Forte kicks off concert series

Published 6:39 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The annual Summer Concert Series returns this Friday, with the jazz sounds of Forte floating across the downtown area beginning at 7 p.m.

The show precedes the town’s fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., hence its earlier start time. All other concerts start at 8, with the exception of a children-centered performance from a puppeteer and singer on Aug. 27, which also starts at 7.

Here’s the full lineup:

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July 2 — Forte

July 9 — Bobby Blackhat, blues vocalist, harmonica player and songwriter

July 16 — Higher Ground, swing, Latin, jazz and modern big band sounds

July 23 — Wmsburg Swing Band, keeping the Big Band tradition alive

July 30 — Kim Persons and Lana Puckett, country songwriters and balladeers

Aug. 6 — Sounds of Motown

Aug. — 13 Fleet Forces Band Combo, featuring performers from the Navy’s Fleet Forces Band

Aug. 20 — Nu Blu, Americana/mountain music from North Carolina

Aug. 27 — Chris Campbell, puppeteer and singer

Sept. 3 — Griffin Lane, a local favorite performing classic country

Sept. 10 — 70 South, rock and blues

The concerts are co-sponsored by the Isle of Wight Arts League and Town of Smithfield.