Alive After 5 returns on Thursday

By Terri Ferguson Smith -

LUMBERTON — The city’s spring-summer concert series, Alive After 5, returns on Thursday.

Jim Quick and Coastline is the first in the series of seven free concerts scheduled throughout May and June that are held on Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 the downtown plaza located at the corner of Third and Chestnut streets.

The Wilmington band specializes in playing soul and blues music.

Alive After 5 is in its 12th year, according to Connie Russ, downtown development coordinator for the city.

“The main purpose is to get people downtown after closing hours,” Russ said. “After the concerts, a lot of people get together with their friends and they go out to restaurants and eat and have a few drinks. The whole city has benefited from it.”

Beach music, rock, rhythm and blues, and pop music of the ’50s and ’60s, as well as contemporary hits entertain the crowds, which average about 1,200 people.

“People really want something that they can sit back and relax, listen to the music and socialize with their friends,” Russ said.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs, but no coolers because the concerts also serve as a fundraiser. Beer and wine sales will be available through Rediscover Downtown Lumberton, a nonprofit which uses proceeds to help support its mission of attracting more businesses and visitors to downtown.

There will also be a food for sale.

“The community has really supported it and we get people from all over to come to this event,” Russ said.

Other performers and their dates are: May 18, The Fantastic Shakers; May 25, Carolina Soul; June 1, Band of Oz; June 8, Punch; June 15. Sand Band; and June 22, Hip Pocket.

There is no a concert scheduled for May 11 because of a scheduling conflict with the United Way of Robeson County’s Lip Sync Battle.

By Terri Ferguson Smith

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.

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