Finale concert wraps up with R&B tunes

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The 1st Fridays on the Lawn finale concert will be Friday, Oct. 5, 6 to 9 p.m. on the Wilson County Library lawn, located at 249 Nash St.

The concert series is sponsored by the City of Wilson’s Human Relations Office. Participants are encouraged to take their lawn chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy music, children’s activities, food vendors and informative community booths.

“We’ve enjoyed the season of music and diversity,” said Renee Smith, director of Human Relations. “We want everyone in the community to come help us wrap up the series and support our community partners.”

The Nigel Experience, will bring soulful sounds of Motown, R&B, funk, beach music and today’s latest hits. Mark A. Jones, aka “Nigel,” was born and raised in Durham. The band’s show is a mix of old and new school music. Each band member brings his own individual flare and feel, allowing the band to provide a high energy, fun-filled diverse show.

During the band’s intermission, around 7 p.m., the audience will be entertained by the Loyal Leisure Club cheerleaders. This sassy group of senior citizens will show off their charms and zest for life with a variety of upbeat cheers and dance routines.

The Wilson Youth Council will host free children’s activities including a large inflatable obstacle course for older children and a bounce house for younger children. Wilson Youth Council teen members volunteer for about 30 service projects a year developing their leadership skills.

Keeping with their motto to “engage, educate and celebrate,” the Human Relations Office will host several community educational booths during the concert. Community groups will sponsor door prizes for audience members. Concert attendees should make sure to register at the Human Relations Commission tent. You must be present to win.

Booths will include Girl Scouts, Nash Edgecombe Economic Development, Wilson Energy, Tarheel Challenge Academy and N.C. Wesleyan College.

Jackson Street, beside the library lawn, will be filled with several food vendors with a wide variety of choices. Food vendors for this concert will include Jerry’s on Wheels, Everett’s Concessions, Krueger’s hot dogs, Chick-fil-A, Snobunni snow cones and the Mount Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 42 with a fish fry.

1st Fridays on the Lawn is a family-friendly event. Admission is free. All concerts are alcohol free. Picnics are welcome, but no glass containers or cookouts on site. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are preferred to be left at home, but if brought must obey the leash law.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to Bill’s Convention Center.

To learn more about the Human Relations Commission, search the City of Wilson’s website (WilsonNC.org) or contact the Human Relations Office by calling 399-2308.