Summer Sounds Concert Series closes out on high note

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The second annual Summer Sounds Concert Series came to a rousing close Thursday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, and the finale couldn’t have been any more spectacular.

Blackwater Rhythm & Blues — the Clarkton-based band that specializes in beach music, blues and funk — entertained the estimated throng of 700-plus fans that stuffed the downtown Elizabethtown venue with a high-energy performance that featured several of the band’s well-known dance hits.

There were also a number of other hits known to those familiar with the shagging scene along the Carolina coast.

Songs like “Under the Boardwalk,” Shake Your Booty,” “Lady Soul,” “Stayin’ With Me,” “Summertime,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Sandy Beaches,” “Wagon Wheel,” “Stand By Me,” “Green Grass,” “Brickhouse,” “Carolina Girls” and “Uptown Funk” brought the dancers of all ages to the front for couples dancing and line-dancing groups. But it was the Michael Jackson medley that included “Billie Jean” and “Ill Be There,” along with the band’s famous original “Dance Tonight” that really got the crowd pumped up.

“I like beach music and the Blackwater band,” said Jane Priest of Elizabethtown. “And it’s really nice that it’s not as hot as it has been.”

Johnny Lewis of Clarkton said he’s a beach music fan, too, and enjoys coming out for the Summer Series concerts. His wife Wanda said it didn’t matter what band came.

“It’s just important to come out and support the events,” she said. “I’m a MoTown fan, but enjoy beach music too.”

Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Chamber, said it was a bitter-sweet night for the Concert Series.

“Sweet because these folks have been waiting all summer for this band,” she said. “And bitter because it’s the end of the Concert Series for the summer.”

Although the bands for the 2017 Concert Series are yet to be signed, Maynard said there’s one band she hopes to pencil in right away.

“I would love to close out every Concert Series with this band,” she said. “People really enjoy these guys.”

Fred Cook, a saxophonist with Blackwater Rhythm & Blues, said the Farmer’s Market venue is a favorite date for the band.

“This is home for us,” he said. “It’s our people. We love coming here and look forward to it.”

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent

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