2016 Downtown Concert Series

Presented by
Pride of Kinston, Inc.

Sand in the Streets

June 9 - The Entertainers

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. The 2016 performance will be something of a "make up" show. The 2015 performance was rained out.


June 23 - Legacy Motown Revue


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 past.it's The Legacy! This performance will mark the Legacy Motown Revue's first performance on a Sand in the Streets stage.


July 4 - Pizazz

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. The 2016 performance will mark the 3rd time Pizazz has climbed into a Sand in the Streets stage.


Concert hours: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Fireworks to follow.

July 14 - Jim Quick and the Coastline Band

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." The 2016 concert marks another "make up" show: the 2015 program was rained out. However, Quick has been on a Sand in the Streets stage twice before: 2006 and 2011.


July 28 - Mikele Buck

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, testing his own songs out on friends and family. 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 grew, soon the members were opening up for big acts such as Jason Aldean and Joe Nichols. Mikele and his band were soon drawing record crowds of their own. His latest iTunes release has been pouring through car speakers all over the east coast, with crowd favorite 'Sweet Carolina.." at the top.

Mikele Buck Facebook Page

August 11 - Too Much Sylvia

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. Their 2015 show was huge.


August 25 - Pepsi Night Featuring The Band of Oz

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 for corporate events, festivals, concerts, wedding receptions, and many other public and private events.

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.


United Way Fall Campaign Kickoff Night ~ Event Sponsor: First Citizens Bank


For more information call: Adrian King 252-522-8003

To listen to the sample music clips, please visit the respective bands' web sites, as linked. Most have lots of good information and samples of the bands in concert.

Updated 3/1/2016


Pride of Kinston

2016 Sand in the Streets

Free to the Public! The music starts at 6:00pm.

Join us at from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Pearson Park.

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Lenoir Memorial Hospital

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