ELIZABETHTOWN — With a recent gig in Hope Mills and on Bragg Boulevard, as well as bookings during the Cumberland County Fair next month, the Rivermist Band is a well-known commodity around its hometown of Fayetteville.
But on Thursday, the six-member band — which is reborn after the dismantling of the band known as Fahrenheit — will step outside Cumberland County for a three-hour performance at the Summer Sounds Concert Series in downtown Elizabethtown.
The Rivermist Band is a classic-rock group that will play a wide variety of classics — from Journey to Aerosmith to Boston to ZZ Top. But the group has recently gotten into some blues and country, and there’s also word that the band may wiggle in a few original pieces, as well.
“I really think they will resonate with the community,” said Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve heard from quite a few folks who are looking forward to some classic-rock music.”
Thursday is the third event of the four-concert series, which is brought to the community by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley/Bladen Healthcare — along with a host of gold, silver and bronze sponsors. The concert will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Maynard said she’s heard the band up close and personal, and thinks the community will enjoy it.
“They played at the 38th annual White Lake Water Festival, and people really seemed to like it,” They will play a lot of familiar tunes for a variety of ages.”
She added that it’s been her intention to bring in a variety of music types for this year’s Concert Series, and so far it seems to be working.
“I’ve been very pleased with the crowds for the first two concerts, and hope to get another good crowd Thursday,” Maynard said.
Folks are encouraged to bring their own chairs, and can also bring umbrellas or pop-up tents. No coolers will be allowed.
Lu Mil Vineyard will be selling muscadine wine and slushies. There will also be beer, water, slushies by Sunset Slush and the Chamber will be selling concert T-shirts. In addition, Cape Fear BBQ & Chicken will have a walk-up site at the Farmer’s Market for food items and milkshakes.
Maynard said something many of those who come to the concerts might not know is that there are freebies available.
“Many of the vendors have been giving away free items, so people really need to get around and speak to the vendors,” she said.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.