Making music come alive

Friday Music Jam a 16-year tradition in Wilson

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With every new tune at the Friday Music Jam, the dance floor at the Wilson County Senior Activity Center filled to capacity.

“It’s the best thing going in Wilson in the middle of the day,” said Shirley Bean, lead singer for The Senior Hound Dawg Band. “We touch a lot of people. It’s just a good thing going on.”

The event has been drawing in dancers and aficionados of good music for the last 16 years with classic country, gospel and a touch of beach music hits.

The event got started at Robbins Jewelry and Music Store in downtown Wilson but has been at the senior center for about the last decade.

“We have a lot of people that come out to dance and a lot of people that come out to just talk,” Bean said. “A lot of them have restricted driving licenses and don’t like to come out at night.”

The event is from noon to 3 p.m. every Friday that the senior center is open.

Its popularity has grown by word of mouth over the years.

The band is not paid but receives tips from the crowd. There is no admission fee.

And it’s not just for older adults.

“We’ve had kids come, and we’ve had teenagers come,” Bean said.

There’s just no smoking and drinking in the building.

“We try to keep the tone of the conversation down to where it’s not vulgar in any way,” Bean said.

The building seats anywhere from 100 to 150 people.

“We’re there to entertain the people and give them something to enjoy. It makes music alive,” Bean said. “We want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves.”

Refreshments are served at the event. The Wilson County Senior Activity Center is located at 1808 Goldsboro St. SW. For more information, call 252-206-4059.

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