LUMBERTON — Music enthusiast Evi Locklear spoke for hundreds of people who gathered in downtown Lumberton on Thursday night.
“It was time for Lumberton to have a party,” she said.
This season’s first Alive After 5 concert brought out a large crowd, young and old, to hear the soulful music by Jim Quick and Coastline. The concerts will continue each Thursday through June from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the plaza, located at Third Avenue and Chestnut Street. The exception is an off week on May 11.
Locklear was digging listening to the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
“I’ve been coming to Alive After 5 every so often for the past two years so I thought I would check it out again this year, especially after Hurricane Matthew,” Locklear said. “I wanted to see how the city of Lumberton was doing.”
Lena Bruce, who brought her 5-year-old granddaughter Emma to the plaza, said it was fun to hear the music and watch line dancers. Bruce said she wasn’t dancing, but joked that she might wiggle.
“I love beach music and I listen to it a lot,” Bruce said. “I always try to come every year. I think people love it, getting together and listening to the music.”
Corey James said he was attending for the first time in a couple of years.
“It just brings back a nostalgic feeling for the old music that my grandfather and grandmother used to listen to,” James said.”
Beer, wine and food can be bought at the series’ concerts. Thursday was the first time to sell food at the event for Big Boy’s Kitchen Catering. Betty Clark said the Pembroke-based business was serving rib-eye with peppers and onions, and pork chop sandwiches. They will be at all of the concerts this year — and, like the music, will provide variety.
“Every time we come we want to provide a different variety of foods,” Clark said.
Alive After 5 is a good way to bring people downtown, she said.
“A lot of people have come out,” Clark said, noting that although there were a few drops of rain earlier in the evening, it ended and people came our.
The concert series will continue on May 18 when the The Fantastic Shakers perform. Other scheduled performers are: Carolina Soul, May 25; Band of Oz, June 1; Punch, June 8; Sand Band, June 15; and Hip Pocket, June 22.
People attending the Alive After 5 concerts are encouraged to bring their own chairs, but no coolers because the concerts also serve as a fundraiser. Beer and wine is available through Rediscover Downtown Lumberton, a nonprofit that uses proceeds to help support its mission of attracting more businesses and visitors to downtown.
Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.