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2014 Calendar of Upcoming Events...
June 12 — The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
While there are many bands around, very few are considered musical institutions. The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades. Founder, drummer and group leader Bobby Tomlinson, joined by Craig Woolard, and a stellar group of musicians, still performs with the Embers.
Event Sponsor: Pride of Kinston Board of Directors
June 19 — NC Symphony on the River
The North Carolina Symphony, founded by a group of avid musicians in 1932. In 1945 the orchestra became the first state-supported symphony in the country. Its mission, with 175 performances a year in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings, is to bring music to the state’s citizens. The June 19 performance is the first appearance on a Sand in the Streets stage.
Note: This concert opens at 7:00 pm.
June 26 — Mikele Buck Band
The Mikele Buck Band is an Eastern North Carolina based band founded in 2003 by lead singer/songwriter Mikele Buck. Born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, Mikele is a military veteran and father of two children. He describes the band as a Country/Country Rock band which has shared the stage with such nationally renown acts as Aaron Tippin, Joe Nichols, Jeff Bates, Trent Tomlinson and most recently Jason Aldean. The band is based in Greenville, NC.
Event Sponsor: The Boiler Room/Oyster Bar
July 4 — Pizazz
This is a band for all seasons. The show might start with The Electric Slide, end with “Lips of an Angel, with “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” in the middle. High energy performance and a wide variety in song selection make up the Pizzaz Band. The co-leaders have but one requirement for their music: you have to be able to dance to it. A fireworks show, launched across the Neuse River, ends this Independence Day performance.
Event Sponsors: Parks & Recreation / Spirit AeroSystems / R.A.Jeffreys Distributing Company
July 17 — Emily Minor
“My favorite place is to be on the road. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing familiar faces in the crowd singing your songs with you,” she says.
Born in Wilmington, NC but calling Nashville, TN as her home today, Emily Minor is fresh new face of country music. With her back up band, she offers a lively collection of convincing stories, undeniable emotions and astounding vocals that is as honest and lovable as Emily herself.
Event Sponsor: Corporate Resources
July 31 — Roman Sams
These are the new kids on the block, been together for less than two years. But in the meantime this group of five mostly local artists who met in northern Lenoir County, on a ship and at a birthday party to discover a shared passion for singing in eastern North Carolina, has earned a huge following generated by enthusiastic crowds flocking on weekends to Kinston’s Red Room. The leads are Roman Jasper David, Samantha Holland along with Sammy Zouari, Dave Brown and Craig Harrison. They have a wide variety of music genres: rock, country, and funk to name a few.
Event Sponsor: Corporate Resources
Aug. 14 — Four Knights Band
Starting with four musicians and now claiming six talents, Four Knights Band offers a wide range of styles including R&B, Motown, Oldies and beach music. Inspired by early R&B legends of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, the Four Knights Band is the “house band” for Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi, delivering authentic, polished soul sound. Leader Harold Smith and his band of talented musicians have wowed audiences throughout the South.
The Four Knights Band concert will be Pepsi Night courtesy of Jeff Minges and the Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi.
Event Sponsor: Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi
Aug. 28 — Band of Oz
This crowd popular ensemble continues the tradition of concluding a Sand in the Streets season. A group of youngsters got together in 1967 playing frat parties and high school proms all over the South. Today the Band of Oz, with its beach music flavor, featuring a full horn section, takes its music to more than 200 venues each year all over the region.
Event Sponsor: Bojangles/Tands. Inc.
Dec. 2 Lighting the Community Christmas Tree
6:00pm - Lenoir County Courthouse
Dec. 13, 10:00 am Annual Christmas Parade
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