2017 Downtown Concert Series

Presented by
Pride of Kinston, Inc.

Sand in the Streets

June 8 - Spare Change

Spare Change got its start in 2002 when a group of friends got together to make music. They traveled throughout the Southeast and became one of the most sought after bands in the market. They energize every function with their diverse selection of music. When Spare Change climbs onto the 2015 Sand in the Streets stage, it will mark the seventh time that the band has appeared in the concert series.

June 22 - The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band

The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Bandis dedicated to the live performance of Beach Music, along with Blues and Funk. With our band members diverse backgrounds, we guarantee our patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

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.


July 20 - Super Grit Cowboy Band

Super Grit Cowboy Band was formed in 1974 by Clyde Mattocks and a group of like-minded musicians. They quickly became a favorite country music band entertaining crowds all over country and beyond. The band has also recorded a number of record-winning albums, sometimes under it own label. When Super Grit enters the 2015 Sand in the Streets stage, it will make the 5th appearance in the concert series.


August 24 - Roman Sams Band

The Roman Sams Band has a following with enthusiastic crowds flocking to see them. The leads are Roman Jasper David, Samantha Holland along with Sammy Zouari, Dave Brown and Craig Harrison, who all met in Lenoir County. They have a wide variety of music genres: rock, country, and funk to name a few.

August 31 - The Band of Oz

Final concert of the 2017 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.


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 4/7/2017


Pride of Kinston

2017 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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