’s premiere party and event bands.
“I wanted to bring them back because they helped us kick off an event last year that got the community interested in a series,” said Maynard. ““The support for this (series) has exceeded my expectations,” said Maynard.
She added that the Chamber is hoping to make the Summer Sounds Concert Series an annual event.
“I actually have businesses who are not on our concert board (this year) to contact me about wanting to be involved next year,” said Maynard.
The first concert in the series kicked off on Thursday, July 9, with the Band of Oz. Maynard said there were about 600 people in attendance for the first concert.
Maynard said folks are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and tailgating tents are permitted along the perimeter but not in front of the stage. Also, coolers are prohibited.
Maynard said businesses who have an interest in sponsoring next year’s event or have questions on how to become a chamber member can call the Chamber office at 910-862-4368.
The Summer Sounds Concert Series will continue in August with the Fantastic Shakers on Aug. 13 and the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band will close the series on Aug 27.
—Erin Smith can be reached at 910-862-4163.