The 2019 season of Lincolnton’s Alive After Five concert series begins Thursday with the Catalinas, who haven’t played at an Alive After Five concert for several years. The bands making appearances throughout the summer will be hometown favorites who have played in Lincolnton in the past, with one new addition.
“A lot of people think of these groups as beach bands, but they play a variety of beach, country and top 40,” said Steve Valentine, who lined up the bands this year. “They’re popular because a lot of the band members are local. They play music from back in the 1960s to the present. Many of them are in the North Carolina or Beach Music Hall of Fame. They’re geared towards the crowd that they’re playing for and play what the people want to hear. It’s music you can sing to, tap your feet to and of course dance to.”
The new band to Lincolnton this year is Too Much Sylvia, who will play on June 27.
“Too Much Sylvia has a lot of top hits,” Valentine said. “They’re really hot right now.”
On July 25, Jim Quick & the Coastlines return with their unique blend of “Swamp Soul.” On Aug. 29, the Entertainers, a popular local band coming up on their 40th anniversary, will play. The last concert will be on Sept. 12 featuring the Band of Oz, an exciting eight-member group including a full horn section.
The concerts are free to attend but between hiring the bands, putting up and taking down the stage and other expenditures, they are costly to put on. The costs are borne by sponsors that the Downtown Development Association lines up for the season.
“In the past, we got one sponsor per band and after that event was over, we’d promote the next sponsor,” organizer Tommy Huskey said. “This year we have nine sponsors and they are actually paying less money and they sponsor all five events. The sponsors for this season are Abernethy Chrysler, Carolina Trust Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, Discount Kitchens Direct, City of Lincolnton, Owl’s Nest, People’s Bank, Southern Charm Winery, Standard Distribution and Watson Insurance.”
Streets in the first two blocks of East Main Street behind the courthouse will be shut down beginning at 4 p.m. DJ John Barkley will entertain concert goers from 6-7 p.m., when the slated group will begin playing. They’ll play until 10 p.m., taking periodic breaks between sets. Vendors will be set up serving food and beverages and the Downtown Development Association will have a beer garden.
There’s no entry fee for the cruise-in and cars can be old or new. The rain location is the Lincoln County Farmer’s Market. For more information, contact the Downtown Development Association at (704) 900-9659 or via their Facebook page.