ELIZABETHTOWN — For the better part of 11 months, Bladen County folks have had Thursday circled on their 2016 calendars for one reason: the first concert of the new Summer Sounds Concert Series.
“I’ve had a lot of people looking forward to this and asking about it,” said Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, “so we’re hoping the success we had last year will carry over.”
Last summer’s Concert Series attracted more than 2,500 people across the four-concert event.
Kicking off this summer’s Concert Series on Thursday will be The Entertainers, a band out of South Carolina that is well-known for its beach music.
“But they will play a variety of music, in addition to beach music,” Maynard said.
The Entertainers were organized in 1980 and came right out of the gate with a No. 1 beach-music single, “Living for the Summer,” later that year. The group quickly became one of the South’s coastal favorites, playing in venues from Washington, D.C., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Naples, Fla.
In addition to beach music, The Entertainers often mix in the well-known singles of artists from R&B, party and dance, Top 40, rock and roll classics, and country.
Fans will recognize such hits as Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby,” Boz Scaggs’ “Sick And Tired,” Chairmen Of The Board’s “Carolina Girls,” Cornelius Brothers’ “Too Late To Turn Back Now,” Four Tops’ “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” The Platters’ “With This Ring,” Tower Of Power’s “This Time Is Real,” Earth Wind And Fire’s “September,” Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feelin’,” KC & The Sunshine Band’s “That’s The Way I like It,” Kool and The Gang’s “Ladies Night,” Usher’s “Something Special,” Brooks And Dunn’s “Neon Moon” and Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think Of Me,” among many others.
The group’s 35-plus years of performing experience and recording prowess culminated in the release of its latest album, “The Inside Story,” which contains the No. 1 beach-music single, “Thank Goodness She Cheated.”
“I think people will really like The Entertainers,” Maynard said. “Hopefully the community will come out and have a good time … responsibly.”
The concert on Thursday will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in downtown Elizabethtown. Folks are encouraged to bring their own chairs, and can also bring umbrellas or pop-up tents. No coolers will be allows.
Lu Mil Vineyard will be selling muscadine wine and slushies. There will also be beer, water, slushies by Sunset Slush, food items from Cape Fear BBQ and the Chamber will be selling concert T-shirts.
The second annual Summer Sounds Concert Series is being presented by the Chamber and Cape Fear Valley/Bladen Healthcare. Among the numerous sponsors for the event, the platinum sponsors include the Bladen Journal and Four County Electric — and there are another 20 gold, silver or bronze sponsors.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.