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Blackwater Band closing out Rockingham's Plaza Jam series

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There is bound to be dancing at Cole Plaza on Thursday as the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band closes out the 2019 Plaza Jam season. There is bound to be dancing at Cole Plaza on Thursday as the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band closes out the 2019 Plaza Jam season. William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — All good things must come to an end.

Thursday marks the final night in the 2019 Plaza Jam summer concert series, with the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues band taking the stage in Cole Plaza.

This will be the Clarkton-based group’s third consecutive year at Plaza Jam, having performed in 2017 and 2018, according to city Events Coordinator Kim Williams.

The band also played Hoptoberfest in 2017.

The band’s members share multiple musical duties on vocals and playing instruments, with a set list comprised of blues, funk, Top 40 and country.

Looking ahead at the weather report, the band won’t be the only thing that’s hot — the National Weather Service is predicting a high of 97 degrees on Thursday.

But at least there’s no rain in the forecast.

In year’s past, some concerts have been cancelled or cut short due to weather. The Tams’ performance last month had to be rescheduled in caution of Hurricane Dorian.

“We're looking forward to Blackwater closing out the season and are excited to be announcing the 2020 lineup Thursday night,” Williams said.

Just who will make the list?

If one had to venture a guess, it’s extremely likely The Tams will return.

The Atlanta-based band has performed at every Plaza Jam since the event began 16 years ago.

Other crowd favorites include the Embers and Too Much Sylvia.

It’s also possible that The Tonez, whose horn section came out into the crowd during the band’s debut, may be coming back.

Williams is keeping tight-lipped until Thursday.

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.

Williams reminds those planning to attend that smoking is not allowed on the green, a change that was instituted this year.

All shows are free and open to the public and run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.