John Charles Robbins Daily Journal Editor
September 5, 2013
Summer may be coming to an end, but the outdoor entertainment continues.
The City of Rockingham’s 2013 Thursday Plaza Jam rolls on with a concert this evening in Cole Plaza.
The popular outdoor concerts are free and staged on the hillside right next to Rockingham City Hall, at 514 Rockingham Road, the first Thursday of each month from May through October. The fun and entertainment continue from about 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
AMVets will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue sandwiches, drinks, etc., for purchase.
Considered by many to be a great family event, Plaza Jam is in its 10th year, said Kim Williams, Events Coordinator for the City of Rockingham.
“Yes, Plaza Jam is on,” said a happy Williams.
After a few postponed concerts this summer due to adverse weather and the threat of wet weather, Williams is pleased to report tonight’s show is ready to go — barring some unexpected turn in the forecast.
Tonight’s music will be performed by a band called Liquid Pleasure.
“Liquid Pleasure was last at Plaza Jam in 2006. They are a great Beach, Top 40, Rock/Variety Band that we look forward to having back in Rockingham,” said Williams.
Liquid Pleasure bills itself as: “Bringing Fun and excitement to people who want to have a great time!”
Kenny Mann is the band’s artistic leader and its manager.
After more than two decades of bringing audiences to their feet, the band has become a multi-cultural icon, according to the band’s website.
The band has never desired to follow the dream path of most bands; that is, being a major recording entity. Sometimes when they are traveling on the road, the guys get in a nostalgic mood, remembering the times past.
“When we were still playing the college circuit heavily, with groups like Hootie and The Blowfish and REM, The Spinners were even scheduled to warm up for us once,” said veteran member Melvin Farrington.
Although, in 1981, when they did record an album, the band immediately focused back on what had been their mainstay from the beginning — the dance and show circuit.
“This is not our last Plaza Jam for the season … next Thursday night, September 12th, Jim Quick & Coastline (rained out in August) will perform, and then our closer in October is Too Much Sylvia on October 3rd,” Williams said.
Sponsors of Plaza Jam include: Dieffenbach, FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company, BB&T, Richmond County Tourism Development Authority, and Farm Bureau Insurance.
— Editor John Charles Robbins can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 13, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.