May 10th, 2016


Sand in the Streets

Pride of Kinston announces the 11th season of summer-long concerts today with several new bands for the Pearson Park stage plus several performing groups who are no stranger to Kinston audiences.

When single shows in the summers of 2004 and 2005 are added in, 2016 marks 13 years of summer outdoor concerts sponsored by Pride of Kinston, the downtown revitalization agency.

Included in this year's lineup are two bands which were rained out in 2015 with hopes that they will get to play the full set in 2016: the Entertainers and Jim Quick and his Coastline Band.

"Thanks to our valued and reliable sponsors, this year's schedule offers music to satisfy the taste of nearly every Sand in the Streets' fan," according to Pride in announcing the lineup.

As in the past, concerts will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm every concert night except for the July 4 event when the show runs until 9:00 pm when fireworks light the sky to celebrate Independence Day.

Beverages and eats will be available at the park during each concert.

Season sponsors include: Bojangles, Tands Inc.; Spirit AeroSystems; Minges Botttling Group/Pepsi; Realo Discount Drugs; Senior Sponsors include: King's Restaurant, Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Strickland, Agner & Associates; and Event Sponsors include Corporate Resources, Copy Pro, First Citizens Bank and Perry Management. Other sponsors include Dwight Howard, Duke Energy & CDS.

Media sponsors include Tutt Media Group, Fairway Outdoor Advertising & Beasley Media Group/107.9 WNCT.

The line up follows:


The Entertainers have been entertaining southern audiences since 1980 with a unique sound coupled with high-energy choreography, concert lighting effects and quality wardrobe design. With songs such as "Living for the Summer," " Don't Let Your Love Grow Old," and the latest "The Inside Story," with "Thank Goodness She Cheated," this group of seven talented musicians have soared to the top of anybody's list on the East Coast who loves beach music.

Event Sponsor: Copy Pro


The Legacy Motown Revue was created by leader and pianist Stan Stigall as a tribute to Bill Pinckney's Original Drifters and the influence The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire, the Temptations and many more. With a six-piece horn band setting the pace, audiences are transported back to one of the most influential periods of American Musical History. Soul music is not just about our's The Legacy! This performance will mark the Legacy Motown Revue's first performance on a Sand in the Streets stage.


New Citizens Night acknowledging those who became new US citizens earlier in the day.

Kent Zimmerman who heads Pizazz tells people "If you can't dance to it, then we don't play it." Known for high energy and an electric sound, the band thrives on motown, music from the 1950's, top 40 hits and classic beach music. Based in Roxboro, the band, formed 22 years ago, plays an average of 78 gigs a year, all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Major event sponsor: Bojangles/Tands, Inc.


Jim Quick, who yearned for attention at an early age, finally got his wish and a platform for his yearning to entertain at age 14 when he took a job as a DJ at a small radio station in southeastern North Carolina. It was here he began to learn about the entertainment business and to create the stage character for which he is known. For 15 years, Jim Quick has toured all over the south becoming the face of the Coastline Band and sharing a special blend of Country, Blues, Soul, Southern Rock and Jazz with his special knack for connecting with his audiences now called "Coastline Crazies." Quick has been on a Sand in the Streets stage twice before: 2006 and 2011.

Event Sponsor: Perry Management


Red Cross Recognition Night

Mikele Buck was born in the hills of West Virginia, in a family steeped in the traditional music of the Appalachians. Playing drums in rock bands for most of his high school days, Mikele bought his first guitar after graduation and started writing songs and playing local taverns and bars and around bonfire parties. His songs are a blend of all his musical influences, like Steve Earle, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt and Red Dirt Artist like Randy Rodgers Band and Reckless Kelly. After returning from the Iraq war in 2005 Mikele went to Nashville and recorded his first CD and put his first band together near Greenville, NC. The band's popularity soon grew drawing record crowds. His latest iTunes release has been pouring through car speakers all over the east coast, with crowd favorite 'Sweet Carolina.." at the top.

Event Sponsor: Corporate Resources


A band called "Too Much Sylvia" simply begs you to ask: "Who is Sylvia?"

It was the name that performers Rick Lee, Steve Long, Eddy Howe and Don Leonard latched onto when they realized that during the 1980's - when they were playing for different bands - they all had dated a girl named Sylvia. It was too much to let it go. They've been performing together since 1991, belting out songs linked to the Supremes, ZZ Topp, Boy George, or the Jersey Boys. Sometimes, to add authenticity to the music, they are known to dress up in fashions of those days. Too Much Sylvia produces a rollicking, foot tapping, soul stirring performance which has audiences begging for more when the lights go down. The 2016 show marks the second "act" on a Sand in the Streets stage.

Event Sponsor: The Boiler Room


United Way Campaign kick off night

Final concert of the 2016 season

The Band of Oz was formed in 1967 when a group of schoolmates in Pitt County, NC got together to start playing for fraternity parties and high school proms all over the South. Ten years later the band went on the road full time. Since that time the band has made an exceptional name for itself throughout the Southeast by playing the top clubs and corporate parties, and getting excellent reviews along the way. For several years the group has been a guest on most of the major beach concerts in the Carolinas, Virginia. The band now features a full horn section in its dynamic eight-member group. They still perform well over two-hundred shows per year.

Performing on a Sand in the Streets stage has become tradition. The 2016 performance will mark the 10th appearance in the concert series and has become the "closer" band for the summer series since 2008.

Event Sponsor: First Citizens Bank

January 26th, 2016


Downtown Kinston Small Business Incubator offers spaces for lease with shared receptionist and lobby.

Call 252-525-6144.

Enticing new investors

Pride of Kinston is ramping up its efforts to attract new investors to the downtown business district.317 - 321 N. Queen Street

A growing campaign to highlight properties available for lease or purchase details information about each under the Invest in Downtown site on Pride’s website.

A project of Pride’s Economic and Property Development committee headed by Stuart Lindley, buildings deemed to be in good condition and available for immediate use are candidates for the enlarged promotional effort.

The current listing includes:
109 S. Queen Street
317 N. Queen Street
311 N. Queen Street


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