Motown coming to Summer Sounds Concert Series

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Change is good, right?

The second installment in the annual Summer Sounds Concert Series at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in downtown Elizabethtown is set to fill the air with some of the best classics of the early Motown years when the Legacy Motown Review takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

“This group came highly recommended from Oz Agency as a ‘crowd-pleaser’ and offers tunes familiar to the young and old,” said Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “Motown is big and the songs we will hear should be familiar to most everyone.”

The music of Motown will offer concert-goers a stark difference to the usual blend of beach music and rock.

“I think the folks will love this band,” Maynard added. “I learned from last year when we tried to mix the music up that I needed to select bands people can enjoy both singing and dancing along with the music.”

For this segment of the Summer Sounds Concert Series, the Legacy Motown Review will entice plenty of foot-stomping, sing-a-long music to hits from Earth Wind & Fire, The Platters, The Drifters, Jackson 5, The Coasters, The Temptations and more.

Founded in September 2010, the Legacy Motown Review is owned by Much Moore Entertainment.

The first of the four concerts, on July 13 featuring Jim Quick & Coastline Band, brought an estimated 600 folks to the Farmer’s Market to enjoy the music — a crowd that included Mother Nature and her 90-degree temperatures. She is expected to be a big part of Thursday’s concert, as well.

“It is definitely hot, but it is summer in Eastern North Carolina,” Maynard said. “I don’t worry about the heat as long as it doesn’t rain, attendance will be good.

“These concerts are the talk of the town and continue to be very successful providing fun for the entire family to the community,” she added.

To help battle the heat, there will be plenty of beverages available — including from the R.A. Jeffreys Budweiser tent, as well as Classic Italian Ices from Sunset Slush. Several of the Concert Series sponsors, like the Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley/Bladen Healthcare, will have booths.

Folks can bring lawn chairs and held-held fans — and, of course, their dancing shoes — but coolers are forbidden.

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

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal