Gig in the Park concerts start April 18

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The Downtown Alive concert series has as new name and a new venue. The spring concerts are moving from the grassy lot on Tarboro Street to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and will be called Gig in the Park.

The musical series will continue to bring some of the best of East Coast beach music now blended with new sounds including classic rock, rhythm and blues, reggae, country, tribute bands and more.

The series kicks off April 18 with The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. The Embers are no strangers to Wilson and will be returning with some of the area’s favorite beach music tunes.

Other concerts are Band of Oz on May 2, Nantucket on May 16, Mystic Vibrations on May 30 and Legacy Motown Review on June 13.

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park has a grassy green area, a new stage, large multi-purpose shade shelter, plentiful picnic tables, evening lighting and, of course, the whirligigs. 

This family-friendly concerts offer something for everyone including an array of food trucks, kids' activities, dancing and cold beverages. 

The Gig in the Park free concert series is presented by Wilson Downtown Development Corporation partnering with the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, along with community and corporate sponsors. 

Like the Downtown Alive series, Gig in the Park will also be on Wednesday evenings but with a time change, running from 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m.

Any date changes due to inclement weather will be posted on the Historic Downtown Wilson Facebook page by noon on concert day and shared with media sponsors for public distribution.