ROCKINGHAM — With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the United States, Events Coordinator Kim Williams made the decision Tuesday to move back the date of The Tams Plaza Jam performance.
The Tams will stay play on, however. Williams said that the band will now perform just a week later on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Cole Plaza.
“We’re rescheduling due to an 80 percent chance of rain,” said Williams. “The Tams are always great to work with. Fingers crossed that we have good weather next Thursday.”
The Atlanta-based group was founded in 1960 and had several top 10 hits. They have been honored with two gold records and several awards and were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, according to their website.
Leading the group once again this year is Albert “Little Redd” Cottle, son of original member Charles Pope, who has been performing since he was 6 years old.
The Tams’ backing band, the 14 Karat Gold Band, will kick things off with a 30-minute set before the group members hit the stage donning their namesake tam o’shanters and performing their hit songs including “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” “I’ve Been Hurt,” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.”
The Tams have played at every Plaza Jam since it started 16 years ago, according to Williams, including the day after his birthday in 2016.
Each year when the group comes to town, Redd does a mid-air split jumping from the stage and walks through the audience and along the brick wall of Cole Plaza.
Another show-stopping performance from Redd and the rest of The Tams can be expected this year, as well, according to Williams.
This will be the fifth installment of the free summer concert series for 2019. The show runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The series will wrap up this year on Oct. 3 with the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, set to play in the same time slot.