“Jammin' Jimmy,” who got his name from “Good Times” actor J.J. Walker, would clean up Saturday night at the Rumba After Five Party at the Black Water Grille.
The family event will include food, drink and a highlight video of the fleet-footed runners in the LRA 5K race, hotshot children in the BB&T/Time Warner Family Fun Run, and the tearing eyes of those judging the spicy cuisine at the Budweiser Chili Cook-off. Mime artist Jef Lambdin will perform.
There will be limbo and Hula-Hoop contests for everyone, but the flexible younger folks will be favored to walk away with gift certificates, T-shirts and bragging rights.
It is the second year the Black Water Grille has hosted Rumba After Five.
“We're proud to be a part of the Rumba, which has become an annual tradition in Lumberton,” said Rob Redfearn, co-owner of the bistro a block from the LRA finish line. “We think we can really add something to the event. It will be a family- and kid-friendly atmosphere.”
Rumba After Five starts - as the name suggests - a 1 second after 5 p.m., giving the bold and daring who want to double-dip plenty of time to rest their muscles. Disc jockey Bobby Bodiford will spin the tunes.
The Carolina Shaggers will be out in full force, with eight dance stops along the LRA 5K course. While these non-stop dancers appear to have boundless energy, I'm putting my money on the limber children who will climb and wriggle around the Kidz Zone to bag the limbo and Hula-Hoop prizes.
If you're not exhausted by 9:30, hustle over to Adelio's Restaurant and frolic to the beat of El Salvadorian band, Grupo Miel, which will delight with salsa, marimba, reggae and other hot Spanish-flavored numbers.
“You can't sit down, they make you want to get up and move your body,” said Adelio Cruz, who on Tuesday hosted the largest ever pre-Rumba Chamber Mixer. “I'm gonna be up there dancing.”
Start your music weekend on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center as the Craig Woolard Band performs. Woolard, a former member of The Embers, has a closet full of CAMMY Awards, and has appeared on the same bill with The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Beach Boys, Percy Sledge, Archie Bell and Alabama.
Don't let the Rumba weekend pass without shaking your tail.
- Michael Jaenicke is the Features editor of The Robesonian, a member of the Robeson Road Runners, and a former fifth-grade limbo champ at Western Elementary.