ROCKINGHAM — As the days of summer are quickly coming to an end, the Summerdaze Band will take the stage tonight in the fourth installment of the city’s 2016 Plaza Jam series.
Plaza Jam coordinator Kim Williams said this is the first year the band has performed in Rockingham as part of the series and will arrive around 2 p.m.
“I try to get one or two new ones each year,” said Williams. “They were on the list of requested bands. We’re just hoping the weather holds out.”
According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected between 2 and 9 p.m. tonight.
The Tega Bay, South Carolina-based band was created in the summer of 2004 by Mitch Simpson and has eight vocalists — including a three-piece horn section — that plays Top 40 dance and party music, according to the band’s website.
Summerdaze Band covers songs from contemporary artists such as Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Black Eyed Peas to disco music from KC and the Sunshine Band and ABBA to rock from the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd to country from artists like Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney and beach music from Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys and the Drifters.
The band consists of Simpson, George Mattison, Brandon Keller, Rick Cutshaw, Ron Henderson and new members Stacy Danner on vocals, Todd Wright on bass and vocals and Tara Kelly on trumpet and vocals.
Summerdaze will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and admission is free.
The Plaza Jam series, now in its 13th year, features performances at Cole Plaza the first Thursday night of each month from May to October.
Beach music legends the Band of Oz will perform Thursday, Sept. 1.
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