2014 Downtown Concert Series

Presented by
Pride of Kinston, Inc.

Sand in the Streets

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.

Listen to a sample of the Embers on CDBaby.com

Event Sponsor: Pride of Kinston Board of Directors
Celebrating 30 Years of Service to Kinston

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.

Listen to samples of The Mikele Buck Band on reverbnation.com

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.

Visit the Pizazz band website for more info and sample music

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.

Listen to a sample of Emily's music on iTunes

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.

Watch the Roman Sams on YouTube

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.

Visit the Four Knights Band page on Reverbnation. Sample music available.

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.

Visit the Band of Oz web site. Sample music available.

Event Sponsor: Bojangles/Tands. Inc.
United Way Kick Off


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 5/21/2014


Pride of Kinston

2014 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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Sponsored by...

Pride of Kinston

Minges Bottling Group

R. A. Jeffreys

Realo Phramacy

Spirit AeroSystems

Lenoir Memorial Hospital

Myrtilla Brody

Corporate Resources

Perry Management

Brody Brothers

Carl Younger

CDS Networks

Dr. Charles & Marion Classen

Christopher's Restaurant

Duke Energy

Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center

Dr. June Rose

Kendall Hill

Dr. Courtney Mitchell

Dr. Rupert & Frances Jilcott

Select Food Service

Stephen B. Hill

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