Mickey Mills to bring reggae sound to community concert

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Mickey Mills and Steel will be performing at the second 1st Fridays on the Lawn of the season.

Mickey Mills first started playing the steel drums at 12 years old in the Solo Harmonite Steel Orchestra. In 1970, he moved to New York and worked with artists like Mick Jagger, Ralph McDonald, The Mighty Sparrow, Johnny Mathis and Lord Kitchener.

Today he lives in Carrboro where he continues performing and leads an educational program titled Steel-A-Rama. He will perform with his full band Steel this Friday.

The band will bring the reggae style to Wilson.

This week will also be special for the series because the Human Relations Commission will be celebrating National Night Out. National Night Out is a nationwide effort to highlight the police and community partnership against crime. The celebration will include the Wilson Police Department, Wilson Fire, EMS, 9-1-1, Wilson County Rescue, Wilson County Emergency Management and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Food vendors will be set up along Jackson Street, next to the library lawn. Affordable menus will include hot dogs, hamburgers, fish, snow cones and candy apples.

Non-profit organizations will also be set up with educational outreach displays. Each community orangization donates a door prize, and a drawing will be held during intermission.

Each month in case of inclement weather, the concerts will continue to move indoors in the Arts Council’s Boykin Center downtown. The schedule remains the same with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the music starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.