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PHOTOS: Jonathan Robinson belts the blues at Hamlet’s Boxcar Concert Series

Jonathan Robinson plays a solo at Main Street Park for the Boxcar Concert Series. See more photos below the story. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

HAMLET — Local guitarslinger Jonathan Robinson laid down lead licks Friday evening for the Seaboard City’s second installment of the Boxcar Concert Series for 2023.

Robinson, a Hamlet native, was joined by bandmates Joe Felice on bass and Rob Dufresne on drums underneath the picnic shelter at Main Street Park. Robinson’s former drummer John Martin, also from Hamlet, sat in on a cover of “Crossroads” — a rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues” made famous by British power trio Cream — with Dufresne on harmonica.

The two set show featured a mix of blues and rock classics, with Robinson and Felice switching off on vocals.

The band performed in the summer music series last year.

Click here to see photos from that show.

Robinson released a four-song EP in 2018 and has since recorded several other original tunes.

Click here to read about the 2018 album.

The Boxcar Concert Series kicked off in May with the Safety Committee.

Click here to see photos from that show.

The Boxcar Concert series features a variety of music this year including blues, gospel and country. Other scheduled acts are:

2nd Chance Ministries – June 23
The Radio – Sept. 22
Erik Hawks – Oct. 27

Hawks, a Rockingham native, was recently nominated for Male Performer of the Year in the 8th annual Carolina Country Music Awards.

Click here to read more about Hawks.


Hawks, who now lives in Fayetteville, has performed quite a bit locally lately. He has had several solo gigs at Hudson Brothers Deli — including a recent show with Robinson — and opened for Bucky Covington last month at SpringFest in Rockingham. He also played at Rockingham Dragway earlier this week during the Business after 5 event and will return to the track with his full band June 9 for the Civil Wars racing event.

Click here to see photos from SpringFest.

Click here to see photos from Business After 5 at Rockingham Dragway.

See more photos of the Jonathan Robinson Band below.

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