LAURINBURG — Jim Quick and Coastline are once again expected to draw thousands to the premiere of this year’s Laurinburg After Five outdoor concert series.
The series will kick off on May 20, with gates opening at 5 p.m. at the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex.
Selecting the lineup for the series, which is sponsored by Smithfield Foods, began in November, was a committee of the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce choosing groups based on their reception at past events.
The Coastline band includes Albert Rogers on the bass and vocals, Camron Dudley on drums and percussion, Casey Meyer on guitar and vocals, and Glen Tippett on the keyboards, sax, and vocals.
“The Tams and the Coastline Band have always been big shows,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Chris English.
The Laurinburg After Five series will round out on June 17 with Hip Pocket; July 15 with The Entertainers; and an Aug. 12 finale featuring The Tams. The event committee hopes that the lineup will invoke nostalgia for beach music’s heyday and command an audience from both near and far.
“On our Facebook page, we get a lot of likes from outside of Scotland County,” said English. “That’s great and we definitely want to bring more people into the county — the more people we can get to come to Laurinburg, the more see what we have to offer and might slip away and shop in our stores and restaurants.”
Food will be available onsite from vendors, including Smithfield Foods, Rocking Pig Barbecue, and Domino’s Pizza. Alcohol will be available for purchase, with wines sourced from Locklear Vineyard and Winery in Maxton.
Other activities include a clown, face painting, and other children’s events with the goal of creating a festive event for attendees of all ages.
“The whole idea is the quality of life, that we have events and happenings and things going on for the people of Laurinburg and Scotland County,” said English. “When you hear people say there’s nothing to do in Laurinburg, that’s not true. And one of the Chamber’s roles is to have things going on here. Hopefully we can keep building on that.”
Admission is $2 (children under 12 are free) and organizers say coolers and pets are prohibited.
For information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 910-276-7420 or email [email protected]