The Entertainers as hot as the heat — kick off Summer Sounds Concert Series in downtown Elizabethtown

By: By Chrysta Carroll -

ELIZABETHTOWN — Mother Nature did her best to heat things up Thursday with near-record temperatures, but it got even hotter when The Entertainers took the stage at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market for the first event of the Summer Sounds Concert Series.

While the wide variety of cool beverages were a welcome part of the three-hour concert, The Entertainers easily were the stars of the evening, performing such hits as “Taking Care of Business” and “Because I Love You” while dozens of attendees line-danced, shagged or otherwise thumbed their noses at the 90-degree heat while tearing up the dance floor.

“The band was amazing,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard. “They were just excellent — I’d love to invite them back.”

PeeWee and Katie Cottle, who also recently attended the Chamber’s first-ever Sunset Jams concert at White Lake last month, when they finally took a break from cutting a rug, said with a smile, “We just love coming to things like this — we love to dance.”

Keri-Ana Smith, who attended the concert with her family, said she comes for a different reason.

“I enjoy beach music — I had to,” she said, gesturing to her parents. “They made sure of it.”

She added of the event, “This is great. A lot of local people come, and it’s a good chance to socialize with everybody and have a good time.”

The attendees weren’t limited to local folks, however.

“Those people over there,” Smith said, pointing to some ladies dancing, “are from Robeson County, so people are coming from surrounding areas for this — it’s not just Bladen County people and visitors from White Lake.”

Such statements must be exactly what Chamber members want to hear.

“I talked to people coming from the Whiteville-Tabor City-Conway area, people from the New Hanover area, and from Robeson and Sampson counties,” said Maynard. “And we definitely tapped into the tourist crowd. I was pleased with the turnout.”

Maynard estimated that around 500 people attended the event, a comparable number to last year’s inaugural crowd.

Next up for the Summer Sounds Concert Series will be the band Spare Change.

“The unique thing about this band is that they have a variety of instruments. In particular, they have a fiddler that will knock your socks off — or your flip-flops off,” Maynard corrected herself, laughing. “They will play a variety of music that will be pleasing to the ears of all ages.”

Spare Change will be performing at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market on Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

By Chrysta Carroll