LUMBERTON – Variety group Rivermist will kick off the Alive After 5 concert series on Thursday, two years after the last concert series.
This year’s series will feature two performances in Lumberton Town Center Square, where Rivermist will perform on the Southeastern Health Stage. Show time on Thursday is 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Formed in July 2014 in Fayetteville, Rivermist is a collaboration of musicians who have been performing in and around the Fayetteville region for over 40 years. The band‘s lineup includes Greg Adair on drums and backing vocals, Tony Harrison on bass guitar, Doug Bass and Allen Pier on vocals and keyboard, and Cliff Bender, lead guitarist.
The group was once known for covering classic rock, but has since expanded their musical repertoire to include R&B and party music that people can dance to. Attendees can expect to hear covers of songs by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Earth Wind & Fire, Adair said.
“We have streaks that go from Bruno to Kool and the Gang to Rapper’s Delight to Big & Rich,” Adair said. “There are several songs tied together and they can be 11, 15, 13 minutes long throughout the entire streak, and you will see people getting up two or three times and dancing during that streak.”
The group will also feature original music, such as their new song, “Black Creek”.
“We are really looking forward to seeing how this one is received,” said Adair.
Ultimately, the group’s goal is to get the crowd moving.
“People want something to dance on. They want something to sing about, but mostly they want something to dance to. That’s why they’re going there, ”Adair said.
The musician said he believes the concert is essential for the residents of Lumberton.
“Every show we have, the place is packed. They are trying to come out and enjoy it and I expect no less from Lumberton. I know they are ready to go out and take care of their grove, ”Adair said.
In addition to music, the concert series will feature a variety of food vendors this year. Food trucks Poblanos Tacos and Lyck Yuh Finga will park and sell a variety of Hispanic and Caribbean dishes. Alamo Snow will offer frozen treats and Top That Dessert Bar will offer specialty desserts.
No alcoholic beverages will be sold at this year’s event, making it a more “family-friendly” event, said Connie Russ, downtown city coordinator. Individuals can still enjoy beers and wine drinks, while supporting local businesses, stopping at Adelio Restaurant or Happenings on Elm before the show.
Hip Pocket will be the next group to join the musical scrum on June 17th. Hip Pocket is a cover band that performs old and new songs of all genres. The band’s tracklist includes “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Barry White and “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5.
True Value Hardware and Hurricane Express will be the stage sponsors.
Tomeka Sinclair can be contacted at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.