Downtown Beats & Eats continues to bring the music in October

By Janelle Clevinger

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The fifth anniversary of Downtown Beats & Eats music series continues in October with another round of phenomenal bands, food trucks and specialty beverages.

The Saturday, Oct. 6, concert will showcase the music of local favorites Balter Brothers from Rocky Mount and Signal Fire from Wilmington.

“We’re excited to have Signal Fire returning this year,” said Will Robl, Downtown Beats & Eats committee chairman. “Out of all of the bands that participated in last year’s series, they were one of the bands that we got the most positive feedback about. Pairing them up with the high-energy vibe of Balter Brothers should make for a great day of music.”

Signal Fire recently completed a tour which promoted their album “Lift Up,” the band’s sophomore release. The album’s uplifting music and message earned itself a No. 1 debut on the iTunes reggae charts and No. 8 on the Billboard reggae charts.

Wilson band Plywood Smile kicks off the Oct. 20 concert, followed by Greg Humphreys Electric Trio which hails from New York City.

“We’re excited to be able to introduce the young talent of Plywood Smile to a larger Wilson audience,” Robl said.

“They participated in the 2017 Wilson Idol Talent Competition, have played a few of the local venues, and taken part in events for a couple of local charities.”

Plywood Smile members are guitarist/vocalist Noah Buck, percussionist Jack Fernandez and bass player Keith Watson.

“They will be sharing a date with a veteran of the N.C. music scene, Greg Humphreys,” Robl said. “Greg Humphreys Electric Trio will return to DB&E for the third time in conjunction with a fall tour to promote their upcoming release ‘Haymaker.’”

“Haymaker,” to be released this fall, will focus on ’70s-influenced funk and soul songs.

Music fans might be familiar with Humphreys from his years leading North Carolina favorite bands Dillon Fence and Hobex. The Greg Humphreys Electric Trio formed in New York City in 2014 when Humphreys began playing with fellow Southern transplants Keith Robinson, drummer, and bassist Matt Brandau.

This year’s venue, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, and the event’s new time, from 2 to 6 p.m., have been met with positive feedback from this season’s concert-goers.

“In addition to the great music, we have some incredible food trucks lined up, too,” Robl said.

Food trucks scheduled for Oct. 6 are Chirba Chirba, Cockadoodlemoo and Get A Piz-za This.

Oct. 20 food trucks include Abode Joe, Spanglish and Sub Tropic.

Wristbands are needed only with beer and wine purchase; cost is $1.

Take a chair or blanket.