Sunset Jams kicks off Thursday

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

WHITE LAKE — Two of the year’s biggest events will take place on Thursday when summer officially starts and the annual Sunset Jams Concert Series will kick off with the Imitations out of Wilmington.

“This is the first time Imitations have played in our concert series at White Lake,” said Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the series. “Mayor Goldston Womble and his wife Faye … highly recommended them for our venue.”

Maynard said she checked out the band’s website and listened to their music on Itunes before booking them.

”I felt they would be a good fit for our concert series at the lake,” she said. “They play beach, soul, and rock and roll tunes that will be familiar to all attendees. I do think this will be a good kick off for the Sunset Jams Concert Series.”

The Imitations are also a highly sought-after wedding band throughout the Carolinas, with a 5 out of 5 rating on WeddingWire.

The band, which is celebrating its 20th year as the “Party Band of the Carolinas,” features vocalists Mike Merritt, George Hobbs, Richard Collier, Tony Creech and Mike Miller.

The Imitations’ play list includes such notable songs as “Shagging on the Boulevard,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Ladies Night,” ” Surfing USA,” ” Tams Medley,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Get Down On It” and “Unchained Melody.”

“I am very excited about our stage this year,” Maynard said. “We gained Smithfield as a gold sponsor and a few more businesses that are only open for the season at the lake sponsored the event this year. With the additional help from Goldston’s Beach and all the Sponsors, we were able to rent a covered stage with lights this year.

“Both Southeastern Health and the Chamber of Commerce have worked together to grow this event,” she added, “and I think with the dates falling during our peak tourist season, it will be twice as big as last year.”

The Imitations will open the series Thursday, June 21, and play from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Goldston’s Beach parking lot. Folks can bring chairs, but no coolers will be allowed.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal