Greenville's free Sunday in the Park concert series begins June 3

Greenville's free outdoor concert series, Sunday In The Park, begins Sunday, June 3 at the Town Common, 100 E. First Street downtown beside the Tar River.

The concert series has been a summer tradition since 1973.

Free performances of various genres of music are held on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., June through August. The series is sponsored by Greenville Recreation and Parks.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Food and beverages will be sold. Pets on leashes are permitted.

Concerts are cancelled in case of inclement weather; call 252-758-7246 for weather updates of visit the Facebook page.

This year's schedule:

June 3 -- 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 10 -- The Wannabees

The Wannabees, featuring Nantucket drummer Jason Patterson, play classic rock with a set list from such bands as The Beatles, Three Dog Night, Grand Funk and The Eagles.

June 17 -- Brad Hudson Band

This bluegrass band is led by North Carolina native Brad Hudson, who has been nominated as bass player of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.

June 24 -- Gen X

Eastern North Carolina's premier '90's rock cover band, Gen X covers acts including Matchbox 20, Hootie and The Blowfish, and Collective Soul. The band features four talented musicians and outstanding vocals from Mark Klaich.

July 1 -- Lydia Salett Dudley and Jazz Expressions

Dudley, a jazz pianist and vocalist from Raleigh, will perform with her band.

July 8 -- Kaylin Roberson

Kaylin is a singer, songwriter and pianist/guitarist from Raleigh making an imprint on the country/country pop scene.

July 15 -- The Monitors

The Monitors, from Wilson, have been a Sunday in the Park crowd favorite for 45 years. They perform a wide variety of music from early jazz to R&B and get audience participation for the Electric Slide and other dances.

July 22 -- Built for Comfort

Thiis Blues/Rock/Americana band is based in Greenville and includes longtime area musicians Landy Spain on guitar and vacals; Joe Tronto on drums; Bill Hunneke on harmonica and vocals; Rex Gass on bass guitar and vocals; and Johnny Cuthrell on keyboards and vocals.

July 29 -- Songs from the Road Band

This North Carolina based bluegrass/jazz/Americana supergroup features Greenville native and Grammy Award winner Charles R. Humphrey III and two-time National Fiddle Player of the Year James Schlender. The outstanding musicians perform original material from their four studio albums and creative covers.

Aug. 5 -- Brice Street

Legendary North Carolina rock band Brice Street has long been a Greenville favorite, performing at local clubs like the late-great Attic. Now in its 40th year with three of its founding members, the band continues to play songs by Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Steely Dan and The Beach Boys.

Aug. 12 -- The Castaways

The Carolinas Beach Music Hall of Fame members have been performing their brand of Beach, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll for generations of fans. The 8-member party band puts on a high-energy show with its live horn section and versatile vocalists.

Aug. 19 -- Heartbreaker

This band pays tribute to classic rock legends Heart and Led Zeppelin, with two female singers.

Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, is a former staff writer for The Daily Reflector, where she was editor of Her... magazine and Greenville: Life in the East and several other niche publications. Email her at