Sunday in the Park schedule is released
The 2017 season of Greenville's Sunday in the Park summer concert series features bands that represent a wide variety of music. The free outdoor Sunday concerts, a tradition in Greenville since 1973, are held at the Town Common on First Street. All shows are at 7 p.m. Concerts are cancelled in case of inclement weather; call 252-758-7246 for weather updates.
Here is the schedule, released by Greenville Recreation and Parks:
June 4: The Main Event Band
Greenville's ultimate party band, The Main Event Band performs R&B, soul, funk, country and Beach Music. They feature a tight rhythm section, keys and strong vocals and play music from the 1980s to today.
June 11: Tar River Community Band A Sunday in the Park regular, The Tar River Community Band is a group of volunteer musicians from the Greenville area. Directed by James Mauser, they specialize in marches, show tunes, jazz, swing and classical music.
June 18: Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra is a college-based orchestra led by Michael Stevenson. It's made up of more than 60 musicians and is a collaborative effort of the college and the community. Selections include a variety of popular and classical orchestra pieces.
June 25: The Old Grey Suits The Old Grey Suits from Pitt County perform traditional bluegrass and Newgrass with influences such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scrugs and Stanley Brothers.
July 2: Painted Man From Myrtle Beach, S.C., Painted Man performs soul, R&B and dance music.
July 9: The David Dixon Trio David Dixon is a singer/songwriter from Greenville who now resides in Wilmington. He studied music at The Berklee School of Music in Boston. The David Dixon Trio performs a mix of rock-fused blues and reggae. Daid was the lead guitarist for the well-known band The Embers from 2008-11.
July 16: The Monitors The Monitors, from Wilson, have been a Sunday in the Park crowd favorite for more than 40 years. They perform an wide variety of music from early jazz to R&B and get audience participation for the Electric Slide and other dances. (See video below)
July 23: Caroline Dare Band Making her Sunday in the Park debut, singer/songwriter Caroline Dare is a 15-year-old Greenville resident. She is a CMA member and a Nashville, Tenn., ASCAP songwriter who has performed at the Bluebird Ccafe, Merlefest and the Coca-Cola Speedway Street Festival and is a fixture at Greenville's Uptown Umbrella Market.
July 30: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba Hailing from Senegal, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba perform West African Griot music. They have recorded two albums and were nominated for Best African Group for all Africa Music Awards in 2015.
Aug. 6: Molasses Creek with special guest Green Grass Cloggers From the Island of Ocracoke comes a long-time Sunday in the Park favorite, Molasses Creek, playing folk, Americana and Roots music. Green Grass Cloggers are an award-winning high energy percussive dance team based in Greenville and Asheville.
Aug. 13: Nantucket North Carolina rockers Nantucket are well known to Greenville audiences, playing often at the late, great Attic nightclub. Formed in 1969, they released a number of albums and opened for bands including KISS, AC/DC and The Doobie Brothers. In 2012, Nantucket was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame,
Aug. 20: Chicago Reloaded (Tribute band) The ultimate Chicago tribute band on the East Coast, Chicago Reloaded plays all of the hits from the original Chicago including "Make Me Smile" and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry." The band includes talented musicians from the Charlotte and Triangle area of North Carolina. (See video below)