ROCKINGHAM — The days are getting longer and warmer, signaling that the Thursday Plaza Jam summer concert series is not far off.
This year’s lineup sees a few familiar faces gracing the stage.
The Tonez, an eight-piece band — with seven of the members as vocalists — kick off the series in Cole Plaza on May 2.
According to the band’s website, the group features a horn section and a three-time Cammy-nominated core playing a combination of oldies, country, beach, R&B, funk and rock music.
Too Much Sylvia, which recently performed at the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Celebration, returns to Rockingham on June 6.
Independence Day celebrations get started a day early as beach music legends the Embers featuring Craig Woolard make the trip back July 3. Rockingham Events Coordinator Kim Williams said the concert will be on Wednesday so it won’t interfere with other Fourth of July festivities around the county,
North Tower Band, a group that has been touring the South for four decades, takes the stage Aug. 1; The Tams, led by “Little Redd,” perform Sept. 5; and the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band closes out the season Oct. 3.
The Tams have performed at every Plaza Jam since it began 16 years ago — including once on Little Redd’s birthday — according Williams.
This is the first year for both The Tonez and North Tower, she added.
Up the hill in the parking lot of Leath Memorial Library, food will be provided by AMVETS Post 316 and Twisted Treats will be serving up frozen confections to cool down from the summer heat. All the proceeds from Twisted Treats are donated back to Our Daily Bread and the city will be collecting cans of food for the local charity.
A major change for this year is that smoking will not be allowed on the plaza green, due to complaints last season.
All shows are free and open to the public and run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.