Mary Katherine Murphy Staff writer
September 4, 2013
LAURINBURG — The summer’s final Laurinburg After Five concert, to be held on Friday, will bring a close to the series’ first year in its new incarnation.
After years on the campus of St. Andrews University, the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce moved the concerts to the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex in hopes of maximizing the series’ potential as a family affair.
The first four concerts this summer featured the groups Too Much Sylvia, the Night Move Band, Sea Cruz, and the Carolina Breakers. Friday’s performers, The Tams, will take the stage from 6-9 p.m., giving concertgoers a final taste of summer in Laurinburg in what organizers promise will be “an amazing show.”
“This gives our community a chance to enjoy good food, fun times, and great entertainment,” said Kim Liles, chair of the Chamber’s Laurinburg After Five Committee. “Their show is fun, fresh and exciting and appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.”
Active on the beach music scene for five decades, the Tams are known for such hits as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” “What Kind of Fool,” “I’ve Been Hurt,” and “Untie Me.” Though their style of music has historically been referred to as Beach Music, it has also been classified as a mixture of smooth jazz and R&B.
“They’ve been around for 50 years and they’ve had all kinds of Billboard hits — even one on the top 50 right now, so they’ve been popular for many many years,” said Chamber President Tonia Stephenson. “They’ve got a great reputation and really do a great show.”
Food and drink vendors will be on site Friday night. As at all Laurinburg After Five Events this year, there will be a $1 charge per person for the events, with kids under 12 admitted for free.
Stephenson said that, despite the location change, addition of an admission charge, and rescheduling of the June and July concerts due to weather, this year’s series has exceeded expectations. This year’s Laurinburg After Five audiences have averaged between 350 and 500.
“I think it has gone exceptionally well considering that we’ve had to have two rain dates,” she said. “It was a little bit challenging in that regard, but we’ve had good crowds and great bands. Admission hasn’t seemed to deter anybody; most people can find a dollar even if they have to count the change in their cup holders.”