Summer concert lineup announced

Published 7:04 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Those in search of good music need look no further than downtown Smithfield this summer. 

The Smithfield Summer concert series offers bluegrass, oldies, Motown and even a night of pirate fun.

Now in its 32nd year, the free concerts are held each Friday, 8 p.m. at The Smithfield Times gazebo stage at 228 Main St. Concert-goers can bring a chair for additional comfort. 

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The series kicks off May 18 with the Smithfield High School spring concert. That event is held in the Smithfield High School auditorium from 7-9 p.m.

The downtown concerts begin with hometown favorite, Forte, Friday, May 25. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

Following is this year’s schedule for the 8 p.m. downtown performances (unless otherwise noted):

May 25 — Forte, Smithfield’s well-known jazz band opens the Summer Concert Series 

June 1 — Gospel Night with Sons of the Spirit, Main Street Baptist, Trinity United Methodist Church and Smithfield Baptist Church. 

June 8 — Pirate Night, a night of fun just for kids beginning at 7 p.m.

June 15 — Bobby Blackhat Blues performs the best in blues right here in Smithfield.

June 22 — York River Band provides an annual patriotic tribute in anticipation of the Fourth of July.

June 29 —Rhondels, Hampton Roads’ favorite oldies and beach music band kicks-off Smithfield Olden Days festival at 7:30 p.m.

July 6 — Thunder Creek, David Joyner’s bluegrass and country band is back together.

July 13 — Nu-Blu Mountain Sounds from North Carolina brings its bluegrass sound to Smithfield.

July 20 — Williamsburg Swing Band, Dru Stowe recreates the big band sound. 

July 27 — Kim Persons/Lana Pucket are a country Americana duo. 

Aug. 3 — Sounds of Motown relives the days of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more.

Aug. 10 — Angela Easterling ballads mixes country, folk and alternative for a unique sound.

Aug. 17 — Military band unit requested 

Aug. 24 — Chisman Creek Band Americana blends traditional and contemporary bluegrass, rock and modern hits.

Aug. 31 —Clay & Nancy Griffin’s country combo is a local favorite.  {/mprestriction}