The City of Greenville’s 46th annual Sunday in the Park concert series kicked off last Sunday at the Greenville Toyota Amphitheatre on the Town Commons, and the free series will continue this Sunday at the same time.
The summer concert series began on June 2 with the Tar River Community Band and will conclude on Aug. 25 with The Main Event Band, according to the concert series Facebook page.
The series features various genres of music on Sunday nights beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Residents of the Greenville community are invited to come out, bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music by the river, the Sunday series website said. The Tar River Community Band kicked off the series last Sunday.
“We are citizens of Pitt County and surrounding areas who enjoy the challenge of making music for others in our community. We play a wide variety of music including marches, show tunes, jazz, swing, classical representing all levels of difficulty,” The Tar River Community Band’s website said.
The Emerald City Big Band will continue the series this upcoming Sunday. East Coast Rhythm and Blues Band will perform the following Sunday on June 16, according to the series website.
The East Coast Rhythm and Blues Band plays beach music, Motown and Top 40 hits, according to Jan Raines, one of the band’s lead singers and a trumpet player.
There are nine members. Rex Jones does lead vocals, Kim Jones does lead vocals and plays the trombone and Terry Eason is the lead guitarist, according to Raines.
The band was formed in 2009 by band member Rex Jones. Based out of Spring Hope, North Carolina, the group has played in Greenville before, but this will be the first time they will play at the amphitheater and as apart of the City of Greenville’s Sunday in the Park series, Raines said.
“I’m hoping that we will bring out a great crowd. We love to put on a great show and entertain the audience,” Raines said.
Crystal Hildenbrand, a resident of Greenville and ECU alumna, said she and her family have attended many of the City of Greenville’s Sunday in the Park’s concerts in previous years, and they try to make it a habit to go to every show.
Hildenbrand said she usually attends the Sunday concerts with her mom, sister, nephews and occasionally will bring a couple of friends along.
“We love it. At the end of the week, we always will go out to Sunday in the Park. That’s how we end our weekend. We bring our chairs and blankets and let our kids play on the playground,” Hildenbrand said.
According to Hildenbrand, she and her family will either bring their own food and snacks, or get food from the various vendors which are on site. Kona Ice is one of the popular vendors, Hildenbrand said.
Hildenbrand said the concert series is the perfect outing for anyone, whether it be young people, older people, or people with families who can bring their children to play on the playground while they enjoy the live music.
“It’s (the concert series) free, and it is an awesome event that the community offers. Get out there and meet your neighbors and hang out with people,” Hildenbrand said.
Tori Letteriello, a resident of Greenville, said she enjoys attending the Sunday concerts and usually attends with a friend or alone.
Letteriello said the concert series is great free entertainment and last year she would try to attend each concert to enjoy the music and be active in the community.
“I enjoy going to the concerts they have at Town Common, whether I’m a fan of the band or not. It’s an enjoyable way to spend your evening. I think it’s a great way to get outside and meet people. And there’s always yummy vendors,” Letteriello said.
For more information on the City of Greenville’s Sunday in the Park concert series, visit the series’ Facebook page, or call (252)-329-4698