• The Embers featuring Craig Woolard will perform in either The Singing Grove or American Legion in case of rain.
By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
The Town of Benson once again will bring live music and a chance to sit back and relax this summer.
Seven artists or bands will make their way to Sundown in Downtown offering residents a wide array of entertainment at the Benson Singing Grove on the second Thursday of each month plus a special holiday show in July. In the event of rain, the performance will be in the American Legion building located at 605 N. Wall St. in Benson.
The annual concert series kicks-off Thursday when The Embers featuring Craig Woolard will take the stage.
The first of six celebrations will get under way at 5:30 p.m. when Steve Hardy’s Original Beach Party starts things off.
The Embers are a beach music band that will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Benson Singing Grove.
In addition to the music, there will also be food vendors and other vendors offering res- See Sundown, Page 3
The 2017 Sundown in Downtown kicks off in Benson Thursday featuring The Embers, above. It is the first of six concerts featuring regional artists. All of the shows take place at the Benson Singing Grove. Performance is from 6 to 9 p.m.
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idents their wares according to Benson Area Chamber of Commerce Director Loretta Byrd.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing.
“We invite everyone to bring their lawnchairs for our family reunion,” she said. “We want everyone to come and have a good time at the Grove.”
The music and fellowship are set to continue on June 8 when North Carolina Music Hall of Fame members The Band of Oz brings their song stylings to the Singing Grove.
The variety of entertainment continues in July with two concerts. One on July Fourth featuring Spare Change and on July 13 with Liquid Pleasure.
The Singing Grove will come alive on the birthday of the United States when the band Spare Change helps celebrate the holiday.
The band plays an eclectic mix of music. Their song list includes hits from artists ranging from Alabama to Adele to Queen to John Mellencamp, CCR and Michael Jackson.
Just a week and a half later the Liquid Pleasure Band brings the sounds of beach music, oldies and disco to the Singing Grove.
The Aug. 16 show will feature a variety of music from several genres. Jim Quick and the Coastline Band have toured the south playing what the group bills as Swamp Soul — a mixture of country, blues, Southern rock and jazz.
The entertainment winds down on Sept. 21 during the first night of Mule Days when two acts — including one local daughter — come to the stage and bring Sundown in Downtown to a close and opens the path for Mule Days.
The show gets under way with Tim McGraw imitator Tim Hair. He will be on the stage from 6 to 7 p.m. ahead of Benson native Amanda Daughtry who will round out the show from 7 to 10 p.m.
Miss Daughtry, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., brings her array of music that features current and classic country along with classic rock and mainstream pop. All of that in addition to her own songs.
Admission Is Free
Residents are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for each show. There is no admission charge.