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PHOTOS: The Tams dance into the night for Rockingham’s Plaza Jam

Mikai Cottle joins his father, "Little Redd," to dance in the crowd during the Tams' Plaza Jam performance on Sept. 7. See more photos below. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Tams frontman Albert “Little Redd” Cottle spent the majority of the band’s performance at Cole Plaza Thursday dancing and singing in the crowd.

This year marks the 20th year of Rockingham’s Plaza Jam summer concert series — and the 20th year the Tams have performed.

Little Redd is the son of Tams co-founder Charles Pope and has been performing with the vocal group since he was 6 years old.

His own son, Mikai Cottle, has been with the group for the past several years and joined him out on the lawn.

In addition to Tams classics “I’ve Been Hurt” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” the set list included tunes from the Temptations and Neil Diamond.

The 14 Karat Gold Band, which backs the Tams, performed a set prior to the group coming to the stage.


Even after the band started packing up, Little Redd continued singing as he was signing autographs for fans at the end of the show.

The North Tower Band is scheduled to play Plaza Jam next Thursday, Sept. 14, to make up for their show that was originally set last month, but called off because of weather.

The Band of Oz will close out the series on Oct. 5.

See more photos of the Tams’ performance below.

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