PEMBROKE — Just in time for beach weather, beach music is coming to the Givens Performing Arts Center Friday.
Robert Lee Smith & The Original Tams and the Craig Woolard Band will be playing at 8 p.m., their second concert on that stage.
“They were so impressive the first time around, fans have been asking for them every year since 2001,” said Tasha Oxendine, the marketing director for GPAC. “We have a good number of beach fans in the area.”
Tickets are $20, $15, and $12 for children or students. The show is $5 for students of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and $15 for faculty and staff.
The show is also Public Service Providers Night, so any police, fire, rescue, electric utilities, cable and almost any municipal employee can get in for $12.
“We want to celebrate our regional firemen, policemen and all those who protect and serve the public,” Oxendine said. “Our public service providers keep our communities going and we want to celebrate them with a fun night out.”
Robert Lee Smith & The Original Tams have recorded 10 albums and have been performing for 38 years. They have a string of hits including “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am,” which reached No. 6 on the Billboard charts, “Lied To Your Daddy,” “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me,” “Laugh It Off,” and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.”
Craig Woolard has been in the music industry since he was 14 years old. He performed at President Clinton’s inauguration and has appeared on stage with such famous groups as The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Beach Boys, and Albama, and artists Percy Sledge and Archie Bell.
“The Tams are such an institution in the industry,” Oxendine said. “Craig Woolard is also very popular in the area and has thrilled thousands with their renditions of beach music and popular hits. Both bands are real favorites.”